The SelectionBook - 2012
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Cynthia_N Sep 29, 2013
I enjoyed this book. The author was able to draw me in quickly and keep me interested. The closer I got to the end of the book the more I kept wondering if the author would be able to resolve the conflicted state of America. I was frustrated and delighted to see that there is a second book.
natalie_g Sep 27, 2013
So, not the great American novel. But who expected it to be?
For those of you who passionately hated this book for not being what you expected, you set yourself up for failure. The cover, the names, the summary on the book jacket. All of these things were fair warning.
I am personally not a fan... Read More »
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cmlibrary_acallan thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
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"Circumstances being what they are, I haven't had the opportunity to fall in love..." k
-- Maxon pg. 115
"Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in sending off America Singer, our favorite Daughter of Illea!"
"One can never help being born into perfection" i whispered.
He came close, wrapping an arm around my waist so that we faced each other. His nose tickled mine. He ran his fingers across my check so gently it seemed he was afraid i might break.
"No, i don't suppose you can,'' He breathed
With his hand holding my face towards his he lowered his lips to mine and gave me the faintest whisper of a kiss.
Something about the tentativeness of it made me feel beautiful. Without a word, i could understand how excited he was to have this moment, but then afraid at the same time. And deeper then any of that, i sensed that he adored me."
"True love is usually the most inconvenient kind."
"No, I'm not choosing him or you. I'm choosing me."
"You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes."
"Knee-jerk reaction. Literally. I kneed His Majesty in the thigh. Hard."
It is just so hilarious the prince's reaction after she does that.
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It's time for a new Selection - the process used for princes of Illéa to find their queens. America Singer, a poor Five who is not all wanting to enter the Selection, unlike most girls, is persuaded by her family and secret boyfriend to enter. America figures that it's no big deal, since she probably won't win anyway, but miracles do happen. Once America arrives at the palace, she realizes that the competition may prove fiercer than she ever expected, and America realizes that she's in for more than just the good food.
35 girls and 1 prince. They all fight to be the prince's wife. Main character, America finds herself trapped in The Selection by accident. She struggles to find who she really loves but is determine to not leave The Selection right away.
America Singer is among the 35 girls (one from each of the provinces of Illéa) presented to Prince Maxon as potential future brides. Nevertheless, America is less than ecstatic at being selected. Unbeknownst to the other girls partaking in the Selection, America has already found the love of her life—and has no intention of marrying Maxon. However, the more familiar she becomes with Maxon, he grows on her. Things heat up fast as the love of America’s life is assigned to be a palace guard. With both of her love interests only a stone’s throw away, America needs to make a decision that could determine the rest of her life.
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a liftime.
The opportunity to be swept up in a world of jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. it means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually she begins to realized that the life she's always dreamed of May not compare to a future she never imagined.
In this thrilling book, America Singer a 5 from Carolina has been chosen to compete in the selection, the chance of a lifetime at least that's how it was for most girls. However Americas heart was still back in Carolina and as she continued her competition, she found her self lost in thought about who she was really in love with.
America never wanted to join the selection. She just did it for Aspen. When the time comes, she finds herself Selected to join the selection. In the end will she stay with Maxon or go back home to see Aspen? Read the book to find out!
America Singer has been near the bottom her whole life. But when she has the chance to move straight to the top her friends and family encourage her to do it. Only catch if the prince likes her she will be queen someday.
This book starts out with a caste system based on how much money you have. The girl america singer is her name, she is in love with someone in a lower cast. When the selection is announced (which is a choice the prince has to make to make the love of his life through a random draw of 35 girls) she is forced to sign up. Out of all the girls in the country she is one out of 35 of the girls. All the girls will compete for the prince.
Who will be Prince Maxon's fiancee? Of course not America Singer, only a five who loves to perform. Everyone's joining the contest so what chance would there be for her to be chosen? None, it would seem. For the sake of her mother America enters the contest only to find out she's been put in an arena to fight for the prince's love. Who will win Maxon's heart?
America Singer, a five in the war-ruined country Illea, enters a contest to go be Prince Maxon's "darling". She thinks ugh. Her mother thinks aww. So she enters the contest for her mother. (the rest is spoiler alert) At the castle, she makes friends and enemies. She wants to be Maxon"s friend instead of lover. Make sure to read the next book, The Elite.
Coarse Language: Very small amount but still there. Not horrible words though.
Sexual Content: Slight innuendos, kissing. Doesn't get much wrose than that.