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november 1, 2011


photo credit Brook Andreoli

Today, to mark the release date of CROSSED, I thought I would write a little bit about all the people who helped me get this story down on paper in its earliest form, before I could even send it off to my agent and editor: my family.

Without my family, I could never have written any of my books, but this one in particular required the help and love of every last one of them and I am deeply grateful.

CROSSED belongs to my parents, who took me to the canyons every weekend of my childhood, who said, “Here is a beautiful place; we will walk with you through it.” They have walked with me through many canyons, and they are the ones who take care of my kids whenever I am out of town so my husband doesn’t have to miss work. My father is the one who first challenged me to write a book, and my mother is a professional artist who showed me that discipline and inspiration are both required to create.

CROSSED belongs to my brother, Nic, who read so many drafts I lost count and who tirelessly answered questions about fish, streams, and the outdoors. He also inserted scathing comments throughout the text, which I can’t repeat in a public forum (WHERE did my baby brother learn such profanity?!?), but they always made me laugh and made me think. More than any other reader, Nic challenges me to get over myself and get into the story.

CROSSED belongs to my sister, Hope, who also read multiple drafts with cheerful good humor, even when she was the midst of her freshman year of college and all of the parties/studying/late nights that entails. One of the qualities Hope has is her essential kindness, and she brings that to everything she does and makes you feel better about your book, your self, and any kind of world that could produce someone like her.

This book belongs to my sister, Elaine, who once again went through several drafts (but, thankfully for her sake, not as many as MATCHED). Like Nic, she tells it like it is, and that kind of honesty is what a book often needs. She’s always willing to talk me through the low points and rejoice with me during the good moments, even when it requires driving across the entire state to a launch party (can’t wait to see you tonight!).

This book belongs to my cousin, Caitlin, who came every Tuesday and Thursday morning from the fall of 2010 to the fall of 2011. Without those hours I never would have finished this book. She cheered me on and took such good care of my kids. Her gentleness, grace, and absolute good humor made us all feel like, “Yes, we can do this!” even when there seemed to be mounting evidence to the contrary.

This book belongs to my sons, who make me feel everything in life so much more deeply. Without them, I would be an entirely different person and writer. They are, of course, the reason for everything.

And, of course, this book belongs to my husband. I knew, the first day I met him and saw that smile, those kind eyes, that he was someone extraordinary. Someone truly good. All that has happened in those years since–grad school, three kids, seven books, many shared joys and sorrows–has only affirmed everything I thought in that first meeting.

And I couldn’t have written CROSSED without you, my reading family–all of you.

I posted last year on the release of MATCHED, and in that post I said that the book now belongs to you, the readers. That is, of course, also true of CROSSED. The book always belongs to each reader individually. When you read it, you make it yours and you make it come alive in a way that it never has before. Each reader brings something special and different to a book and enriches the story. I am so grateful to all of you readers.




+ comments (27)
  • Kylie
    November 1, 2011

    Yay! Congratulations on Crossed!! I’m so excited to get my hands on it. 🙂



  • ssstidham
    November 1, 2011

    its great so far… I haven’t be able to read to much yet since I’m at work and by the time I got home last night it was to late for me to start reading it.. I can’t wait to go home tonight and read more and find out how it ends. Is this the last book or is there going to be another one?

    Shannon S.



    • Emily
      November 4, 2011

      There is another book and I have a feeling its red because they use the green tablet a lot in book one Matched and they use the blue tablet a lot in book two Crossed the last color tablet is red.



  • Alice
    November 1, 2011

    Congrats on the release of Crossed Ally! I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait for book 3.

    Glad to be part of your reading family! 🙂



  • Jenni Elyse
    November 1, 2011

    What a wonderful and moving post. Thanks for sharing it with us. 🙂



  • Danica Page
    November 1, 2011

    I can’t wait to buy this. I will do that tomorrow hopefully.

    Great post!



  • Aubrey
    November 1, 2011

    I am so excited for you Ally! And excited to read your book! Congrats!



  • Connie
    November 1, 2011

    My daughter and I got our copy today. I can’t wait to read it–but she has first dibs. 🙂



  • NatalieSepulveda
    November 1, 2011

    Loved MATCHED! Could never get my hands off of it!:) so excited for Crossed! I’ve already read the first few chapters can’t wait to read more!



    • Emily
      November 4, 2011

      I’m at the same place as you it is so good im holding it right now! LOL! 🙂



  • Ruth Josse
    November 1, 2011

    Happy Release Day! So excited to read the next installment.



  • Suey
    November 1, 2011

    Congrats! All the best to you!



  • Caroline
    November 1, 2011

    Congrats! I’m super excited to read it… I think I might have pre-ordered it on kindle a while back, I wonder why it hasn’t been delivered…..

    Anyway, awesome peptalk on NaNo. I was so tired after Halloween I completely forgot it’s November 1st! It made my day to see the very first peptalk in my inbox.



  • Caroline
    November 1, 2011

    Forgot to add….

    I never emailed you or anything, but even months after reading Matched (and I read a ton of books, ask my parents… they pay my amazon bill) the very first part still sticks out to me. I loved how you described the green fabric.



  • Veronica B
    November 1, 2011

    Just finished reading Crossed in 6 hours tonight instead of writing lessons plans for tomorrow. Thank you for writing such an amazing book! I just couldn’t put it down. Looking forward to this time next year for the final book.



  • Bridget
    November 1, 2011

    Great job Ally! You were beautiful, poised, and so funny at the launch. I’m so impressed by all you do and wish you all the best with this book as well. It was so great to see you for a little while tonight. Congratulations!



  • Joanna
    November 1, 2011

    Family does rock. Much love for the beautiful fall photo of Crossed & Congrats on its release!



  • Tori
    November 1, 2011

    It was great to see you tonight, you were as witty as always. Good luck with the next few weeks.



  • Blue
    November 1, 2011

    I was happy to be at the launch of Crossed tonight…though I had to run right after your talk and couldn’t wait in line for a signature. Someday the stars will align and I’ll have you sign them all. You spoke so beautifully! I had to write down one thing you said because it really did inspire me (something to the effect of “It doesn’t matter how long something we create actually lasts, it’s the act of creation that is important, that changes us.” That was encouraging to me. I also loved hearing about the process of writing this book from start to release date. You are darling and your family, too. It warmed my heart to see them there supporting you. Yay for you! Can’t wait till my daughter finishes Crossed so I can get my hands on it.



  • Angel
    November 2, 2011

    Yay! I’m so glad that this is out and I can’t wait to read it. It was so great to meet you at the LA Times Festival of Books earlier this year. You deserve some rest after all of this hard work you put in!



  • Katrina
    November 2, 2011

    I found Matched 2 days ago and since then I have read it and Crossed. I feel really fortunate to have been able to download these one book immediately as well as anxious to have to wait a year for the third. Thank you so much for a series that I can enjoy AND share with my 13 year old daughter! These are too rare these days.



  • Ali
    November 2, 2011

    I look forward to getting a copy of Crossed and reading it.



  • Emmy
    November 2, 2011

    Congratulations on Crossed, Ally! I’m almost done reading and it has been absolutely fantastic so far!



  • Emily
    November 3, 2011

    I love your books they inspire me and I’m glad you wrote them. I love how you put the poems in the front because I love them. Can’t wait for the next book and I have a feeling it is going to be red. Hope to see you at a release party!



  • Emily
    November 3, 2011

    When does it come out in paperback??



  • Alannah
    November 12, 2011

    I’m in sixth grade and i’m kind fo picky about books. As soon as I seen Matched I fell in love with the book. I can’t wait to read Crossed. I love how you made it a love triangle Ky , Cassia ,and Xander. What happens in Crossed does the Society fall apart? and Will Cassia change her mind about Ky? Love the books!!!!!



  • Alannah
    November 12, 2011

    When I seen the poems in your books, I started to write poems like Ky… “Thank you for inspiring me.”




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