The Favorite: A Selection Novella (HarperTeen, 2015) by Kiera Cass is the final (to date) novella in The Selection series, told from the point of view of Marlee, America’s best friend and the country’s “favorite” contender of the Elite.
Marlee sadly loses favor in either The Elite or The One (forgive me; it’s been a few years) when she falls in love with a palace guard named Carter Woodwork. Because she is supposed to be devoted to Prince Maxon until he dismisses her from The Selection, having an affair with another man is treason, and the couple are punished severely by the king. But this managed to still be a charming little romance in the end. I enjoyed learning how Marlee and Carter fell in love, and I loved Marlee’s constant upbeat optimism, even when facing the worst. I’m glad they got their happily ever after.
“I couldn’t fight the laugh that came out. And I fell in love all over again. In less than a day I’d been beaten and made an Eight, and was waiting to be exiled to who knew where. Still, I was laughing. What princess could have more?”
“‘You didn’t steal me. I’m not a teapot.'”