Teen Read Week was October 16th through the 22nd, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating all month long with 31 Days of Authors. On each day in October, we’ll bring you exclusive author interviews and profiles plus reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us. Today we feature Ally Condie, whose book Matched is #6 on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list.
It was not one bit surprising to me when I saw Matched on the 2011 Teens Top Ten list. I’m a big fan of dystopian fiction, especially for teens, and when I started reading Matched I didn’t put it down until I read the final page. The compelling characters and thoughtful details of the future world instantly drew me into the book, but the sinister “it’s all for you own good” Society provided the perfect amount of tension that kept me flipping the pages well beyond bed time. Ally was gracious enough to answer some questions for us in today’s post–enjoy!
Congratulations on being one of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten choices for 2011! What went through your mind when you found out Matched was a favorite book of teens across the country?
Honestly, I can think of no greater honor. I am a former high school teacher and coach and so this means the world to me. When I found out I thought, “Really? Can this be true?” and I have to admit that I teared up a bit. But then I started grinning. And I haven’t stopped since. I am so very grateful to the teens who read and voted for Matched!