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Review: ‘Flawed’ Is Ironically A Perfect Story About Morals

Lately, I’ve seen some people talking about the death penalty. Some people feel it would deter bad behaviour – scaring people into a certain way of living, basically.

It’s the adult version of telling kids “if you’re not good then Santa won’t come.” But sometimes, kids act out anyway and consequences be damned.

All this reminded me of Flawed, a book I read last year centred around, morals, ethics and discrimination.


Flawed by Cecelia Ahern's book cove. A woman walks on a road. The cover is green.

Flawed is the first book in a duology by Cecelia Ahern (author of P.S. I Love You). It marks her debut young adult novel, a stunning dystopian must-read.

In a world where everyone is perfect, pressure is high to avoid being branded as ‘flawed.’

Everything about Celestine North screams ‘flawless,’ – her grades, her style and her relationship with her boyfriend. When Celestine sees an elderly man in pain, she has to stand up and do what is right. But what if everyone else believes that she’s wrong?

Ahern has built us a world like ours on steroids. I’ve no doubt you’ve felt pressure from society, because who hasn’t? Whether it’s to do with your weight, your nose, your grades or your lifestyle, everyone has felt that pressure. But Flawed shows us a world where people have to live and breathe high standards. It reflects discrimination similar to homophobia and racism back to us. It’s a relatable, emotional story that’s hard to predict. 

You’ll watch Celestine find her own voice as she begins to see that the world isn’t black and white. We can’t be split into two groups – the perfect and the flawed – just for one bad decision. Everyone makes mistakes and we should be free to learn from them, not live in fear of them.

As a slow reader, every spare moment I had was used to devour this book. The biggest disappointment with this book is the blurb. Flawed is wildly gripping and the blurb doesn’t do it justice. This is one of the best young adult novels I’ve read in months, if not years.

Like the sound of this? You might also like Nothing Tastes As Good.

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