Reached By Ally Conde Book Trailer Assignment

And now I can regale you with BEA: A Photo Essay. (I used to have my students do a photo essay assignment when I taught 10th grade English. I am sure they LOVED it.) First up: This is my street the morning before I left. (Daphne, if you are reading this, please let me know if you want me to remove this picture of your very lovely home.)

This is Central Park while I was in NYC. Not a bad trade.

And here we have me, Don Weisberg (the President of Penguin Books for Young Readers), and Jodi Reamer, my agent. And a giant poster of MATCHED. These two people, along with (of course) my editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel, are the ones who have been behind MATCHED all the way and who have put their faith in this book and in me. It’s an incredible honor to work with them.

The line at BEA. Jodi, who took this picture, assures me that it is actually the line for MATCHED at BEA. I would think she were lying to me to support my delusions of grandeur, but Penguin has been so great at getting the word out about the book that I am tempted to believe Jodi. And then I remember the last signing I had a month or so ago, where I signed five books, and I doubt again. Authors. Why are we so insecure? 😉 (For the record, I never actually doubt Jodi. That would be stupid.)

A pile of beautiful, beautiful MATCHED ARCs. I found out at BEA that the model in the photo and the photographer are the same person. Her name is Samantha Aide and she is incredibly gorgeous and talented (obviously).

And the grand finale. A photo of the YA Buzz Panel. From left: Rebecca Maizel, Erin Bow, me, Sophie Jordan, and Kody Keplinger. This was a really, really fun panel and the moderator was fantastic. I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s books. These were all very lovely women with extraordinary imaginations and I felt very lucky to be in their company.

And so ends BEA, the Photo Essay. The writing in this photo essay was not nearly as good as my students’ was when they did this assignment. I’m going to blame it on the fact that I am trying to write a sequel and potty-train Boy 2 AT THE SAME TIME. What? That’s no excuse? How about the fact that I am also heading off to present at the WIFYR Workshop this afternoon and I can’t find my handouts? I can’t teach without handouts! They are my security blanket. I don’t know who stole them. Probably the same person that made me lose my camera after BEA.


Some very cool articles have popped up online in the last few days. There is this one from the LA Times and this one from Publishers Weekly. I am tremendously grateful to the reporters and reviewers for giving time and attention to MATCHED.

And speaking of the book…here is the playlist! Because it was taking me wayyy too long to make it fancy (I am incredibly bad at all things computery), it’s just a list. And you will notice that I have a tendency to really like folk music, or music that tells stories. Most of these songs I discovered partway through the writing of MATCHED and they reminded me of the story in some way.

The playlist is in chronological order. By this, I mean that the songs at the beginning of the playlist make me think of things that happen/feelings that are felt at the beginning of the book, the ones in the middle make me think of events/emotions in the middle, etc.

I hope you enjoy! And if you like any of the songs, PLEASE purchase them. We want the musicians to be compensated for their artistry!

1. Only The Young by Brandon Flowers
Love the line “Only the young can break away.”

2. The Story by Brandi Carlisle
This has been played a lot in various forms, but it’s such a great song and it’s perfect for Cassia, Ky, Xander…and Grandfather.

3. Extreme Ways by Moby
I always picture Cassia striding through the streets of the Society with this playing in the background.

4. Be Still My Heart by The Postal Service
A lovely upbeat song about that first flush of love.

5. This Love (Will Be Your Downfall) by Ellie Goulding
My cousin Lizzie is the one who helps me find a lot of my music, and she discovered this one. I prefer the non-live version.

6. Grapevine Fires by Death Cab for Cutie
A beautiful song about love and the end of the world.

7. Silver Lining by Rilo Kiley
Love the beat, the clock ticking, and the finding of a silver lining.

8. Kingdom Come by Coldplay
I can picture Ky singing this.

9. The Hill by Marketa Irglova
A gorgeous song…and it resonates on a lot of levels with the story.

10. Thick as Thieves by Dashboard Confessional
Or, as my husband refers to it, The Prisoner’s Dilemma Song.

11. Run by Collective Soul
An old favorite that I played a lot when I was stuck.

12. Till The Sun Turns Black by Ray LaMontagne
Does anyone have a more heartbreaking, beautiful voice than Ray La Montagne?

13. Someday You Will Be Loved by Death Cab for Cutie
I think of Xander when I listen to this song.

14. Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy
Bittersweet and beautiful!

15. Further On (Up the Road) by Bruce Springsteen
Perfect for the ending of MATCHED…a journey song. Big thanks to my dad for introducing me to Springsteen when I was four.

16. How Far We’ve Come by Matchbox Twenty
And we have to end with something apocalyptic but spunky.

I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think! And thank you very much for all the comments and congratulations. I appreciate them very much!


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