Hello, everyone! I’m back with another week of For the Love of a Book!! Did you miss me last week? I failed miserably in blogging last week because I didn’t take my computer home last weekend and then went to Atlanta on a field trip Wednesday…but you don’t care. You just want to know what book I’m recommending this week!! So here we go!
Drumroll, please…The Selection series! This series is AMAZING. Keep you on the edge of your seat, engaged, rooting for various characters the entire time…that amazing. Today, I’m just going to focus on the first book in the series, The Selection, but rest assured that the entire series is completely worth your time.
The Selection is like dystopian literature meets The Bachelor. So if you’re into the idea of a dude meeting his true love by dating 25 women then you’re going to love this book. And if you’re not a fan of the fakey-fake nature of The Bachelor then you’re still gonna want to try this book because the story line is true and the path to romance sincere. Throw in some rebels, a love triangle, and laughs and you’ve got the recipe for success.
Basically, the story centers around a girl named America who lives in Illea, which is located in the remnants of North America – dystopian, remember? America is in love with Aspen but he’s in a lower caste system than her so their relationship has to be kept a secret. Then they have a fight and she enters into The Selection (the prince’s way to find a wife), sure she’ll never win…until her name is drawn as the girl from her province. She’s whisked off to the palace, glad for the excuse to leave Aspen. From her very first meeting with the prince, Maxon, you know that it’s going to be a roller coaster. At first, she promises to be a friend to Maxon because she’s still in love with Aspen so, even though she’s not interested in a romance with the prince, she’s not ready to go home.
Then, Aspen gets drafted and shows up at the palace, declaring his love for America to still be strong. And…cue the love triangle as America struggles with her old feelings for Aspen and her burgeoning feelings for Maxon. This triangle isn’t as corny and bad as Bella-Jacob-Edward, don’t worry!
It’s a wonderful series that was originally a trilogy focused on America and Maxon. It spawned a duology after that, which was great. This is definitely a series aimed at girls and it’s totally appropriate for middle schoolers and loved by all. I always highly recommend it to my sixers, especially those that are into romance novels. It’s perhaps at a higher reading level than the majority of sixth graders but if they’re reading skills are above par, than it is perfect!
Check out The Selection today! Have you read The Selection? Got any new recommendations for me? I’d love to hear them. Sound off in the comments!
For now, that’s a wrap!