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Flawed by Cecelia Ahern


Flawed by Cecelia Ahern Flawed by Cecelia Ahern


Thank you to Jonathon Ball Publishers South Africa for the review copy of Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. It seems as though this book has had a lot of media hype and that I am one of the last to read it. Partly because South Africa is one of the last countries to get new releases, and because I have been moving home I’ve been out of my usual ‘reading mania’.

What I loved:

The positive view of dyslexia and the inclusion of a dyslexia character (although applied to a supporting character I would love to see more dyslexic protagonists).

Juniper is dyslexic. She sees this as another failure, another trait that has let her down, but I can see it makes her view things in a different way. I’m a problem solver. I read signs, the proof of what I see in front of me, and come to a conclusion. Juniper is cleverer than that. She reads people. I don’t know how she does it, but she watches and listens and arrives at conclusions I could never imagine, and usually she’s right. I look at things straight on; her perspective seems to curve around things, wind and twist, turn things upside down to reach the answer…

What I didn’t love:

The ‘tired’ unoriginal dystopia theme which reads much like all the other dystopian books and Celestine’s abrupt change of conscience on the bus was unconvincing.

Recommended age: 12+3 Star

Title: Flawed
Series: Flawed #1
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publication Date: 6 October 2016flawed
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Review copy

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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…   — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a free review copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.


  1. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    I agree with you 100% about this one. While I didn’t like it at all at first, because it was kind of “generic dystopian”, and because of the whole bus thing (my eyes were rolling SO hard), I ended up REALLY liking the second half of the book, go figure. Like, I hated the first half and almost DNFed, but I gave it 3 stars because I really got into the second half! Great review! Do you think you’ll read the sequel?

  2. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    Aww…I’m sorry this one was so mediocre. 🙁 I can definitely see where you’re coming from though. After all the dystopian books that have been published, it’s really hard to find ones that are gripping or especially unique. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

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