Last month I listened to one of the most pathetic books I had read in a very, very long time.
I get a little passionate about how much I hate stupid teenager love triangle books. I’ll try to keep it low key.
I HATE stupid teenager love triangle books!! They drive me CRAZY! I end up hating all of the characters. I was in a stupid love triangle drama at one point in my life- and the person I hated the very most was me. It was good for me because I learned how to not be a seriously jerky human being. But I never ever want to relive that again!
So- reading books where the leading lady teenager girl represents the version of me that I had to live with for longer than I could almost stand, I just want to slap all of them and yell GROW UP!!!!
So- you can probably imagine how I felt about this book:
Yep. Hated it.
It’s one redeeming quality was that at least none of the characters had weird paranormal crap going on.
So many people had recommended this book to me I decided to dive into it without even knowing what it was about.
Quick sum up- Cassia has been “Matched” to marry her best friend in a Giver kind of society. But, then she finds out she could have been matched with this outcast guy- (don’t even remember his name and I just don’t care enough to look it up). So Cassia and bad boy end up in this forbidden relationship all behind the back of her best friend who is madly in love with her.
If you are into that plot line- power to you. Go read it. You’ll love it! I won’t judge you. Jessica loved Twilight and I still love her. She just knows not to bring it up around me unless she wants an earful. Haha.
If you find yourself nodding your head and wanting to shout “AMEN!” right now, I wrote a much more passionate rant about how I felt about this book on Goodreads that you are welcome to go read.
For the purposes of today’s blog post though, just saying I didn’t like it is enough.
Now, you might be shocked, probably not nearly as shocked as I was, when I decided to pick up another Ally Condie title.
No. It was not book 2 in the Matched trilogy. Cassia and her manly bad boy can go jump into a volcano for all I care. I’m over it. Never again!
No. I read her newer intermediate book. It has also been recommended to me by several people, and I just had to see if it was as bad.
Cedar’s family has moved to “Iron Creek” (fictional Cedar City for all you Utah peeps) for the summer after her dad and her brother were killed in a car crash.
She is kind of a mess trying to deal with all of her loss. She makes a new friend,Leo, while working at a summer play festival “Summerlost” (aka The Shakespearean festival).
I wondered if this was an autobiographical story. It was just so much more real. Where I wondered if Ally Condie had ever experienced a real solid relationship while reading Matched, this book left me having no doubt that Ally Condie has felt the sting of loss and the pain of picking up the pieces of a life that has been shattered.
I found it quite ironic that the characters in this book were a good five years younger than her Matched characters, but had infinetly more depth and maturity.
You saved yourself Ally Condie. This book was touching.
I think maybe Ally Condie fell into the “write what the people want” trap. And the people loved it. But there is just a lot more to Ally Condie than Matched could bring to the table.
I sincerely hope she writes more contemporary fiction. I think her books are just going to be hit and miss with me.
What do you think? How did you feel about Matched? Have you read Summerlost? Am I being too harsh on YA teenagers? Do I take myself too seriously? Haha. Any comment will do. I am open for discussion.