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If you are struggling to find a copy of Matched by Ally Condie to read while you are away from school over the summer, there are several options. First, you can buy a copy of the book over the internet; prices range from approximately $4 for used copies to $7 for new paperback copies. Even better, your local public library will loan the book to you for free. If they do not own a copy, they can obtain one for you via interlibrary loan.
As you read through the book and think about your essay, you should already have a plan in mind. An essay about the book should not just be a summary but should look at one of the major themes or arguments of the book, and you should take notes or mark relevant quotations as you read. For example, Cassia thinks there are two types of love, one being loving someone as a friend and the other being romantic. Could you analyze how this bifurcation affects the plot of the story? Do you think that this is overly simplistic?
Another possible essay topic would be looking at the nature of justice in the book, and whether the needs and freedoms of individuals should be subordinated to the common good. The narrative trajectory of the book is designed as a celebration of individualism -- the characters such as Ky, Cassia, and Cassia's mother are all punished unjustly. Do you think this is valid or is it a form of special pleading? Are there counterexamples that show individualism as bad?
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