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Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

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.
From the fun cover to the premise of the book, A Match Made in High School screams chick lit and high jinks. Unfortunately, it also runs the risk of being cliché.
The marriage education idea is one that I’ve always liked but have seen little of in YA novels as of late. The big issue with it, however, is that when used there’s pretty much a formulaic idea: girl + guy that girl can’t stand + marriage course = girl falls for guy and realizes how blind she was. This was my main concern with the book when I began reading. Luckily, Walker perfectly crafted the story to avoid many of the clichés that could have hindered the book. She took the basic idea and spun it to create something different, yet equally interesting.
The thing that stood out to me the most with this book was the relationship between Fiona and Todd. Their dynamic is one that is a constant source of hilarity. From the start the two are engaged in a prank war, never truly mean spirited, but always incredibly funny. The constant cycle of push and shove, insult and revenge, breathed life into the book and made it a great read.
In addition to their relationship, every one of the characters in the novel was extremely well written. They were all unique, quirky and hilarious. There was not one character that I disliked. Out of all of them, however, my favorite would have to be Fiona. With her sarcasm and flippant attitude she was the perfect lead for this novel. Her monologues were funny but heartwarming and her voice was absolutely perfect and realistic for a girl her age.
This brings me to my final point: the high school atmosphere that Walker created was wonderful. She found ways to thread in bits and pieces of teen life and language without making it overdone. When an author tries to make a modern teen voice using all of the slang and cursing, it can sometimes seem like they're trying too hard. Walker, however, sprinkles it in at just the right moments, enhancing Fiona’s voice and the characters of her fellow students.
A Match Made in High School does not disappoint. Full of pranks, witty banter and life lessons, this is a great choice for anyone looking for some fun teen chick lit.
4.5 Stars!
Source: From author

5 comments:

  1. I've heard a lot of great things about this book. can't wait to read it

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  2. I sold out of these at work in a 24 hour period! also the naughty list.

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  3. I'm reading this one right now and it's so good! :D

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  4. I love the cover, for one! :P
    It sounds really interesting, I'll put it on my to-read list :D

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