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November 4, 2013

Teen Board: Veronica Roth’s ALLEGIANT Book Tour

By Kate F.

This weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Chicago to see Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent trilogy, live at the Tivoli Theatre. The event was hosted by Anderson’s bookshop, which is a family-run bookstore in Naperville, IL. The Q&A portion of the event was recorded live by Epic Reads, and is currently up on their YouTube if you’d like to see it. However, I thought I’d give you my own breakdown of events.

First thing we did was wait. My sisters and I decided that we wanted really good, really close seats for the Q&A. Therefore, we decided to get to the theatre at 11:30am. The event didn’t start until 2pm, and the doors were opened at 1pm. Luckily for me, I brought two coats, a pair of gloves and a blanket. Unfortunately for my sisters, they didn’t bring anything of the sort. Needless to say, I ended up sharing my blanket…for part of the time at least. Veronica Roth arrived at the theatre around 12-ish. She arrived in a big black suburban with a driver and tinted windows. It was pretty neat to see. The excitement died down a little after she arrived and we were back to waiting. Closer to 1pm, Anderson’s passed out our tickets. On the right is a picture of yours truly with my ticket. Notice the number (720!!!). That is my number in the huge ginormous signing line!  Finally the doors opened and that’s where chaos ensued. Just picture it: 1,000 fangirls and fanboys frantically trying to get the best seats possible to see Veronica Roth. Amazingly, we got seats together in the FOURTH ROW! We had a great view for the entire show and arriving so early really paid off!

After we got into the theatre the lovely people at Anderson’s Bookshop were passing out ALLEGIANT posters, pins, booklets and stickers. Needless to say it got slightly crazy once more. The mad rush for the posters was quite terrifying. Additionally, Margot Wood from Epic Reads, who was the one who interviewed Veronica, was walking around at the back of the theatre. I personally am a huge fan of Epic Read’s Tea Time and got to get a picture with her! She is so funny and cool and amazing!

At last 2pm came and a lady from Anderson’s introduced Veronica. Veronica and Margot were hilarious and all the questions Veronica answered are currently up on Epic Read’s YouTube channel if you’d like to see them. After the Q&A, Veronica and her brother Karl had a surprise for us. Karl had written a song inspired by the Divergent trilogy and Tris, and Karl and Veronica sang it to us! The song was amazing, and both of them are great singers!

After the Q&A came the signing! I was number 720 in line, which meant I had about a two hour wait. They called people out in groups of 50 to get their book signed and inside the theatre they had Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban playing. As fate would have it, just as the movie ended, my group was called. Veronica was very nice despite having already signed over 700 books, and I still can’t believe I actually got to meet her! Up above there’s a picture of Veronica signing ALLEGIANT.

Over all, it was an amazing experience in general. I’ve been a huge Divergent fan since the first book came out and was beyond ecstatic to be able to go see Veronica on her tour for the last book in the trilogy.