Cecilia Ahern books in which rainbows come to an end

Flawed - How perfect do you want to be? / Perfect Vol. 1

Celestine's life seems perfect. At school she gets good grades without trying too hard. Celestine looks great, is popular, and has a friend who is also well-respected everywhere. Celestine fits perfectly into your world, because perfection is required here. Errors are punished immediately and there are severe penalties for those who make mistakes. They go to jail, branded as flawed, and treated like lepers for life. Celestine stands behind this system and has never given it serious thought. But then a single moment changes your whole life. Because Celestine helps a flawed person and thus violates the rules. Now she herself gets all the hardship and relentlessness of the perfect world ... more

Celestine's life seems perfect. At school she gets good grades without trying too hard. Celestine looks great, is popular, and has a friend who is also well-respected everywhere. Celestine fits perfectly into your world, because perfection is required here. Errors are punished immediately and there are severe penalties for those who make mistakes. They go to jail, branded as flawed, and treated like lepers for life. Celestine stands behind this system and has never given it serious thought. But then a single moment changes your whole life. Because Celestine helps a flawed person and thus violates the rules. Now she gets to feel the harshness and relentlessness of the perfect world herself .....


"Flawed - How perfect do you want to be?" is the first part of a youth book dystopia penned by the well-known romance novelist Cecelia Ahern. The second volume, which will mark the end of the dystopia, will be published in November 2016 under the title "Perfect - Do you want the perfect world?".

The story is told in the first person, from the point of view of the main protagonist Celestine. So you slip into their skin and gradually get to know the unknown world through their descriptions. At first it is not that easy to identify with Celestine and her views, as these differ significantly from the values ​​of our "normal" world. Celestine initially believes unconditionally in the system of her world. But since she is a girl who likes clear definitions and logic, she soon recognizes the weak points of the system and has to experience firsthand what it means to help someone who is "flawed".
The writing style is very fluid and easy to read. While reading, you have the feeling of sitting across from Celestine and listening to her story. This makes the story very lively. That Celestine is not yet fully grown is credibly underlined by the youthful language that the author uses. You can get involved in the story that Celestine has to tell.

Since Celestine seems more and more sympathetic in the course of the plot, you start to cheer for her and watch in disbelief what injustices are possible in this world. Surprising twists and turns and relatively short chapters ensure that Celestine's story does not get boring and that you literally fly through the pages.

I had a very good time reading this opening volume, even though I am a little over the age of the target group. Nevertheless, I was able to get fully involved in the plot and cheered for the main protagonist. I am therefore giving enthusiastic four rating stars and am already looking forward to the next volume. I subtract one star because I didn't really like the main protagonist at first and I missed the emotions that I had hoped for from a Cecelia Ahern novel.


Refers to the following edition: Hardcover book