“Matched” by Ally Condie


Basically on the first day of orientation the teacher people told us that you can enjoy watching TV or reading books or going to church or spending time with friends and family but you won’t have time to do all of it. Scare tactic? I hope so. Probably not. We’re not even allowed to have a job for the first year. SCARY.

Anyway, I am trying my hardest to actually watch TV AND read and maybe even have some social interaction with someone other than my cat but we’ll see how that goes.

This book was pretty good. I listened through it all the way on audiobook. I downloaded it right before a road trip and listened to it on the way but it still took me almost three weeks to finish just because of time, man.

It’s about a girl named Cassia and her living in the “Society” and the “officials” and a love triangle with some dudes she’s known her whole life named Xander and Ky. Not going to lie, I had to Google those names. Audiobook cons.

It’s called Matched because the people who live in the Society have their whole life planned out for them by the government of this new world. When they’re a certain age (15? 17? Something like that), they are *matched* with another person who they were found to be completely compatible with, and then after a few years they get married through a “contract.” Sounds super romantic, right?

One thing that got me about this book is that the Society is supposed to be a really controlled environment, but this main girl just did mostly whatever she wanted and there were a few repercussions, but they didn’t seem life-altering. Maybe near the end, but by then they were just trying to find ways to lead into the next book because — surprise! — it’s a trilogy!

I’m going to try to read the other books in the series but I think other people are in line for them in the little public library audiobook queue so we’ll see how that goes. I’m reading my series all mixed up right now. I still haven’t started “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” I’m about halfway through “The Longest Ride,” and I just started the audiobook of “To Kill a Mockingbird” today. More on that later. Shameless plug for further blog posts.

Wish me luck in surviving law school and stuff,



I’m watching Interstellar for the first time ever and one of the awesome NASA people just quoted the poem that is super relevant in this book. Basically in the book the society has chosen only 100 pieces of each type of art (poems, paintings, songs, etc.) that the people are allowed to have access to. But there’s basically a black market on contraband art and one of them is the poem “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas. Cassia gets ahold of the poem and she basically uses it as her mantra all throughout the series.

Anyway, this guy in the movie just quoted it! And it reminded me that I never finished the “Matched” trilogy… In my defense, it was not one that kept my attention really well. It was an alright series but there was just something about it. It needed more. Soooo I probably won’t finish it ever and I’m sorry about that but I have already moved on and I would have to force myself to finish it and that is not something I want to do.

Side note: I’m typing this on my phone and this is DIFFICULT. Definitely sticking to the laptop now.



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