There’s a spoiler disclaimer at the top of this section’s homepage, so if you’re here and reading this now, I’d assume you’ve seen all the warning and caution signs. But just in case! I’ll say it one more time: there are spoilers from this point forward! Read at your own risk.
Read on for my unfiltered thoughts of Cecelia Ahern’s YA novel, Flawed. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you!
Flawed takes place in a country where no mistake goes unpunished unless you’re related to or in any way positively affiliated with Judge Crevan, the head of the Guild. I mentioned this in my Spoiler-Free Review, but I’ll mention it again here: I would not do well here. There were many, many, many things wrong with this society and the rules by which they govern themselves. I guess the question is – would I be brave enough to take a stand? Of course, if you speak out against them or even appear to question them, you’re labeled as Flawed. And then your life is basically ruined.
Favorite: Um…. nowhere I think. There’s basically nowhere safe… Maybe Celestine’s house? But that’s mainly because I love her family. Well… I love her parents.
Celestine: I love Celestine. She’s a hero without even trying. She’s literally just being herself. She’s the catalyst this society needs to realize how far gone they are.
Art: I like Art, but I think he’s too little, too late. He’s doing what he can for her, the only way he knows how, but I feel like he should’ve been there for her from the get-go and the fact that he wasn’t might just mean he’s lost her forever.
Carrick: I’m confused, because I really like Carrick, but I don’t know anything about him. I guess that’s not true. I know very little about him. But, that’s what CA intended and she’s done a top-notch job of making me like a character that Celestine has barely interacted with. I just hope he lives up to her expectations.
Judge Crevan: Oh my gosh! I can’t even. No really, I can’t.
Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve loathed a character as much as I loathe Judge Crevan. I got the hint at the beginning of the story that he might be a little hypocritical, but I didn’t think he’d be so blatantly corrupt.
Ugh – and I HATE that Whistleblower Mary May!
The Branding: Oh my gosh! This scene was absolutely terrible! But. This was my favorite scene in the entire book. Hear me out! There are several characters involved in this sequence of events – Celestine, her mom, dad, and grandpa, Mr. Berry, Carrick, Tina, Bark, June, Fumar, and, ultimately, Judge Crevan – and, as it unfolds, we see more and more of their true feelings. I wouldn’t go as far as to say Tina and the lot have now seen the light and realize that the whole system and treatment of the Flawed is in itself Flawed, BUT they definitely know that what is being done to Celestine right then and there is not right and that might just be the spark that lights the fire for them. At this point we also see that Judge Crevan is horribly vile and completely unhinged off his rocker.
I loved how Celestine’s dad fought to try to stop it and how Carrick fought to stay there for her. And I LOVE how brave and strong Celestine was. I’m praying this series ends well for all these characters…
Art or Carrick: Will this turn into a love triangle??? I don’t know how I feel! Do I like Art? Yeah, I think so. He’s not behaving quite like I think he should; I’d really like him to get behind Celestine more than he is. But I’ll throw him a bone here, this is an entirely new situation for him and he doesn’t know how to act or what to believe, but I think he really does love her. Do I like Carrick? Yes, I do! But we don’t even KNOW Carrick! He and Celestine have barely said ten words to each other and somehow have such a strong connection. Hey, some people might knock it, but I believe it could happen. I guess I’m currently Team Carrick.
I just hope that Art isn’t so hurt if when he doesn’t get picked that he goes over to the Dark Side…
The Video: Any guesses as to where Mr. Berry hid the incriminating video? My money’s on that horrendously distasteful snow globe that Tina brought as a gift. Check the snow globe, Celestine! And for the love of god, please don’t anyone throw it out!
How long do we have to wait for the next book??? These characters got me hooked and I can’t wait for more! Thanks for a great story, CA 😀