Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review: A Match Made In High School

A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

Age Group: Young Adult
Published: February 4, 2010 by Razorbill
Format: Paperback, 278 pgs*
Source: Gift


When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can't get any worse. Then she marries her “husband”: jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona's long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer.

Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.

My Thoughts:

This is yet another book I picked up in New York (a year ago), and as such it is an ARC (*I lied. It's not an ARC. It was just very new when I got it haha.). Woot. Now, aside from the situation that brings all of this about (a marriage for seniors) seeming fairly improbable, Kristin Walker delivers a fun, dramatic read that's perfect for fans of GLEE or anyone that reads.

The cover screams teen drama, and that's precisely what you get. Jerks, jocks, cheerleaders, rockers, love, betrayal, pranks . . . this book has them all. And there are parents. Real ones. Ones that get involved and actually have a role in the book. Oh, and real characters. Johnny Mercer isn't your hot jock or even the mildly attractive sidekick. He's just your average Joe, and Fiona's not exactly gorgeous either. 

My biggest critiques are in the marriage class that seems incredibly unlikely (although incredibly hilarious) and in Fiona's best friend Marcie, whose actions don't always come across as being true to her character. Obviously I got over the interesting plot easily, as I enjoyed the book, but Marcie was a little harder to overcome; her unbelievable words and actions felt jarring to me on more than one occasion.

All in all this was a fresh, spunky read that I enjoyed. Props to Walker for creating a great YA novel for real young adults.

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