American Singer doesn't want to be the next princess, but everyone insists that she enter the Selection. When she is chosen to move forward to the next round, America is both shocked and annoyed. This is not what she wants. So in the guise of competing, she makes a deal with Prince Maxon. If he lets her stay and eat and keeps sending money home to her family, she'll be his eyes on the inside of the circle of girls.
I'm not going to say that The Selection is a grand work of art, because it's not. It's cheesy and cliche and totally predictable. But The Selection is also highly entertaining. It's the closest I've seen to a book being both a dystopia and a "light beach read". The dynamics between the girls is interesting, and if dating shows are your thing, you'll probably like the love triangle. And this is one of those books where... well yes of COURSE there's a love triangle. It's still cliche and cheesy, but it's expected and works well enough. Except I dislike both the boys, but that's taste.
The Selection remains an entertaining read and something that I can see younger generations reading. It's not a classic by any means, but seven years later this book is still very accessible and fun.