Flawed (Flawed, #1)

By Cecelia Ahern

26,594 ratings - 4.12* vote

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 b You will be punished…Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s

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Hardcover, 336 pages
April 5th 2016 by Feiwel and Friends

(first published March 24th 2016)

Original Title
1250074118 (ISBN13: 9781250074119)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

I am girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white.

Remember this.
And she's just as boring and spiritless as that quote indicates. This book is dull, bland, and yet another prime example of failed YA dystopia. It was inoffensive, if you can call, a nonsensical dystopian future and a standard love triangle inoffensive, among its other faults.

I can't stop using the word bland. It was so bland. It is so flavorless. Have you ever had plain instant oatmeal? It's kind of like that. Only instead of taking a few bite and throwing it away, you're forced to read 250 pages of it. The main character is perfect in a flawed world. She considers herself intelligent. Reasonable. Rational. Her narrative voice puts me to sleep.
She thinks I’m a know-it-all, which she has told me plenty of times, and I try not to be one with her. I know I have a habit of correcting people’s grammar or recounting dictionary definitions, but that’s just me. Doing it does not make me feel I am better than the person I am saying it to. It is just an expression of who I am.
Her name is Celestine. I think we all know a Celestine. She's the pastel-twin-set-wearing, church-going, grammar-correcting, non-swearing, quarterback-dating ASB president who does all her homework on time and always has the correct answers when she's called on. She is inoffensively perfect.

Don't you just hate those types? I know I shouldn't, but I'm imperfect, and I do. I need humanity. I need passions. I need emotions. I need to burst out laughing and let out a "fuck" every once in awhile, and I enjoy similar company. This book, this main character, for me, was nigh unbearable.

And that's not even mentioning the atrocious joke of this dystopian future. In the future, we all have to be perfect. Cause our leaders fucked up and plunged our country into a depression and economic failure, we force everyone to be perfect. If they're not, they're put on trial and branded with a Scarlet-Letter-like "F" which doesn't stand for fuck, but Flawed!.

So if you're imperfect, if you mess up in any way, you're screwed. Cheating? Nope. Lying? You're a goner.
...branded a celebrity who’d made millions on the sale of her fitness DVD but was discovered as having a secret tummy tuck.
Like, REALLY? Does that make sense to anyone? Who here has not sinned, let he cast the first stone. I'm not perfect. In a single day, I've probably committed a multitude of sins. Gluttony (I'M GOING TO EAT ALL THE COOKIES), lust (god, look at the ass on that guy doing deadlifts), greed (I really want a pay raise), sloth (I have done nothing productive all day), wrath (WTF THAT BITCH TOTALLY TOOK MY SPOT AT THE GYM), envy (ugh, I wish I had bigger boobs like her), pride (goddamn I'm so smart I scare myself sometime)...etc.

....Wait, that's all of them, huh?! Fuck! I'm so screwed.

But anyway, does that make sense to anyone? How freaking impossible to enforce that? Who would even want to live in a world like that? Sinning and making mistakes is fun, guys! And we have never, ever, EVER been able to hold our governmental leaders responsible for their idiocy, and I don't think we can in another version of the future. This book's premise is just silly.

Oh, and there's a love triangle. Between Celestine's childhood friend who is perfect and whom she adores above all others. He's known her for years. They were friends before lovers. He's wealthy, powerful, adoring. And they're in Twoo Wuv.
I watch him, his mean, tough, bold face, and will him to look at me. I wonder what he has done. It can’t be a criminal act or he wouldn’t be here, but it must have been close. Whatever he has been accused of doing, I have no doubt that he has done it.
He looks up at me once he steps into his cell and sees me through the transparent wall we share. My heart flips. Contact with somebody, for the first time in hours. But as quickly as he sees me, he looks away again and strides with his long, lean legs and sits with his back flat against the transparent divide, so that all I can see are his back muscles, rippling through his soiled T-shirt.
Well, that is, until she meets the Hot Bad Boy. So generic.

All quotes were taken from an uncorrected proof subject to change in the final edition.

Cora Tea Party Princess

5 Words: Crime, punishment, family, revenge, justice.

I think this book is like marmite. You either love it or hate it.

I hate marmite.

I loved this book.

On finishing this book I was lost for words, speechless. All I could think to say consisted of a string of inappropriate and incoherent expletives. My mind was blank. All I could think about was the next book, when it would come, what would happen.

I thought that the main character, Celestine, was an intriguing mix of strong and weak, brave and cowardly, independent and easily led. It meant that I was never quite sure what she would do next, who she would listen to. Although not really a main character, I really liked Pia. I loved her motives, how human she was, how she wasn't afraid to admit that she was selfish.

There is one scene, about 1/3 through the book, that had me quite literally shaking in fear, anger and repulsion. I have never ever experienced that from a book before. I was horrified by the Guild, by society itself, and by Crevan. I couldn't believe what was happening. I was actually astonished by the brutality of it all. But I couldn't stop reading. I read on, agape, barely believing what I was reading. It was such powerful stuff.

This was a book that I had to force myself to put down, to step away, to take a breath. It hit me so hard, it was devastating in the best of ways. I was so good that I had to put it down.

I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.


Celestine North lives a Perfect life.

In a society that values Perfection above everything, this is of utmost importance.

Because of this, maintaining Perfection is a primary focus of all citizens living within this dystopian society.

Collectively, they punish those who they deem as lacking. Such individuals are branded as Flawed and never treated the same within society again.

This essentially designates them as the lowliest individuals. Perfects are afraid to, and in fact, ordered not to, even associate with these rejects.

When Celestine's neighbor, a woman she feels she knows well, is punished as being Flawed, Celestine is shocked.

To her knowledge, she has never had a Flawed person in her sphere of acquaintance before.

She is also horrified by the lack of empathy on the faces of her neighbors as the Flawed woman is forcibly dragged from her home, away from the embraces of her crying children.

This incident causes Celestine to begin questioning everything. With new doubts in mind, she tries to get back to life as normal, but it's very difficult.

Soon after this incident, while Celestine is commuting on a bus, she commits an act that ultimately gets her branded as Flawed. Her crime, compassion.

She is imprisoned, literally branded on her body and made to wear an arm patch with a big capital F on it, so all of society will know of her disgrace.

Think futuristic The Scarlet Letter.

Her rights are stripped and life as she knows it is over. Her long-time boyfriend, Art Crevan, whose father just so happens to be the Judge that sentenced her, has disappeared.

She is secluded and alone. Even her little brother is afraid of her.

In the midst of it all, she hears rumblings of a possible underground movement aiming to overthrow the ruling party.

They are pushing for a more equal society, ridding it of the old Perfect versus Flawed mentality. The rebels have grabbed onto Celestine's story and are using her as a sort of figurehead for their movement.

This was truly a delightful surprise. I really ended up enjoying this!

It was like a CW show, and I mean that in the best way, easy and addicting. The pace was fast and information revealed to you just when you needed it to be.

I could have used a teeny bit more world-building, but I am hoping more will be revealed in the next book.

I think if you are looking for a futuristic YA Dystopian, quick and well-written, you should definitely check this out.

Good solid drama, intriguing premise and it leaves off in a great spot for the continuation of the story. I definitely plan to pick up the sequel!

Always Pouting

Maybe I've read too many YA books and also aged out of them because I just found the writing to be subpar and juvenile as well as the whole premise of the book to be unoriginal. I don't think this was bad necessarily. I just wish there was less straight up telling and more slow building up. The pacing also felt choppy. I just do not want to be hit over the head with things and I felt like the book was doing that, and instead of being illustrative of plot points it just told them to us, like someone was summarizing what was happening. I just feel dissatisfied after reading this one to be honest.

Sarah Elizabeth

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Children's and NetGalley.)

“I bite my lip as the tears stream. I think of little Ewan, how scared he would be, how I have bought such danger to my family.”

This was an enjoyable YA dystopian story, about a society in which people were branded as ‘flawed’ if they did something wrong.

I liked Celestine, although she really needed to think more before acting. Even though the things she did were morally right, she got herself into a whole lot of trouble, and still kept getting into more and more trouble as the book went along.

The storyline in this was pretty good, although it did remind me of other books that I had read in places. I thought the idea of branding people as ‘flawed’ was interesting, but the system did seem a little open to interpretation, which is kind-of what was happening in the story anyway.
There was a little tiny smidge of romance in this, but nothing major.

The ending to this was okay, although we were left with a bit of a cliff-hanger.

7.5 out of 10

Lala BooksandLala

I have enjoyed Cecelia Ahern novels before, but was hesitant about reading this one, as it is very different than what she has previously written. I was provided an early copy by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and am happy to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

Flawed centers around a young girl named Celestine, who lives in a dystopian world where everyone is forced to be perfect, or is punished by getting their flesh branded and be Scarlet-Letter'd with an "F" armband for "Flawed."

It has a lot of the elements you see in a typical dystopian novel; a society governed by strict rules to keep people in line, yew-neek character names, a love triangle and a follow-the-rules teenager who suddenly becomes the poster girl for a revolution.

The first half was a little rocky for me, it was bland and the world didn't seem overly interesting. Celestine seemed too naive for me to get on board with and the love triangle was introduced so early that I was nervous it would be another case of "romance disguised as a dystopian."
I was very pleased that the storyline got more interesting, the story was NOT taken over by the relationships, Celestine's naive personality made more sense as we went on, and I liked how the author let bad things happen to the protagonist. She didn't get saved at every turn or unrealistically get away with stuff.

I appreciated hearing her thoughts on the future situation, which also sometimes paralleled the current world we live in;

"He is a police officer whom I once trusted, admired, felt protected by....I learned this at school. I learned all this. Why doesn't he know these rules I was taught, that he was surely taught, too? Why doesn't anybody in the real world do what we're taught?"

I think Cecelia Ahern is a talented author, the pacing throughout this book was great and she didn't waste a lot of time on over explanations or history lessons. It was still a bit of a bore as a whole, but I think there's definitely room for that later in the series, which I'm debating if I'll continue on with.


Thank you to the Publisher/Author for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

I actually loved this book which I really didn't expect, when I first started reading it I wasn't sure about how it was written but the more I read then I understood the dialogue.

Flawed is about a young girl Celestine who lives in a place where everything has to be perfect, perfect family, perfect boyfriend, perfect life but it's all about to change. If people are found not to be perfect they are branded like cattle with the marking F for flawed, pretty harsh shit if you ask me, but it isn't too much different from real life? Aren't we all under scrutiny to be perfect? By the media, by your friends, even social media puts pressure on your life.. the only exception we don't get a huge F on parts of our bodies. Cee finds herself in a situation where her morals and compassion put her in a situation which that now deems her flawed and blurs the lines of what flawed actually means.

I like Juniper & Art, Cee has got a little taste how her sister feels every day under the eye of everyone judging her as they don't see her as perfect. Arts father is the head of this organisation which does the branding so you can imagine the hurt.

The more I found out about Carrick it made me more intrigued, I loved reading about his past and what happened with him I felt sad, he is obviously very confused and I would be the same.

Ok, I can see why people would compare it to the Reached series but just because it has a similar base point I find it pretty different. I loved Reached but the last 2 books were horrendous so I hope the sequels will be good on Flawed.

I would recommend the book, I read it in one sitting and I can't wait to find out more.

☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

See how easy it may be to cross from Perfection to Flawedness. See how incidious the ideas of perfection can be. See how dangerous perfectionism is.

The concept is slightly reminding of the Nataniel Hawthorne's A-letter, only taken to new abysmal heights.

When I step outside, I see Colleen standing at her family’s car. The front door of her house is open, and she looks like she’s waiting. I guess she won’t be going to school today, probably going to the courthouse to her mom’s trial. My heart beats wildly as I try to figure out what to do. If I say hello, I might get in trouble. Anybody could see me speaking to her from their home, and I could be reported. What if Bosco sees me from one of the windows of his monstrous mansion or as he leaves for work? Saying hi may be seen as disloyalty toward the Guild, as support for Colleen and her mom. Would that be seen as aiding and assisting a Flawed? I don’t want to go to prison. But if I ignore her, it will be rude. It is Colleen’s mother who’s Flawed, not her. She looks over at me and I can’t do it. I look away quickly.
I excelled in school—I adore information and am always hungry to know more. I read books, I watch documentaries, my favorite subject is math, and I hope to study it at the city university when I finish school this year. My aim is to win the Fields Medal, the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, viewed as the greatest honor a mathematician can receive, like a math Nobel Prize. You have to be under forty to win it. I’m seventeen. There’s time.
“Euthanasia is frowned upon by our society,” she says, defending the Guild’s ruling on Angelina Tinder.
“So is compassion. I helped an old man to a seat.”


Flawed is the first installment in Cecelia Ahern's young-adult dystopian series titled: Flawed. Based on what I know about Ms. Ahern's writing career, her specialty is women's fiction and she's pretty good at it! So obviously I was super excited to read her approach to what is quickly become a very tired genre. Unfortunately, I didn't think Ms. Ahern brought anything original to the table in terms of plot or execution which made me sooo disappointed. However, Flawed offers a theme that will surely resonate heavily with the targeted audience. Ms. Ahern did a good job acknowledging the stress of living in a society where perfection is a constant expectation and imperfections are forever shamed. For this, I added a star to a reading experience that I didn't personally care for. Even though I won't be continuing Ms. Ahern's YA journey with her, I would recommend it to age-appropriate readers who enjoy various dystopian themes.

My favorite quote:
"I've learned that people aren't cruel. Most people aren't, anyway,... but people are strong on self-preservation. And if something doesn't directly affect them, they don't get involved."

I'll wait to rate this one. I want to one-star it but let me calm down and process some positives about it to be fair. Right now I'm just so disappointed. I'm sure Ahern must have had a personal reason to stray from her women's fiction path but I'm not taking any more YA trips to dystopia-town with her.


“A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.”

----William Blake

Cecelia Ahern, the international best-selling author, pens her new YA book, Flawed which marks as the first book in the new YA dystopian series by the same name. Now the regular Ahern fans might have mixed feelings about this book, where the regular YA dystopian lovers might just love this book. The book unfolds the story of a high school teenager who is perfect in every possible way, but soon her perfection is challenged between right logic and wrong rules and little did miss perfect knew that her dreams would get shattered with her gesture of humanity.

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 in which 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 this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

This is the story of Celestine North who lives a perfectly flawless life with her parents and her younger brother and always abides by the rules, set up upon by The Guild when the government failed to bring upon peace among its citizens, unlike her unruly and smart-mouthed younger sister. Celestine has nothing to worry about, with glowing dreams of being a mathematician along with her perfect boyfriend, Art, who happens to be the son of Judge Crevan who is the leader of The Guild. But one small mistake lands her up face-to-face with Judge Crevan in the courtroom, who will judge whether her mistake is forgivable or punishable, resulting which she might be branded as "FLAWED".

The Guild- people's body, has only one rule, you will be branded as"FLAWED", if you make ethical or moral mistakes in the society.

The author's writing is excellent and flawless, unlike the title of the book! The narrative is enchanting that kept me glued to the heart of the story. The scenes are written with lots of description and it feels like the scenes are unrolling right in front of my eyes and the POV of Celestine put me into her shoes that let me peek inside her perfect mind. The pacing is really fast as the story is paced with thrilling events and complicated challenges.

The author's way of world building is done diligently. From the first page with Celestine's POV, the author unwraps the conditions and make and build of this dystopian yet realistic world bit-by-bit, thus almost halfway through the book, I felt like I know the world of Celestine by the back of my hand. And when Celestine is thrown into life-changing challenge, the drawbacks and the flaws in the whole system comes to light, thus making me enrage with anger against some of the characters.

PS: All the way while reading I was feeling like I'm in a different version of Divergent, where Tris and Celestine are mostly alike and are thrown into the same challenge of their true identity of being the poster girl for both the sides.

The main character is strongly developed and felt a bit unrealistic as teenagers like her do not exist anymore, someone who is perfect beyond imagination. Celestine North is perfect in everything she puts her hands and mind into. At times, her way too perfect attitude annoyed me. Art is the guy who is facing issues due to his mother's death and adores Celestine more than his heart and their cheesy romance with talks of future and all makes the story sweet. The supporting cast is quite well-developed and the author holds a strong grip on their psychological aspects all through out the story.

Overall, this is an intriguing as well as captivating story which will make the readers anticipate till the very end. And as for me, I simply adored this book and am looking forward in reading the next book in the series.

Verdict: A delightful YA dystopian that you need to look out for.

Courtesy: Thanks to the publishers from Harper Collins India for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book.