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Teen Review: Matched by Allyson Condie

My name is Jenna. I go to a high school where I’m part of the marching band and the cheerleading squad. I’m pretty busy, but I always find time to read. I’m also very creative and I like doing little crafts out of random things I find.

Matched by Ally Condie

Cassia was so excited for her Matching ceremony. She’s been restlessly waiting for 17 years for this day to come. The Matching ceremony is when she will know who she has been ‘matched’ with. Who she will marry, who she will have kids with, and who she will spend the rest of her life with. Who she is matched with is of course decided by the Society. Every single decision is made by the Society.

When the day comes, Cassia and everyone at the ceremony become utterly surprised when they see that Cassia’s match is her best friend, Xander. It is extremely uncommon that the two matches already know each other, so the two best friends become sort of celebrities.

At the ceremony, every Matched girl/boy receives a card that holds more information on their match. When Cassia entered her card about her match, instead of seeing Xander’s face and facts, a different face appears on the screen…Ky Markham’s.

Ky was just a mutual friend of Cassia and Xander, but now that Cassia has seen Ky’s face on her Match card, she can’t stop thinking about him. She’s suddenly doubting everything the Society stood for. She doesn’t want all of her decisions to be made for her anymore, especially when it comes to whom she loves.

Cassia learns more and more about the world she lives in and in return learns more about herself and about the person she truly loves, Ky.

This book is interesting because it was about a young girl completely going against everything she’s ever known. The love story in it is sweet and cute, but most of the characters are rather one dimensional. Overall, this book would be rated a 3/5.

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