Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
First Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books 2016 (Ebook)
368 Pages

Thank you to Harper Collins Children’s Books for sending me this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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.


Cecelia Ahern is an author that I had yet to read. I’d heard good things about her work mind you and knew there’d come a time where I would delve into one of her books. When I found out she had written her first Young Adult novel set in a Dystopian world, I knew I had to read it. I absolutely adore the Young Adult and Dystopian genres, so I knew that this was a book that I was going to love.

In Flawed, we follow Celestine North who has been living the perfect life. She’s popular, a model student at school and she’s dating Art Crevan, who’s rather charming and also handsome. Celestine’s perfect life isn’t all it seems though. She lives in a world where being imperfect or below par is frowned upon. If you so much as make one mistake you could be branded as ‘Flawed’ and become an outcast, hated by many, never to live the same life again. Celestine is certain this won’t happen to her, that is until one day she does something, changing her life as she knows it. She could be found to be Flawed, bringing her perfect life to a close.

I have to admit I found this story and the themes behind it to be highly original. I’d never read anything like it and it was a breath of fresh air for me. The idea of being imperfect or flawed really did make me think about what it would be like to live in a world where that is looked down upon. Nobody is perfect, so it also make me think about perfection in an entirety. All of the characters I met whilst reading, in my opinion all had imperfections, despite some of them being deemed as perfect. 

Celestine was a heroine that I found hard to warm up to at the beginning. I found her to be slightly stuck up, set in her ways and very prejudice. However, in time as I discovered more about her and how she felt I grew to love her. In the end I found her to be strong willed, brave and accepting of her flaws. I feel like her character development was handled exceptionally well and I think she is going to be going in my favourite book heroines of all time list. 

If I had to say anything negative about Flawed, it would be that it ended on such a cliffhanger! I was so into the story that when it ended I literally screamed. I know there is going to be a sequel though, which I cannot wait for. I am looking forward to learning more about the world and the ideas behind being flawed.

Flawed was honestly an amazing read. I was hooked from the first to last page and it’s just made my love for Young Adult Dystopian novels rise even higher. From what I read I wouldn’t have believed it was Cecelia Ahern’s first Young Adult Novel, it was that great. I am excited for the sequel and everyone needs to read this book when it comes out on 24th March. You will not be disappointed.




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