In case the title doesn’t give it away, this is a new feature on Brewing Up Books: book reviews from a movie watcher (aka, non-reader). Here’s how it will go. I receive a summary and cover of a book that I have never seen or heard of previously (which could be a lot of possibilities). I then review the book based solely on these two criteria and…attempt to recount the plot. I will be completely wrong. 100% wrong.
To give you a little preface, I don’t read. I know all of you are cringing right now. I don’t even read the books that are assigned for my English class. I get by with Sparknotes and Shmoop. So this will be an interesting experiment, if you like it let me know. Let’s get started with the first edition of BRBAMW [*We need a new title for this*]
For today, we’ll be talking about The Selection by Kiera Cass
I was only given access to the summary. I have absolutely no knowledge about the book prior to writing this.
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous 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. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
My Initial Questions & Points of Confusion
Ok. First off, what is this, “The Bachelor?” Why is this a “chance of a lifetime”? The names itself are weird, America, Aspen, and Maxon? I have so many questions… This sounds a lot like the TV show “The Bachelor,” except the contestants on “The Bachelor” have an opportunity to sign up. I’m guessing the minions in the book have no choice in the matter. What kind of life is “laid out for them since birth,” where being part of the Selection is the best that can happen? Why are there thirty-five girls? What happens if Maxon is gay? Or would this be too touchy of a subject for a teen book?
My Outline of the Plot
America will go to The Selection against her will (pushy parents, obtrusive government, who knows?). Because of her love for Aspen, she will not fully participate in The Selection. But Maxon will see her from across the room during a ball (there is always a ball) and from that point onward, he will only have eyes for her. America will continue to stay in The Selection because Maxon loves her. They spend intimate time together and get to know each other a bit better.
The longer America stays in the Selection, the less she thinks of Aspen and the more she falls in love with Maxon. Whereas on the other hand, Aspen is still in love with America and expects her to come out of the Selection with a passion for him and the courage to run away with him. When he finds out that his expectations were completely wrong, however, he joins the rebel army to fight against Prince Maxon. I mean, who doesn’t want to marry a prince? In the end, things don’t work out for Aspen, and he dies fighting for the rebels. Maxon kills him personally after finding out about his past with America. Meanwhile, Maxon and America go off and live happily ever after. Aspen = sad (and dead), Maxon & America = happy
Since there are only two male characters mentioned in the summary, I’m assuming they are the only ones readers are actually supposed to care about in the book. Therefore, I’m going to kiss and marry Maxon, obviously, because he’s a prince, and I’m going to kill Aspen because of his name. Who names their child Aspen?
For the real book based upon the summary 1.75/5 cauldrons
For my version of the book 4.25/5 cauldrons
There you have it. The first edition of BRBAMW. If you enjoyed it, let us know, and there will be more on the way! You can also leave recommendations in the comments for which book I should “review” next.