This came out today.
It did, it did!
Sooooo you should go get it.
You should, you should!
Okay. So as a sequel to The Selection, there are six girls left, and America Singer is feeling the tension. She's also stuck between Aspen and Maxon. UUUGGGGHHHHH. Honestly? I don't know why she's still even thinking about having a future with Aspen! He's an asshole! He had no problem pretending like she didn't exist when he broke up with her, I don't care if he did it to make her go do the Selection! But she did, and she met Maxon, and although she didn't fall for him immediately (thank God, in a way, cause I'm starting to despise those instaloves) she still had something growing for him. And then that asshat had to go and ruin it by showing up as a palace guard, and she had to go fuck it up by sleeping with him just before the book ended!!!!!!!!!!!
*God, did she really have sex with him?*
*How the hell should I know? I skipped the details once they literally slept together.*
*Really? Are you serious right now?*
*Hey, THAT detail was traumatizing enough!*
Anyway, that's in the first book, not this.
But God, how I hated The Selection. I loved the concept and all but I hated that America had gone and slept with Aspen like that! AND when she knew that being with another guy while being a part of the Selection was punishable by death!! I mean, what the hell America?!?!? What about Max?! Even if you weren't in love or anything, didn't he at least deserve that much respect?
BUT I was excited when I saw that The Elite was out. Despite how irritating her moment of weakness was, I still wanted to see her end up with Max! SSOOO I read it, and it was overall awesome! Sure, there were a lot of moments when I wanted to strangle her and yell and shoot Aspen in the ass, but hey! She's growing...
It starts off really sweet with her and Max on one of their many dates in the gardens, and we see that America has decided to have some timeout with both the boys, thank GOD. She's still irked at the fact that she has to share Max with the other girls, and because of that, she can never really trust him completely. How is she supposed to trust him when his sweet words to her could be something he says to all of them? So she keeps her feelings to herself. Sad. :(
Then there's Aspen, and her moments with him, though very irritating, were really just a slice of home. She needed comfort, and he was usually there to help her. As she said in the book, he was her constant that she could always depend on. And although I dislike it, it's true. If for whatever reason she doesn't get picked, he'll still be there, because that's how stubborn he is. BUT, they had a fight towards the end, so I'm wondering if her refusal to hate Max will be the last straw for him. I fucking hope so! Boy's a great friend and all, but she's chosen Max, honey boy! And no one likes a pusher!
Unfortunately, America needed two fucking novels to realize she loves Max. I mean, I know I don't like instaloves, but come on! Did you really need so much opportunities to see how much Max cares for you??? There were soooo many things that made me go off and daydream, and that's a good thing. Hell, I'm a walking time-bomb of emotions right now! I'm pissed at everyone, happy for all, depressed for the rest!
Okay, so basically she continues with the Selection while trying to figure out if she wants to be with Max and live up to the expectations of being a princess, or get away from all the shit and live with Aspen as his wife, like she'd originally planned before all this happened. In the beginning, things were going good. He threw a Halloween party for her, she got to see her family, and they were so close to loving each other... let's just say that if he'd gone through with his wanting to propose to her, she'd have said yes, and the Selection would've been done. But it didn't happen, and after the party passed, Marlee, America's best friend, was caught with a guard. She didn't know what was going on when her depressed-looking maids helped her get dressed in black the next morning, and for a moment, she thought she was going home, but all the other girls were wearing black, so it calmed her somewhat. She even started to relax when they were exposed to the crowds outside and placed in a spot with a good view of some interesting things on a platform. A ladder and a stack of wood? Hmm.
And then Marlee and the guard, both still in their costumes from last night, were brought out, and accused of breaking the law. The arrogant man read their illegal, intimate time together as treason, and degraded them to Eight's, the lowest caste ever, but were caned, instead of put to death. At this, America was furious, and when her cries to Max went unheard, she flew off of her seat and ran to the stage to stop it, only to be lead back to her room.
This is where she and Max drift apart. She hates him (and herself) for being so stupid to think that she knew him, but she fails to realize that Max had given them mercy. He knew how much Marlee meant to America, and so instead of letting his dad kill them like the law says, he'd made it to where they were just punished. He even went so far as to secretly hide them in the palace, but she doesn't see this kindness until later.
I felt so sad for Marlee :( But even while they were caned, her lover was still telling her it would be okay and that he loved her. AWWW, right?! So despite their punishment, at least they would be together...
So now America hates Max and has come to realize that Aspen has always been there for her, and this starts up her more-than-happy acceptance to see him in secret. This I hated, because this is a huge risk! They could be caught and get the same punishment! Or WORSE! But at the same time, I can't help but understand why she does it. Even if Aspen isn't chosen, she still sees him as someone close to talk to. So I'll give her that.
A lot of small things happen, but throughout it, Max is starting to see that no matter what he does, America will never fully trust him. But can he blame her? How- oh. Well, in a way, the only thing keeping her from believing him is her lack of confidence.
*Fuck, it goes back to that confidence thing again? Sigh.*
Damn. Okay, so he really can blame her. If she'd just believe in herself more, she wouldn't be in this predicament. You see it throughout the book, especially with the question about her being able to be a princess. Her dad says she can, Aspen says she doesn't have it in her. What does SHE think? Well, no one knows yet, not even her. At least, not until the very end, anyway, but even by that point, she's really just fighting to be with him. "Being The Princess" is more of a detail. If she happens to need to be The One to get him, then so be it. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
SSOOO while she and Aspen are getting closer, she's liking Maxon less and less. Unfortunately, this results to him realizing that he can't depend on America. Even if he never loves anyone else, he still needs to choose a girl in the end! So what does he do? He starts looking at the other girls again, and THEN.......HE......FINDS.....SOMEONE..........
He finds something in what's-her-face... Kriss. She gave him a handmade card, and he's kinda touched, becuase no one's ever given him a gift. Yes. Not even America, which makes her feel bad when he mentions this. And when Celeste, the mean girl in this thing, says something about Marlee, America smacks her around, and the two are then sent to the hospital wing. This is where Max basically tells her that he has something with Kriss. And her heart breaks. And MY heart breaks!
Now she's sad that Max does like another girl, and she feels even more stupid for thinking that he only ever had eyes for her. The only time she accepts it is when he actually explains the whole ideal, which then makes her feel bad...
One of my favorite scenes was when the girls were split into two groups to be hosts to two guests from Germany and Italy. Three girls, including Celeste, get Germany, who are very... conservative. America and Kriss get the Italians, a country who, for the first time, has only now reached out for some friendly visits. They aren't allies, you see, so it's very important that they get this right.
Drama and the rebels interrupt their setting up, but in the end it's a success. The Italian princess even commends America for what she'd done with Marlee that day, and says that because of it, she was very much willing to ally her country with America's, IF AMERICA BECAME THE PRINCESS.
It's a huge deal! But then it brings America back to the whole 'Will I be able to do it?' Sigh...
A bunch of other small stuff happens and I can't remember. They weren't that memorable. I'll tell you what was memorable, though. Max. Making out with Celeste. Ugh, that FUCKER! I mean FUCK, seriously?! He explains himself in the end about needing a little "me time" after America hurts him for the last time, but that ain't no excuse! You're on my Shit List, Mr. Royal Pain In My Ass! And so is America, for that matter, with all her Aspen Baggage!
So after reading this, this is basically what I got: She needed time from both guys, played Emotional Tennis with both of them when Maxon gave her the influence that he didn't really love her, didn't know if she was good enough for anything, realized she loved Max, and decided to fight for him and make him believe that he did have her trust. No one was even eliminated, and Marlee doesn't count because she was punished, and actually voted off the metaphorical island, which in a way can be seen as a prison because an island is in the middle of the ocean and if you didn't have a boat, you'd be stuck there, sorta like a cage-
So that's the basics of what happened. The only major thing I'm leaving out was what she did after she saw Max and Celeste. Let's just say she was pissed, did her required presentation on destroying the castes, got Max in (physical *whip* *whip*) trouble with the king, was let go but then given a second chance, and was threatened by the king, who does NOT like her.
I RECOMMEND THIS HIGHLY EMOTIONAL AND INFURIATING SEQUEL!
You should probably read the first one, though. Or not. Book one is for the thrill of "The Bachelor" and book two is more about America, her love triangle, and what's going on in the kingdom. This sequel made me love the series. The first book certainly made me interested, if not irritated and mad in the beginning. ^_^ But it was good! First book I devoured in less than seven hours.
*lol sorry, couldn't help it*