The Selection

The Selection

Book - 2012
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"Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illǎ, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illǎ's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her"--
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, ©2012.
ISBN: 9780062059932
Characteristics: 327 pages ;,22 cm.


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shimbo Oct 06, 2013

loved it!! can't wait to read all four

sarahmustwrite Jul 06, 2012

I enjoyed this book tremenjusly. There was an abundance of pretty dresses and delicious food, and there was a surprising amount of real weight to the book. America is feisty and not afraid to show it. Maxon is ineffably endearing.

Aspen, on the other hand, drives me nuts. His make-out scenes wi... Read More »

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May 21, 2018

The absolute best book every. Its my favourite, right ahead of Divergent. And the rest of the series is just as amazing.

DCLteens Mar 29, 2018

A fiercely stubborn red-head, America, lives in Illea, a post-war US. Prince Maxon has come of age to marry, and the competition begins. The selection is a competitive race for the prince's hand between all of the adoring girls in Illea aspiring to become the Princess of Illea. 35 girls are chosen. There is only one winner. Who will win the prince's heart, and the crown?
Reviewed by Mindy, a Teen Library Council member

SPPL_Aura Mar 13, 2018

Not a big fan of love triangles where the MC is all, "Oh, I just cant choose. They are both so great!" This book didn't lean too heavily on that but it was definitely there. I did find the world and society pretty interesting though. Overall, I'm conflicted.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

The premise was interesting, but the book just didn't deliver. The main character is so unlikable that caring what happens to her in the story is challenging. Great cover though.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

The Bachelor with royalty! And rebels! And swoon-worthy kissing!

Nov 25, 2017

I love this book series so much. It captivated me so easily, right from the first page. Witty, creative, dramatic, and so descriptive, The Selection easily makes its way to my Top Five Series of All Time list. I was so sad when it ended, and will be forever hoping for more. Amazing story, love it!!!

cmlibrary_acallan Nov 06, 2017

The Selection by Kiera Cass is a fairly typical young adult novel. We're introduced to a strong heroine as she competes to win a "Bachelor"-like contest in a future and post-apocalyptic world. It reminded me of the "Hunger Games" trilogy but with ball gowns.

Oct 23, 2017

As someone who felt the strains of financial struggle as a kid and a teenager, I understand the importance of doing something that isn't your cup of tea to ensure your family is taken care of at home.

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Oct 12, 2017

Good book

Aug 23, 2017

The first thing I wanted to say about this book is that it reminded me of a very twisted version of “The Bachelor.” For reference I am not a fan of the bachelor. I usually love books that take place in a dystopia with forbidden love thrown into the mix but this one just feels like it could’ve been done better. With all the rebellion stuff going on why is our protagonists main concern choosing between two guys? That and the whole competing for a prince's heart thing just makes it so hard to relate to this character in the modern feminist time that is 2018. I couldn’t get past these things and so I wasn’t able to let myself get immersed in the story.
- @bookanarchy of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Selection is one of my favourite dystopian novels because of the many elements hidden within the folds of the book. There are some parts that fall short for me but the majority of the time I am in love with characters and plotline. The only grudge I have is the immense attention that this book gets because there are a lot of good books that can be appreciated but for some reason The Selection series is singled out amongst all. So we have America as the protagonist, a bold and independent girl from Five who is chosen to be a part of the Selection and has a chance to be the queen of Ilea. But America doesn’t take this gently and is angry at being in the palace unwillingly. Somehow this strikes the prince, Maxon, and the two become friends slowly. But the Selection is a turmoil of emotions, jealousy and a little bit of rebellion; where nothing is as it seems and you must fight your way to the top… or fall back onto a hard surface that the people of Ilea call their lives. It’s a game of what status you are at, what you are, and who you want to be. Rating 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Selection is one of the best books I have ever read. America Singer is a strong, stubborn, and humorous girl with red hair and a hot temper who wants nothing to do with competing for the hand of Prince Maxon of Illea alongside 34 other girls. Left broken hearted by her last boyfriend, America goes to the palace and learns that Prince Maxon wasn’t who she thought he’d be. The Selection is impossible to put down. The characters of America, Maxon and Aspen are just borderline amazing. The love between the characters is incredibly sweet and will make you wish you were them. This romance will have you awing and laughing in all the right places. Definitely a must read.
- @booksniffer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This book left me with some mixed feelings. It was entertaining to read but simultaneously there were so many problems within the writing. For example, the characters; you have the "nice girl" and the typical "mean girl" who manages to stay in the competition despite the fact that she is obviously a horrible person. The main character America was self-absorbed, and the writing made her feel like that one special girl who the prince favoured despite the fact that she was always saying and doing tactless things. The characters felt so one-dimensional and lacked depth. Also the world-building. Or lack thereof. This whole book is just romance with some references to the outside world thrown in. Now despite the fact that there were so many problems with the writing, the idea of the competition for 35 girls to compete for a prince did make me interested, although it was basically a mash-up of The Bachelor and The Hunger Games. The entertainment factor of this story was alright; there was lots of (slightly frivolous) drama. I would say that this was a light fluffy read with romance that might entertain you, but with not a lot of substance.
- @Lumos of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Jun 22, 2016

"True love is usually the most inconvenient kind." - The Selection

Jun 19, 2016

"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!"

Mar 12, 2016

I bet May would Cry if she ate one of these! Wanna bet?

Aug 18, 2015

"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."

Aug 12, 2015

It's hard to get a hug wrong

Jul 13, 2015

"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."

Jul 12, 2015

"Knee-jerk reaction. Literally. I kneed His Majesty in the thigh. Hard."

Jul 12, 2015

"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.

Jul 07, 2015

“You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes.”

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Jul 19, 2016

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.

Jun 22, 2016

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.

Aug 06, 2015

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.

Jul 14, 2015

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.

Jul 12, 2015

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.

Jul 12, 2015

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!

Jul 02, 2015

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.

Jun 23, 2015

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.

May 21, 2015

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?

Aug 04, 2014

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.

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Aug 04, 2014

Coarse Language: Very small amount but still there. Not horrible words though.

Aug 04, 2014

Sexual Content: Not bad in this book in the series.

bookgeek101 Feb 11, 2013

Sexual Content: Slight innuendos, kissing. Doesn't get much wrose than that.

bookgeek101 Feb 11, 2013

Violence: The girls fight against each other, verbally and physically.

bookgeek101 Feb 11, 2013

Coarse Language: Very slight swearing, not noticable.

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