Ally Condie is an American novelist best known for her work in the young adult genre. Born Allyson Braithwaite Condie in Cedar City, Utah in 1971, Ally’s mother was a powerful influence on her.
Order of Matched Series
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The woman was an artist and she drove Condie to run after more creative pursuits during her childhood. It was because of her mother that Condie gained an interest in poems, not to mention her curiosity for famous paintings. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Condie put her English degree to good use by teaching the subject in High School for a few years before finally writing ‘Yearbook’, her first novel.
Condie only took to writing after the birth of her first child, with ‘Yearbook’ finally hitting the shelves in 2006. Ally Condie is a devout Mormon. Her faith has had a noticeable impact on her writing style and approach to storytelling.
You only need to look at her representation of Mormonism in books like ‘Being Sixteen’ to understand the central role the religion plays in her life. Condie never really tries to explain or defend the teachings of Mormonism in her books. Rather, she simply presents it as an aspect of her characters.
Condie has a husband and four children. She loves to read and run. She also enjoys eating, not to mention listening to her husband’s music.
Condie is best known for the ‘Matched’ series of novels.
Ally Condie Awards
For her efforts as a young adult novelist, Ally Condie has been nominated for a number of awards, this including the Delaware Diamonds Award in 2011, the Florida Teens Read Award and the Isinglass Teen Read Award in 2011.
The author also won the Buckeye Children’s Book Award in 2012, not to mention placing second for the Gateway Readers Award in 2012.
Ally Condie Books into Movies
‘Matched’, Ally Condie’s first novel in the Matched Trilogy was optioned for a movie adaptation by the Walt Disney Company. It also seems like the foreign film rights have been sold to more than two dozen countries.
However, there has been little in the way of actual progress on the ground with regards to the movie being produced.
Best Ally Condie Books
Ally Condie has written a number of highly popular and critically acclaimed novels, with some of the best books in her bibliography including the following:
Matched: Cassie has never been content, not when officials have monopolized the power to make decisions about her life, this including where she will work, who she will love and even when she will die.
For Cassie, trusting their choices has always been difficult. She never believed that a long life and even the perfect job were worthwhile rewards for one’s loss of control.
Something happens when Cassie sees her best friend appear on the Matching Screen. She is initially certain that he is the one. But then she sees another face. A face that only flashes on the screen for a fraction of a moment before disappearing.
Cassie is now in a difficult situation. She must choose between a life she knows and trusts and an opportunity that leads into the unknown. She can either accept passion or perfection, but not both.
This book borrows a lot of concepts from other Young Adult novels. At the very least, the book is reminiscent of books like ‘The Giver’. Condie definitely adds a few new things to the whole dystopian future trope, though not all the additions make sense.
There is a definite lack of structure to Condie’s world. She doesn’t take nearly as much time crafting it or setting sensible rules in place. Putting the dystopian future aspects aside, this book is mostly a conventional teen romance with love triangles and inexplicable connections.
Being Sixteen: A lot of things happen to Juliet in the year she turns sixteen, this including losing her place on the basketball team. Things get hectic when her younger sister falls prey to an eating disorder, pushing Juliet to draw upon the strength of her family and faith.
This is an interesting book, following the trials of a girl who seems so certain that her life will be perfect after she turns sixteen. However, things take a different turn. Not only does the boy she thought she would date turn his sights on her friend, but her sister’s eating disorder turns the whole family upside down.
Ally Condie explores the drama that often plagues teenage life.