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YA Dystopian | Flawed | Cecelia Ahern

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I’ve read a few of Cecelia Ahern’s novels (before my blogging days began) and I know that if you haven’t read her novels you will have heard of the movie adaptations (P.S. I Love You/Love, Rosie).  When I saw that the author had written a dystopian YA series and after reading the blurb, I was intrigued.  How could I resist?

Flawed is the first in this series and I have to say that I couldn’t put it down.

Book cover Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 2080 KB

Print Length: 334 pages

Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (24 Mar. 2016)


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 in which 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 this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.


This was a thought provoking world for me.  The Guild was originally created to remove flawed people from leadership positions after the corruption from those previously with power causing problems.  Overseeing the inquisition of moral or ethical mistakes, the Guild itself is expanding and possibly going global.  As with most things that are newly created to meet a need (and in its early stages still), the policy has gathered momentum too quickly with no reflections on the impact or supervision on how it’s working.

At Celestine’s home with Judge Crevan at the head of the table while they celebrate Earth Day there is intimation that all is not as it should be.  This is a family that on the surface is perfect.  Mum is a model in demand and for her everything has to be perfect.  Celestine is a perfectionist too but about language and behaviour.  Sister Juniper is a just under a year younger than her and rebels by dressing in black and being outspoken (families have colour palettes for clothes so they don’t appear fragmented).  Brother Ewan we don’t get to know much about (I’m hoping he has a role as the series unfolds).  Dad is head of News24.  At the meal they get to witness a Whistleblower taking away a family friend for possibly being Flawed which leads Celestine to question the whole system.  She’s never been confronted by the reality before and shortly afterwards, torn between doing what’s right and what will cause her to break a rule she follows her heart.  For me, this was when the story became tense.

As with all politics there’s anti-Guild and pro-Guild. Celestine is a reluctant heroine neither wanting to be in the spotlight or even to be noticed but of course becomes a catalyst.  Naive and trusting we see her start to question everything and move away from the logical person she is to listen to her intuition and look below the surface.

I like to end a reading session at the start of a new chapter but that was hard to do with Flawed.  I felt compelled to continue because I just had to know!  I loved that even though I knew certain scenes were coming up,  the detail and the effect on me was much more than I thought it would be.

There is so much to talk about with this novel.  For a first in a series, Flawed lays the foundations perfectly (forgive the pun).  I need to find out what will happen with Carrick … and what about Art?  Will his role change completely and be unrecognisable?  I’m hoping that Pia and Berry are safe and what will happen to her family?  Will Juniper stop feeling guilty?

What a cliffhanger to leave us on!  Fabulous place to end to keep us wanting more.

As I was reading Flawed I thought I could just see this up on the movie screen.  When I searched, I found that (before release) Flawed had been picked up by Warner Bros.  This is one movie added straight to my list!

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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