The Selection

The Selection

Book - 2012
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"Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illéa, 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 Illéa's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062059932
Characteristics: 327 p. ; 22 cm


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Nov 05, 2019

This series is just awesome! The characters are so down to earth, and this book was such a good start to the series. You will LOVE this book, and the whole series!!

Oct 29, 2019

This book is "The Hunger Games" meets "The Bachelor." It's extremely teenager-y and silly, but it's also really fun to read and I just flew through the series. And my teenage daughter absolutely loves them.

Sep 30, 2019

I can't really review this book because it was so confusing that I couldn't really read it. I couldn't tell if it was a period piece or present day and the odd talk about how the main character didn't know what Halloween was confused me even more. I skipped around hoping to find at least a hint of romance but I only found one small part; a series of kisses between America and Aspen. That's not intended to be a spoiler or anything. This isn't a book that I would normally read but I was mesmerized by the cover in the teen section of the Mill Creek library. It doesn't really read like a teen novel which might have been part of the problem. But fortunately there are plenty of other books on my TBR list.

Aug 22, 2019

I hate this book with every fiber of my being. The main character is fickle, shallow, unintelligent, and I couldn't listen to her for a second longer than I did in my reading. Utterly predictable garbage.

Aug 06, 2019

One of my fav series highly recommend it


The Selection is a great read! It is a mixture of romance and adventure. It is very captivating as well as exciting. America Singer is selected to have a chance to compete for the role of Prince Maxon’s bride and the role of queen. She is forced to leave behind her family and secret boyfriend Aspen. She also has to make a lot of tough decisions. I loved this book because there was never a dull moment and it was romantic without being too mushy. I would definitely recommend this book to teens looking for a good read. On a scale of 1-5, I would rate this book a 4.5. Analisa, grade 11, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Jul 15, 2019

this book was a amzing i loved this book so much. this book was like if the hunger games and the bachlor combined together.

Jul 11, 2019

The selction is a very entertaining book with lots of loveable characters (and couples you'll root for untill the end). I really liked this book because it kept me reading and wanting to see what happened next. The selection is sort of a cross between the hunger games and the bachelor. I would recommend this book to people ages 11 plus.

Jul 02, 2019

It’s no sophisticated prose but it’s a rather light, entertaining read. Fair warning, make sure to have quick access to the rest of the series as you will want to keep moving through the story once you turn the final page

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Oct 28, 2018

Its hard to get a hug wrong.

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.

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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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