“When the lows are so immense, victories are small. But they are there despite it. You just have to know them when you see them, little pockets of light and hope hidden away in darkness.”
― Cecelia Ahern,
You will be punished…
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.
In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
I got this book about a year ago in my Owlcrate. Yep, that’s right it has taken me a year to get around to reading this book. Which is pretty much the story of my life at this point. To be honest I haven’t heard a lot about this book. The thing that really inspired me to pick this book up was that the sequel came out recently. Therefore, I figured why not read it now?
This book was a lot heavier than I thought it would be. I went into it thinking this book was going to be based more upon superficiality and I was completely wrong. Cecelia Ahern did a great job of really delving into the question of morality and corruption in our society.
The main character, Celestine, is faced with many huge problems. Throughout the novel she stayed true to her character all the while she also went through character development. I completely understood her motivations and her thoughts and feelings. I really appreciated that we got a female character who had a passion in a STEM field. In this case she was a girl who loved math. I think that this is important for young girls to see in media.
Now I did rate this book a 4/5 for a reason. I couldn’t give this book a 5/5 for one reason and that reason was the issue with Carrick. In this novel the only thing that did not make sense to me in this book was Celestine’s infatuation and connection to Carrick. They didn’t really ever truly interact yet she seemed to become obsessed with him. I really would like to see more development or insight on that front. However, it definitely did not ruin the book for me.
I completely enjoyed this book. It was fast and fun to read. I now cannot wait to read the sequel Perfect. There is a lot of potential for this storyline and I am excited to see what is yet to come.