Ok, I know I don’t normally read books with pretty girls in fancy dresses on the front.  That type of thing usually turns me away, but then I joined the bookstagram community (@fandomfootsoldiers on instagram – check it out).  I started seeing these books all over the place.  Granted, The Crown just came out on May 3rd, but still, everyone was talking about how great these books were and how they are such quick yet fun reads.  I started to notice that every time I went to the library, I kept looking at the books, so I thought to myself, go ahead, try the first book and if you hate it, oh well, right?

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Book Synopsis: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime.  The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth.  To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels.  To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous 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.  Leaving her home to enter fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want.  Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon.  Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.  

I read this book in one day, so yes, it is a quick read.  I was surprised.  I hate reality shows and this book is basically The Bachelor, but instead it features a Prince add in a few more rules, challenges and a few dangerous moments and you have The Selection.

America Singer lives in the distant future.  A future where the country we know as the United States of America no longer exists.  It is now called Ilea and there is a Monarchy in charge.  There are  eight castes designating your standing in the community.  The Royal Family are Ones.  Two through eight are the rest of the country.  Twos have it good with jobs like modeling and Eights are the lowest of the low, basically homeless and begging for whatever they can get.   Fives are the artists; singers, painters, etc.  America is a five.  She is a singer and a musician.  She and her mother entertain at parties.  Her father and little sister are painters and her little brother is undecided.  She seems to like what she does, she loves her family, and best of all, she has a secret boyfriend.  His name is Aspen.  Their relationship is a secret because Aspen is a six.  Marrying between castes isn’t forbidden, but it’s a lot of paperwork, money and it would mean that America would have to go down a caste.  So they have kept their relationship a secret until of course, The Selection is announced.  The Selection happens only when a Prince comes of age and is ready to take over the Monarchy.  Eligible girls must apply for the chance to be apart of it.  One girl from each of the thirty five provinces will be chosen.  Their families are generously compensated for the time that their daughter spends in the competition and if their daughter is chosen to become the next Princess, the entire family will get to move up through the caste system right along with their daughter.  This is a chance of a lifetime for any family, but America doesn’t want to do it.  She’s already found the love of her life.  Unforturtunately her boyfriend Aspen has other thoughts.  Aspen hates that he is a six and doesn’t want to drag America down with him, so he breaks up with her and tells her to enter.  America is seriously broken-hearted, but still enters and big surprise, she is chosen.  We wouldn’t have a book if she didn’t right?

America is shipped off to the Palace where she meets the girls she will be competing against and of course, Prince Maxon himself.  I hate to give anything away.  I don’t believe in spoilers, but this is where the book gets good.  The competition is heated from the very start.  A lot of the book is predictable yet I still couldn’t put it down.  If you are looking for a light quick read filled with a little romance, a lot of jealous competitive girls, and danger always on the horizon, then this is the book for you.  In the meantime, I will be moving onto the next book in the series, The Elite, because I gotta know what happens next in the lives of these crazy girls.