Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

Release Date: February 2010
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 288

When a mandatory course forces Fiona to “try the knot” with super-jock Todd Harding, she’s convinced life could not possibly get any worse. Until moments later, when her long-time crush is paired with her arch-enemy (otherwise known as Todd’s obscenely hot, slightly sadistic girlfriend). But that’s nothing compared to her best friend’s fate – a year with the very shy, very goofy, very big Johnny Mercer.

A series of hilarious pranks and misunderstandings leave Fiona wondering: is there something her supposed “best friend” hasn’t told her? Could there be more to Johnny Mercer than a deep voice and an awesome music collection? And perhaps most intriguing of all, is it possible that Todd Harding could actually have a heart – and a brain – beneath his pretty-boy exterior?

Who knows what might happen once you begin a match made in high school…

The first thing I noticed about this book was that it was easy to read, and moved at a fast pace. Before I knew it, I was half way through the book enjoying every word. A Match Made in High School is an easily likable book, it'll make you laugh numerous times and keep you interested until the end.

Fiona, the main character, has a huge crush on Gabe. She's liked him since they were little and he showed her an act of kindness, but what she doesn't seem to realize is that people change. The book begins with Fiona getting up for her first day of her senior year. Everything starts on a bad note, until of course, she crosses paths with Gabe and vows to touch him at least once this year. But that doesn't go too well, because the school day starts with an assembly, and during that assembly, she learns that in order to pass every senior must be married to another during the whole year. Fiona is paired with Todd Harding, a stuck-up popular boy, while Gabe is paired with Todd's girlfriend, Amanda, who just so happens to be a cheerleader.

Along with that, while Fiona is trying to survive her senior year, her best friend, Marcie, is changing back and forth before her eyes. Plus, Johnny, the guy her best friend is "married" to is starting to have eyes for her. Man, there were so many juicy things in this book! I couldn't help but adore it! But while the book was enjoyable, there were some downfalls. First off, I was completely confused by Fiona and Todd's relationship. They never really seemed to like each other, but it was hinted that they did, which was odd. Another thing was that Fiona didn't have romantic feelings toward Johnny until the end and she changed her mind so quickly that it wasn't believable.

So many amusing things went on in this novel. The witty banter, and war of pranks between Fiona and Todd were hilarious. While the novel was initially light-hearted, deeper occurrences went on and tugged at my heart repeatedly. A Match Made in Heaven was a cute novel, and many teens will love it.



Holly said...

I was surprised you only gave this two stars but your review completely explains this. I'm going to go ahead and request this book anyway and hope I still enjoy it.

Stephanie said...

I appreciate your honest review. it sounds like it might be a nice light, fluffy read for teens.

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