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re-read matched month!


The lovely folks at Penguin Teen have declared October to be “Re-Read Matched Month.” And I will say that it is a great idea to re-read MATCHED to be ready for CROSSED because the story picks right up again in Chapter 1 of CROSSED.

To celebrate Re-Read Matched Month, Penguin Teen has made an awesome tumblr of Matched Facts to help refresh your memory. They’ve posted a bunch already and will be adding a new fact each day up until the release of CROSSED. You can find the tumblr here, with the most current fact at the top. Scroll down to see more (the ones that are marked SPOILER are spoilers for those who haven’t yet read MATCHED, but won’t ruin anything for CROSSED). So, if you can’t re-read the book, this is a fast way to remind yourself of some key facts!

There are also Matched-related discussions taking place over in the Re-Read Matched in October forum on Goodreads.

In other MATCHED news, the MATCHED paperback made the New York Times Bestseller List (Children’s Chapter Books) for paperbacks, debuting at #5 its first week out and staying on at #7 this past week! Thank you all so much for your continued support of this book. I got to sign copies of the paperback for the first time last week on the Smart Chicks Tour and it was so much fun. That cover is gorgeous. I love the added green and shininess.

Speaking of the Smart Chicks Tour, it was a really lovely experience. Though I was only gone for about 24 hours and didn’t get to see/talk with the other authors nearly enough, it was so fun to hang out with them even for a bit. And MANY THANKS to all of you who came to the event. I loved meeting each of you. And Portland is GORGEOUS.

While at the Smart Chicks tour event, I got to meet the AWESOME Audra, who runs one of the fansites (the-society.net). She is giving away some great MATCHED swag over on the fansite right now, so head on over to enter! I have links to the fansites in the sidebar and they are amazing. Sometimes they know things before I do! So if you haven’t checked them out yet, be sure to do so.

Also, I’ve chosen the winner of VARIANT (via the random number generator)! It is Jessie Humphries! Congratulations, Jessie!

I hope you are all having a wonderful October so far. This is the best month in a lot of ways–best month for running here in Utah, best month for being outside during the day and then curling up with a book at night, best month for apple cider and pumpkins on porches. Happy fall!




+ comments (22)
  • Ali
    October 6, 2011

    Don’t forget the candy corn! That’s great news about Matched. You must be thrilled! Congrats on all your success!



    • ally
      October 11, 2011

      Thanks, Ali! You are very sweet. And I wish I liked candy corn, but those and circus peanuts are the two kind of candy I just can’t it. And Tootsie Pops. But I do love all the little bags of Skittles around right now…



  • Krista
    October 6, 2011

    so exited! I am going to listen to the audio book this time around. So bummed I missed out on the utah blogger event, I heard you sent copies of Crossed which was so nice of you! But I pre-ordered and I cannot wait to see what happens next.



    • ally
      October 11, 2011

      Thank you, Krista!! I’m so glad you liked Matched. And that you’re looking forward to Crossed! 🙂



  • Jake
    October 6, 2011

    You forgot about October being the best month for freak snow storms that cause landslides that close US 14 due to landslides. Sorry I’m not too high on October at the moment, but I am excited about your book next month.



    • ally
      October 11, 2011

      Jake, October did drop the ball on that landslide. My parents can’t get up to their property at Navajo either. So lame! Thanks for being excited about the book. 🙂



  • Tricia-wa
    October 6, 2011

    That’s awesome! I just reread Matched like two weeks ago but I might rereread it just to get it fresh in my mind!



    • ally
      October 11, 2011

      Tricia–oh wow, you’ve already re-read it! You’re ahead of the game. Hope you enjoy Crossed too! 🙂



  • Kylie
    October 9, 2011

    I love matched!!! It’s my favorite book of all times. I have read it 6 times, and are on teh 7th times reading it. I can’t wait until Crossed comes out!!



    • ally
      October 11, 2011

      Kylie, that is awesome that you’ve read Matched so many times. Thank you! You will be very well-prepared for Crossed. 🙂



  • megan
    October 9, 2011

    im 13 and i loved this book i cannot wait to read the trilogy! i just bought it and i read it like 5 times love it! my new fave book!!



    • ally
      October 11, 2011

      Megan, yay! So happy Matched is your new fave. That makes my day!



  • Alex Anacki
    October 10, 2011

    I just finished rereading it! I bought a used ARC from the library’s bookstore. 🙂



    • ally
      October 11, 2011

      Alex, that’s crazy. I had no idea that libraries sold ARCs! Glad you enjoyed the read.



  • Temitope Olafisoyè
    October 11, 2011

    I just finished reading matched and I have 2 admit the book really has a meaning throughout the book my feelings and emotions would wander off into the book. Life was not fair they were not allowed to love the people they loved to do what they wanted to do they had a schedul e 4 everything that was going on in their lives. Cassia to me is a very brave girl and I love her character she is determined to get what she wants . Ky because he was a aberration life was tough for him and that also meant that he would be single he was not allowed to be matched but he found love witg cassia. When the book was coming to an end tears overflowed my eyes the society wanted ky to fight in the war. The war is a sign of death. Cassia did not know how to go about it because she was the one that put him there although ky left somethings for cassia if she wanted to ever trace him. Now cassia is set on going to find ky. The book matched is a very gripping page turner which everybody must read especially tennegers. I as a teenager have learnt so much in that bookm . I can’t wait till crossed comes out. Ally condle should continue to write more fantastic books. Xx



    • ally
      October 11, 2011

      Temitope, thank you for your very kind words (and great analysis of Matched). I plan to keep writing and appreciate you reading!



  • Christina
    October 11, 2011

    I just finished listening to the audio book. It looks like I finished it just in time for Crossed. I’m looking forward to it! Thank you!



    • ally
      October 11, 2011

      Christina, that is perfect timing! I hope you enjoyed the audio book. I love the narrator’s voice.



  • chelseamooneyhan
    October 11, 2011

    i loved your book matched and i cant wait to read crossed. i hope she finds ky in this book!



    • ally
      October 11, 2011

      Thanks, Chelsea! I’m glad you’re rooting for her to find Ky. I am too. 😉



  • Victoria
    October 12, 2011

    Even though this is re-read month, I actually just picked up and finished the book two days ago. It is now my favorite book and has re inspired me to do the thing I love most: writing. I just wanted to thank you for writing such an honestly great book and for inspiring me to reach to do the same!



  • Kristin DeLorme
    October 19, 2011

    Dear Ms. Condie,
    I am the librarian at Edgewood High School in Madison, WI. I am also the Book Club advisor here, and we are reading Matched as our first selection in October–perfect timing since it’s re-read Matched month! We are also looking forward to the release of Crossed, very soon! Our meeting is today, Weds, Oct 19. I can’t wait to hear what my club members have to say. I personally found Matched to be fascinating and thought-provoking. Thank you for writing your novels! Kristin DeLorme




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