The Selection by Kiera Cass
Four Stars.In a nutshell, this book takes the show, "The Bachelor" and combines it with a fascinating caste-system society and somehow convinces me to fall in love with it.
It has all the girly touches of aforementioned 'the bachelor' including competing girls, fashion makeovers, plenty of frilly dresses, and dates with the Prince.
The Selection is a contest held by the royalty of the kingdom to select a wife for their son, Prince Maxon. The point of the Selection is that those Selected are chosen from every caste. Even the poor may have a chance to be royalty.
What makes this story fun? The believable love triangle (and believe me, I'm extremely picky about love triangles.) The first member of the love triangle is Aspen, the boy from home that America for whom her love must be kept secret. The other member is Prince Maxon. While determined to hate him as well as everything else associated with the Selection, America finds that under all his royal pride and resolve, Maxon is really just a boy.
What gives this story meat is the terrifying attacks on the palace. The kingdom has many enemies, and these rebels are violent and this thrusts the girls who are Selected very forcefully into the real world and gives them a taste of what they will have to reckon with should they become Princess.
Warning: This book has many, many negative reviews. All I have to say about that is if you go into reading this book with the expectation that this is a fluffly, bachelor-like novel and not expecting any thick plot or rich mystery, but instead accept it for what it is, you will be very pleased. Come on, people, this is supposed to be a fluffy teen book. What did you expect?