Despite the controversy that surrounds this book I still choose to read it. Let’s just say I’m curious. Was it really that bad? I need to know it myself. And personally review isn’t an indication whether I’ll read the book or not (reviews give me pointers, like a checklist of what to expect but negative review doesn’t mean an automatic NO for me. I still have the final say.) I decided to give this book a try, and you know what, it wasn’t really that bad. At least for me it wasn’t. It was fluffy and entertaining. It’s not mind blowing but I sort of enjoyed it. I feel bad about everything that happened. If they let the book run its natural course (let people love it, like it, hate it for what they think its worth) I don’t think it will have this halfhearted reception.
Well, that’s my two cents like I said this book wasn’t really that horrible. I was surprised that I actually liked it. I mean, I’m not into reality dating shows, like The Bachelor. No offense to those who like it, but I find the idea ridiculous. So it was strange for me that I ended up liking the book. That’s why I feel sad about what happened. I’m pretty sure there’s a proper audience—er, readers for this kind of book.
Also, another reason why I decided to finally read this one was my sister. She loves this book. She has fetish for all things royal. Princes, princesses, tsars, emperors, the whole nine yards. Plus, I heard that this will turn into a TV series (on CW). That really got my attention. So I decided to check it out.
America Singer was chosen to participate in the selection, where girls vying to be the next crown princess. There are 35 participants and just like the reality tv show, there are cameras following them. America wasn’t really that enthusiastic with the whole thing. She’s in love with someone else, someone who is lower than her class. Guilt (and perhaps pride) Aspen, the guy she loved broke up with her. When she was selected, she told Prince Maxon upfront that she’s not interested that she’s there for the food and the money her family will receive while she’s there. Oddly, he accepted her reason and did not remove her from the competition. Since he knows her reason for staying, she told her that she will help him and she could be his friend.
I don’t hate America, I don’t really love her but she was fine to me. I’m actually glad that she was not really that awe-struck, moony-eyed over the prince when they first met. But her humility (the I’m-not-that-pretty argument was really an eye-rolling moment for me) sounded insincere. She’s trying to be modest but it sounded the opposite. I also find her name corny and literal (Singer? Because she’s into music, lol.) But other than that, I liked her.
I liked how her relationship with Maxon has developed. Since she’s still caught up with her feelings for Aspen, it’s expected that she’ll not immediately into him (for the lack of better word). And by the time her feelings has changed, they already have enough moments, time together to make it more genuine (to me). Speaking of the prince, Maxon reminds me of Astley (from Need series) he’s kind, supportive and understanding. They share similar qualities (aside from they’re both royal *winks*). Aspen, on the other hand was ok. I understand why he broke up with her so I don’t hold it against him. And to be honest, I liked them both. But I liked Maxon better. <3 (he’s the prince!) And oh yeah, I’m curious on Maxon’s reaction when he first saw America’s photo (during the announcement). 😉 There’s also politics involved but minimal though. There are two groups of rebel who are against them, as for their reason it hasn’t divulge yet. And then there’s their system, we know how caste system works. I didn’t expect it to have bit more serious topics included so I find that a good thing. I’m gonna read The Elite. I enjoyed this book and I wanted to know more of the story. And I liked Maxon. I think that’s enough reason for me! >///<