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The stunning YA debut from internationally 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 in which 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 this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And when one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

Inspiration For This Book

I was inspired by the fact that we live in a very judgemental world. One that is quick to point the finger at those who make personal decisions that perhaps we frown upon. A society that rarely gives people second chances. And so I created a society that was intent on perfection, that wanted to root out all the evil imperfect flawed in order to have a morally clean society. I think perfection is something that our society is obsessed with and I wanted to write a story that celebrates that to be human is to be flawed, that to make an error means that we learn and hopefully become better versions of ourselves.


Flawed is one of the best written
dystopian novels around
— The Guardian

Frustration. That is what I currently feel. Why do I feel that way? Because I am left on the edge of my seat, waiting to find out what happens next. Flawed is an absolutely fantastic book

— Deborah’s Book Café

Bursting with narrative verve and ear for language…a writer hitting their prime’


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