Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern was one of my highly anticipated reads this year, so I was thrilled when I was able to get my hands on a copy. The concept really drew me in, and I had such high hopes for the book. However, the main character was too impulsive and sort of selfish for me, and there were some graphic scenes that I wasn’t prepared for. As much as I wanted to love this book, I ended up a little disappointed with it.

Review: Flawed by Cecelia AhernTitle: Flawed (Flawed #1)
Series: Flawed #1
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Rating: three-stars
Series Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Flawed has such an intriguing concept! This dystopian tells the story of a perfect society where anyone who steps out of place is branded as a Flawed. The idea of a person being an outcast because of their decisions and lifestyle really interested me. I had super high expectations for this one, which is probably why it just didn’t hit the mark for me.

❀ Main Character Makes Poor Decisions

I had a few problems with the main character in Flawed. Celestine is the kind of character who is too quick to judge others. Also, her decision making skills are very poor. She never listens to anyone else’s side of the story, which also really bothered me. I feel like, in her situation, she could have tried a lot harder to forgive people instead of pushing them away. Without a connection to the main character, this book just really didn’t draw me in as I had hoped.

❀ Disturbing Story

A few parts in Flawed were also pretty unpleasant to read about. Certain scenes in the book were too graphic for me, and kind of disturbing. I understand that these scenes add to the mood of the book and that the author is just trying to be descriptive, but it got to a point where it was a little too much. I really don’t like feeling squeamish when I’m reading a book, so this was a turn-off for me.

❀ Intriguing Dystopian

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern is a dystopian novel with a super intriguing concept that had so much potential. However, the impulsive main character and a few graphic scenes were disappointing. Despite those elements, Flawed did have moments that were enjoyable and the concept is quite interesting. I would still recommend this book if you are willing to overlook the main character’s behaviour and can tolerate a story with very graphic scenes.

Book Quotes: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

“I am a girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white. Remember this.”

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11 thoughts on “Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

  1. Arvenig says:

    WOW I love your review so much!! I just added the book to my to-read shelf on gd!
    I just found your blog it’s so welcoming and I love your review format!

  2. alilovesbooks says:

    I thought the main character read a bit younger than her age and I spent a lot of time shouting at her not to be so naïve but other than that I really liked this book. I thought the graphic scenes actually made the book.

  3. Rebecca (@readingwishes) says:

    Sorry this was a let down for you. It’s always such a disappointment when a book doesn’t meet your expectations. It sounds like the character definitely could have been less quick to judge. Nonetheless, great review.

  4. Jaime Lynn says:

    Yours is the second review for Flawed that I have read, and they both have been less than stellar reviews. Characters are so important, and when I don’t like a character, I have a hard time with a story no matter how good it is.

  5. Sarah Dickinson says:

    I love Cecelia Ahern so at some point I will probably pick this up and give it a go! Certainly sounds like a good read anyway, definitely something to get stuck into on a rainy Tuesday night! haha! Thanx for the review! xoxo

  6. AdrianaTonicher (@TonicherAdriana) says:

    yay its this book im interested in this month 🙂 if i read the book i hope i like it, descriptive scenes are not a problem for me i think..about her we will see once i read the book,but i dont think it will be a problem too 😛 thank you for your review and im excited for this book !! 🙂

  7. writofwit says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this book so I’m a little sad that there are some issues with the description and the MC. It’s a fine line, I guess, when it comes to describing disturbing scenes. I’m not sure if it will be a problem for me but I’m also not sure if the fact that they won’t bother me is a problem (I’m not sure if that made sense). I might still give this a cautious go. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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