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Flawed by Cecelia Ahern


Interests/Topics:  family, rules, law, corruption, bullying, identity

Curriculum Connections: English

Gender: F/M

Age: 14+

Blurb: Nobody wants to stand out in high school. The majority of students wear the same clothes, the same shoes, and the same hairstyle. Flying below the radar is key, and fitting in is golden. Of course there are always some students who just don’t care about the established social rules, and they are often ignored or bullied as a result.

In Flawed, those people who don’t follow society’s rules are arrested. If found guilty, they face imprisonment, or worse, branding. Forever identified as “Flawed,” they face a lifetime of restrictions, ridicule, and rejection.

Celestine North is a model citizen. She is an excellent student who is adored by her parents, she is as beautiful as she is talented, and most importantly, she is a staunch rule-follower. Deemed “perfect” by her boyfriend, Celestine believes wholeheartedly in the laws established by her government. She would never consider breaking a rule…until she does.

Now Celestine must face a court that could dramatically change her life. She can save herself if she chooses to lie, or she can stay true to her moral code and be found Flawed.

Celestine makes her decision and finds out, too late, that there is no place for compassion and logic in her perfectly-constructed society.

The fall from perfect to flawed is steep.

Flavour: “Could perfection be bred? Many ways to achieve this were tried and tested, and what the government eventually settled on was Crevan’s Guild and its Flawed brandings. No matter what you do in life, your Flawed title can never be removed. You hold it to death. You suffer the consequences of your one mistake for the rest of your life. Your punishment serves as a reminder to others to think before they act.” (53)

“I think of the Flawed I pass every day, the people I can’t look in the eye, the people I take steps around to avoid even brushing against. Their scars as identifiers, their armbands, their limited possibilities, living in a society but everything they want being just out of reach. You see them all standing at the curfew bus stops in town, to be home by 10:00 PM in the winter, 11:00 PM in summer. In the same world but not living in the same way. Do I want to be like them?” (75)

“You are what the [Flawed] movement needs, Celestine, but remember you don’t need them. Don’t let them use you.” (275)


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