Monday, October 31, 2011
A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
Good Reads Summary
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.
A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL is a pick me up. It’s ideal for another moment of me finding myself bored with the current crop of YA couples and their “Oh, I love you so’s,” because the two here are most definitely not in love each other. Rather, there’s an intense dislike that causes a series of pretty juvenile exchanges. Juvenile, but hilarious; it was the hilarity that ensued that made A MATCH simple mindless fun. Once again, I find myself experiencing that happy/goofy feeling that I get after reading light fluff (a la So Over You or Fat Cat.)
It starts off very high school musical of the mildly geeky girl with a best friend (who’d metamorphosed into hot) drooling over Mr. Perfect. Yes, this has been done to death already. The hook is the school’s brand spanking new pet project of having the seniors fake through a marriage. The pair ups are obvious of Fiona with her mortal enemy; said mortal enemy’s GF with the boy Fiona’d been drooling over; and Fiona’s BFF with the nice guy. Thus, the resulting exchanges between them were funny, even brushing the line of offensive (and sometimes crossing the same at times.)
The good thing? She gave as good as he did.
The better? Theirs was still no love connection, RATHER an eventual acceptance of what the other was.
Let’s face it: she is what they call her out to be: insensitive and judgmental but also out there and unafraid to say what crossed her mind. As to Todd, he too was precisely what she said he was: obnoxious, a douche and full of himself, but also helpful and kind when need be. BUT their INTERACTION, their BANTER was the best thing in it.
And gosh by golly, while I do appreciate Todd not being the love her life, I love, love, love that he was the source of her aggravation. Mainly because everything else was pretty standard: the real love while cute and sweet was rather obvious. So other than my going “Aaw, shucks” for them near the end; frankly, there’s really not that much to figure out about him. Or Fee’s issues with her BFF’s (or should that be the other way around?) these too were pretty standard and obvious miles away. SO, despite Todd and Fee’s crossing the line sometimes, it was the way they were together on a page that had me laughing (a lot.)
It be fluff-filled, but I be happy.