Review: Select

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Select by Marit Weisenberg

Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Charlesbridge Teen

Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi | Romance

Recommended to: anyone who loves romance with a twist

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Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.

Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?

This book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ★★★★★

I loved this more than I thought I would.

I wished for this on Netgalley because the blurb seemed promising but I was not expecting that my wish would be granted.

Before starting the book, I went on Goodreads and was disheartened by the disappointed reviews and the three or lower star ratings. I know it is prejudice on my part but whether you like it or not, reviews have the power to influence readers and that’s why reviewers exist.

So imagine my surprise when I absolutely loved a book I was already prepared not to like.

I admit that at first I did not like it. We were thrust into the story blind, without so much of an explanation and it confused me. But after a few chapters, I started to enjoy it and I couldn’t put it down. I read it on public transport, read when I came home, read almost the whole book until morning. I wouldn’t have stopped if I wasn’t so sleepy. And to my amazement, it was my first thought when I woke up!

I can’t even pinpoint why I liked this so much. I firmly believe that books and their readers are like puzzle pieces. Not everyone is a perfect fit but all it takes is the right one and you’re complete. This had all the things I was looking for.

This book isn’t mind-blowing or heart-stopping but I enjoyed every bit of it. This is a story of a girl trying hard to prove to everyone who matters to her that she matters, too. This is about the choices we make and their consequences and how much we are willing to risk for the people we love.

To anyone who’s reading this, please give this book a chance. Who knows, you might like it, too. Also, the romance in this book is seriously so good. 😉

P.S. That ending, though! I am dying to know what happens next. I NEED BOOK TWO.

It was amazing what you crave once it was no longer an option.

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One thought on “Review: Select

  1. I get that feeling sometimes too… “Why did I enjoy this, really?” But I guess you really can’t explain it sometimes. The story, the characters, they speak to you and it becomes so much more than just a reading experience.
    Glad to see you proved the reviews wrong! It’s hard to ignore other readers’ opinions, as much as we try, so kudos for not letting them get in the way of your judgement 😉

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