Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
My rating: 5/5
GoodReads plot summary: Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.
But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.
In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
My review: In my opinion, GoodReads plot summary says everything you need to know in order to decide whether you’d like to read it or not; but still– I’m going to write spoiler-free review because I just need to share my thoughts and feeling and this overflowing excitement for the “Perfect” which comes out next year!
First of all, let me say that the first 50 pages of “Flawed” got me really pulled in the story, so I just wanted to read and read more (Cecelia Ahern’s magic skill, I guess). I must tell that “Flawed” is her debut Young Adult novel with a mix of dystopia. It introduces you to the society of moralists / “perfect” people and if you make bad decisions/lie/are disloyal to the society/step out of line with society you get branded with “F” mark which means that you’re “flawed” and people treat “flawed” with disgust and at the same time are very afraid to be found “flawed” by the society, which I don’t get because WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? Being a killer is far worse than being “flawed”. The book would be more entertaining if Cecelia Ahern came up with a better dystopia society idea.
Okay, that was my first impression.
After I read 50 more pages, the book got me SO thrilled and I started to really like it because one of the messages this book carries is “always tell the truth, no matter how hard it can be”. Yet, I didn’t get this machine-like behavior of people.
However, when I thought better on this “Flawed” society, it occurred to me that by these “perfect” people Cecelia Ahern might have wanted to show us these guys who keep judging everyone.
But I still couldn’t understand this machine-like behavior, and with that, Nicholas Hoult helped me (lol): I was watching EuroNews and there was his interview about “Equals” movie (by the way, I watched it last week and it was just oK), he told something like: “Actually it’s interesting how popular are various therapies nowadays, which are aimed to teach people how to take control over different emotions and situations. It seems to me that that demonstrates more how unconfident they are rather than these expressions of fear or despair on their faces, which they try so hard to evade”. Don’t get me wrong, “Flawed” society doesn’t turn off their emotions, it’s just,- their feeling of disgust overcomes the feeling of compassion and most of them do not have such quality as benevolence.
Overall, it was a refreshing read, as I haven’t read a fast-paced novel for a while. Also, you know, when I saw the title “Flawed” it immediately associated with “Flawless” song [The Neighborhood] in my mind and actually, they go well together. I must add that when I started reading it, I didn’t know what to expect as it is my first Cecelia Ahern novel and I didn’t pay much attention to the synopsis and was glad that it turned out to be such a good read. Sometimes it reminded me of “Delirium” (which is one of my favorite series actually).
“Flawed” is simply amazing, both the writing style and the plot – I loved it! So thrilled about its sequel “Perfect” coming next year!
Let me finish this review with the line from the “Flawed”:
“Our flaws are our strenths”.