Review // Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Title // Flawed
Author // Cecelia Ahern
Pages // 368 pages
Publisher // HarperCollins
Series // Flawed, #1
Release Date // March 2016
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The Scarlet Letter meets Divergent in this thoughtful and thrilling novel by bestselling author Cecelia Ahern.

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 obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her-everything. 


Cecelia Ahern and a young adult novel. What’s not to love? Flawed truly is thought-provoking and highly relevant to today’s modern society. I’ve been waiting a long time for a book like this, and I’m more than pleased with the results. This is a book that I’ll be going out to buy, and I will be adding this to my collection. You go, Cecelia Ahern!

I’m a girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white.

Flawed has seen two covers in the past two months, a regular result of multiple publishers or a way of pushing it out into the public eye. However, both are just as stunning as each other, providing the story with the right feel. In my opinion, the cover has to be prefect, because although we now spread around the phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, it is initially the cover that draws interest in bookstores and on online platforms such as Amazon. The covers for Flawed provide the reader just enough curiosity to make them pick up the book and read it.

Never trust a man who sits, uninvited, at the head of the table in another man’s home.

Celestine is amazing. Sure, I didn’t like her in the beginning as she was all for the Guild. However, as the novel progresses you grow to realise just had badly Celestine has been brainwashed in her society. I admired how her view began to change, and how she took a risk which ultimately cost her everything. Yet there is nothing more inspiring than someone who does the right thing, despite being aware of the merciless consequences. I feel like Celestine is the ideal role model for girls in modern day society. Her bravery and personality shines through even when the situation shines the darkest. No matter what she is told to do or who she is told to be, she shows the world the real Celestine North.

She looks me over again. “Dr Smith says nothings broken.”

“No. If you don’t count my heart, my pride and my complete belief in humanity.”

Honestly, I believed that Cecelia Ahern has struck gold with this novel. Her effortlessly flawless writing and the amazing idea if a society which abuses and then ostracises people for not fitting the mould is amazing. The pace of the book was perfect, just giving off enough information to keep you in the look, taking away enough to provoke you to read more and more. There a definitely some sensitive scenes. I did end up bawling like a baby at one particular scene, which I won’t reveal to avoid possible spoilers.

I follow my mothers advice.

I run.

I’ll be the first to admit that there were some slight reservations about this book. Ms Ahern is a wonderful writer, but her main target audience is predominantly adult readers. However, she did the book new-found justice, and I cannot wait to read the second instalment. I had received this novel as an ARC copy, but there is no doubt that I will be investing in the Flawed series. Flawed has earned its 5 out of 5 snowflakes.

5 starsboreder

Still unsure on whether this book is the one for you? Have a look at what other bloggers have to say.

Beth @ Betwix the Pages says “This entire story is FEELS from start to finish.”

Dat Little Blog says “I loved this book!”


Usually a book goes through several cover changes in its lifetime. Most variation depends on the publishing location. Damage Done is available in the following cover formats.



About Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern was born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland. She is the daughter of the former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. On 14th December 2009 it was announced that Cecelia had given birth to her first child with partner David Keoghan, a girl named Robin. She was secretly married on 11 June 2010 in County Kildare, Ireland. Her older sister, Georgina Ahern is married to Nicky Byrne of Irish pop group Westlife. Cecelia was a member of the Irish pop group Shimma who finished third in the Irish national for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000. She attended Griffith College Dublin and obtained a degree in Journalism and Media Communications.


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