Middle school students have reading interests that run the gamut from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Twilight. Sometimes as a parent it is hard to know what is age appropriate for your child. Through this blog, I will try to help parents make informed decisions about what is available in our library. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for our parents, and that we can all work together to make our students life-long readers!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Selection

The Selection
by Kiera Cass
From the publisher:
"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 a 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."

This was a really fun, light and fluffy read. Kind of like The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor TV show.  What a fun premise!  There were some things that irritated me (particularly the poor world-building), but it still kept my interest and was very enjoyable. The last section was kind of disappointing, the love-triangle felt rather forced, and sometimes America did silly things that bugged me, yet I still really liked it.  My middle-schoolers LOVE this book, although one of them mentioned to me that it looked like the girl on the cover was smelling her armpit, and now that is all I see when I look at it!

Areas of concern:  Around 5 uses of the "d" word.  Some kissing.   A little bit of implied violence.  Overall a very clean read.

Suggested ages:
Publishers Weekly - Ages 13+
School Library Journal - Grades 8+

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