Cecelia Ahern - Flawed (Flawed #1)Published: April 5, 2016 by Feiwel and Friends
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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You will be punished…
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.
I can't be Flawed. I can't be Flawed.
I am perfect.
I am perfect.
Well, I'm glad you think so, Celestine.
Remember in Monsters Inc. if one of the monsters accidentally touched a human item (i.e. a sock), the code was called, one of the monsters was considered contaminated, the yellow suits and helicopters swarmed in to de-contaminate the situation? That's this book.
Celestine North believes she lives in a flawless world. She's a model citizen and daughter, and dating the judge's son, Art Crevan. However, her world is more "flawed" (aah, I'm so punny) than its initial appearance. If someone were to disrespect society in any way, they are immediately branded with an F. For Flawed.
One day, Celestine is on the bus with her boyfriend, Art, and her sister, when she notices an older gentleman, who is branded with the fatal letter F for Flawed, choking. No one else seems to notice or care, so she feels obligated to help him. Art insists she doesn't, Celestine tells a few women to change seats with him, one of whom with a broken leg, and the women create a scene. The bus driver stops the bus, Celestine thinks she won, but she's greeted by The Whistleblowers, who arrest her and drag her, screaming, into a police van. Meanwhile, the choking man turns out to be miraculously fine.
Celestine's problem was telling the woman with the broken leg to move. Also: mind your business. 100%: the choking man would've been fine, anyway. The point of Celestine jumping from her seat to help an ailing man was to show how selfless and angelic she is. But did it work out in her favor? Not exactly.
Celestine is taken to the precinct. Her parents find her, crying and disappointed. She needs people to vouch for her innocence. She tries to get her boyfriend and her sister, but suddenly neither are available. Also in the precinct is a conspicuous, shy, sexy bad boy combination, Carrick. He sits in the corner and broods. Mind you, they're the only two in the precinct. Together. Pure irony. Two teenagers of the exact same age. Alone. In a precinct.
I DNFed a minute later. Love you, Cecelia. Loved Love, Rosie as well, but this was immensely disappointing.