The Undesirable (Undesirable #1) by Sara Celi

What if everything you knew turned out to be a lie? Charlotte Walker knows how to live under the rule of The Party. She has managed for 18 years. She helps out her drunken mother and keeps life going at a familiar, steady pace. She doesn’t ask questions, even though she has many of them in her heart. Fostino Sanchez knows how to live under the rule of The Party, too. For 19 years, he’s worked to be the perfect Party member. He knows what must be done to keep Maxwell Cooper in power, and how find the The Undesirables that threaten to take away everything that matters. As the months go by, what matters most to Fostino is Charlotte Walker. While their love blooms, danger comes to Charlotte and Fostino’s small hometown of Harrison Corners, OH. Threats they never knew existed could take away all that they care about. And just when these two teens think they know what will come next, Charlotte learns the truth about a secret she has long suspected. What Charlotte finds out changes everything. EVERYTHING. THE UNDESIRABLE is Charlotte Walker’s story, from her point of view. It is a thrilling, suspenseful tale of love, curiosity, adversity, and maturity against the backdrop of a futuristic war. Should Charlotte trust Fostino with what she knows? Can she trust anyone? Will she find it in herself to rise up against terrible odds? What if the ultimate Undesirable is her?


I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A while back I saw a ‘keep calm’ image, but instead of ‘…and carry on’ it said ‘…and save Fostino’ and I was like “What the Hell is a Fostino?”… I honestly thought it was some kind of wildlife project like Save The Whales or whatever… I didn’t get it at all lol… so imagine my surprise when I realized that Fostino is actually some hunk of a guy from the book The Undesirable, yip – when you have a ‘keep calm’ campaign dedicated to you, you must have something to deserve that much attention 😀 Well, anyway, long story short… figured it out and whatnot… and yes, We should all be wearing caps and shirts with this phrase printed on the front lol… Fostino (in my mind) is still somewhat mysterious really and I’m ever so sorry this wasn’t an adult romance because I could have had some really graphic day-dreams… but alas, hard-core adult romance readers wont get their belly’s thoroughly scratched because The Undesirables is a very clean young adult dystopian read. Not in the least less effective, but I can’t help but wish for more in that department… in fact it actually ended up taunting and teasing me, almost getting there, but then, not quite. The Undesirable is the debut novel of ‘new, look-out-for’ author S. Celi. In this book we follow Charlotte & Fostino (sigh) – and their journey to love, horror and ultimately freedom. The Reason for my 4.5 Star Rating? Probably the fact that it did seem a little long for the first half. But that could also be because it’s not my usual genre, another would be because author S. Celi doesn’t skip out on building up a graphic futuristic world. It’s pretty much told to you in detail what you could expect to see in the world she’s created for The Undesirable. I honestly could, and still can, clearly imagine it all as if I was staring right at it. Another reason would be that I wasn’t a huge fan of Charlotte mannerisms… not quite disliking it, just not loving it. What it ended up doing was making me lose interest in the first half of the book. By the second, those annoying little nervous fidgeting and unsure-of-herself traits faded, allowing me to focus on the story and not what Charlotte was doing and it’s pretty much a 5 star all the way to the end from that point onwards. The writing style is neat, clean and easy to follow. Author S. Celi doesn’t make us readers grab a dictionary every other sentence. I have to praise that aspect. What I enjoyed most about the book? The story is great. The twists unpredictable and the characters well planned, annoying little habits and all lol. When I was forced to put the book down, my mind continuously drifted back to wondering what was awaiting me when I could get back to reading it. It kept me entertained, on edge and intrigued. I love Fostino and wanted more of him and about him and just more of him in general. There are moments in the book that will shock you with it’s brazen situations… there a a few parts that I didn’t expect, but totally loved. For a clean YA dystopian with only a hint of romance and some here and there dark and violent moments… I thoroughly enjoyed The Undesirable!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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