Friday, August 20, 2010

ARC Tour & Review: 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.

There have not been many books that have made me laugh out loud, but this accomplished that on several different occasions.  Sure books have made me smile and even been funny, but not usually enough to have me embarrassing myself in public when I bust out laughing and no one knows why exactly.  Kristin Walker just knows how to write so that it hits your funny bone.

This is not a gushing romance novel.  I would equate it to having a chick flick's amount of wooing, and a realistic amount of idiotic mistakes being made by the characters themselves in the process of seeking said romance.  It was fabulous to read and highly entertaining to see how it unfolded.  It was good fun from start to finish and a super quick read at that.  I think it would be the perfect book for a rainy afternoon, I had it finished in one sitting without a problem.

The idea that a high school would make a marriage education class a graduation requirement for seniors was a little bit of a stretch in my opinion but I couldn't have cared less because it was just too much fun to watch them all squirm.  I know that's a terrible thing to say, but it's just fiction right?

Following along as Fiona gets paired with the popular jock Todd, her best friend Marcie is paired with the quiet loner Johnnie, and Todd's cheerleader girlfriend gets matched up with Fiona's crush Gabe, it was just pure comedy.  All mixed up but with no choice but to participate and slug it out, these seniors have their work cut out for them, not to mention their holding onto their sanity.  I loved it all and I'm positive so will any other reader and fan of YA literature.

I gave A Match Made In High School 4 shamrocks(without a doubt)!!!!

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