Its been a while since I’ve had a book that has pulled me in and kept like this book. I started it this weekend and finished it today during my day off. It was great! As I read books of this genre I’m reminded how very lucky I am to live in the United States and to be free. I’m further reminded that societies like these could exist in the future, have existed in the past, and do to some extent exist today. This book is a good reminder to where we could go as a country, as a world.
Matched by Ally Condle
Matched tells the story of Cassia living in a world heavily controlled by Society. So much so, that Society decides what you will eat, when you will eat, your job, who you will marry, when you will have kids, when you will die….You get the picture. Cassia has two large events happening that will forever impact her; her matching ceremony and her her grandfather’s last banquet or death. Cassia matching ceremony is the same day as her best friend Xander. And to everyone’s surprise, she is matched with Xander. One glitch, when she views his information provided by Society, another boys face appears. Ky, a boy with a secretive past, is also on her card. This error has Cassia questioning everything.
This book is very well-written and pulls you into the story almost immediately. As you read you learn more about society and its direct control over its citizen’s lives. This book does a great job exploring a modern-day/futuristic Socialistic society. It helps bring insight into a type of government we tend to overlook or not think much about. Since this is a young adult book, it does a great job demonstrating the negative effects on such governmental rule.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a read until I’m finished, don’t put down book.
I give this book a 5 out 5 bookends.
Have you read anything recently? I’d love to hear what you’re reading. Have you read this book? Any thoughts on it?
My two year-old son came home with homework last weekend. Yup, a two year-old with home work from daycare. Seem weird to you? It was weird for me too. However, I was grateful for it as it gave us a craft to do. The homework was quite simple, a stocking drawn on a white piece of paper. The directions to decorate the stocking. Seeing the assignment it reminded me when I was in elementary school and we made the red construction paper stockings with the cotton puffs on the top. We used glitter to decorate the stocking part and cotton puffs along the top.
So my daughter could also participate, my husband drew her a stocking. I’d purchased what I’d thought was plain glitter which turned out to be glitter glue. This made it much easier for the kids and gave them more control over the actual decorating. Unfortunately, it took a bit of my control away. I’d planned on marking out the design with glue and then letting the kiddos put the glitter on. The result was clumps of glitter in spots and some areas with absolutely nothing. They had a blast and I loved the end project.
Since completing this, I plan on doing many more glue/glitter art projects in the future!
A few pictures
First step: glue on the puff balls
Second Step: Add Glitter
Go, Kids, Go!
We went to see the movie Wreck it Ralph last weekend. It was super cute! The kids loved it. If you’re a gamer and/or if you played as a kid, there are a ton of references that you’d love! It was amazing the amount they must have paid to get rights to put in some of the old school characters. Just awesome.
Down falls to the movie: a lot of toilet humor. My daughter loved it because that’s whats funny to her. In her mind there is nothing funnier then to call someone a diaper head. Throw dirty in there and you’re a riot. So, in the sense she was very entertained, the humor was just right. However, as a mom trying to get her 4 year-old to stop talking about diapers, yeah. It was a bit much. The only other negative I’d say about the movie is the end there was a clown/spider thingy that was scary for me. I felt my daughter who was on my lap tense up, it obviously scared her a bit too. I don’t get why they have to ruin a perfectly good kids movie by throwing in scary stuff. UGH! Anyways, after he was down for the count, she was fine and it didn’t cause any nightmares. So I guess it must not have been too traumatic.
Beside the overall enjoyment from the gaming references, cute little girl, and family time, the biggest bonus of the movie was my husband’s creativity leading to the kids have diaper (I bit ironic….) box go-carts. They were really excited to get them until they realized they didn’t actual move. Yeah, that was disappointing for them. But then they conned their dad into pushing them around in them. Fun in a box! If time allows this weekend I’m going to see if they want to decorate them. I have some construction paper. Hopefully there will be enough to cover both cars. If we do it, I’ll post a f/u blog entry with updated pictures.
Go, Kids, GO!