The Selection, by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection (Book 1)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (March 26, 2013)
This is a good teen series with some problems, but mostly it has to do with the story being a hunger games for the romance set. There are some very obvious foreshadowing and hand holding which I do not like in my books, but for many of my teen readers is just fine.
I have learned that in a school library the goal is to get the largest number of kids reading, and this book series is one that does that. There is just a smidge of action, but any death and destruction are off screen with tertiary or unknown characters. The plot is just what it looks like : hunger games alla Princess Diary meets the Bachelor, but the characters are not going to shoot each other with bows, just mean glances and a well aimed verbal barb. There is a love triangle, and like I said I don’t like books that lay out plot devices so blatantly with the intention “Giant Neon Sign… This will be important… Can you see how she is going to get into trouble in book two?!” But it is a teen romance. And for a teen romance not a bad book.
Parental note… Well, here is where I get a little squiggly. There is no sex. There is no drugs. But the whole arranged marriage at such a young age always makes me uncomfortable. And this entire story is very patronizing to young women. If your teen loves Cinderella stories with a dash of romance and a splash of danger then go for it.