Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Review: A Match Made in High School

GoodReads Description: 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: When I picked up this book at Border's the other day, I read the back and scoffed.

That's right, people. I scoffed. Rolled my eyes, even.

A required marriage course in order to graduate high school? That would never happen. However, I'd read several glowing reviews on the hilarity factor of AMMIHS, so I picked it up. I am so glad that I did. Fiona's voice is hilarious. I promise you that the novel actually contained the phrase "he reached over and honked her boob." LOLs aplenty! I enjoyed how carefree Fiona "Fee" was about her nerd/weirdo status. Fiona is who I wish I could've been in high school. I was awkward and gangly and average looking, but I was entirely insecure about it. Fiona didn't care, and had a smart azz mouth to boot. Quips flew about like spitballs and I had to come up with an excuse as to why I was laughing out loud in my cubicle at work.

"Match" introduced a line of stereotypical, yet colorful, characters.

Todd Harding, Fee's fake-husband, with whom she develops a precarious balance between friendly affection and utter hatred. He's a bull-headed jock, but could there be some semblance of a heart underlying those ripped pecs and gargantuan ego?! Read and find out :D I loved the dynamic of the pseudo-friendship between Todd and Fiona. Their constant banter had me giggling like a freak in public. It's not often a book can make me lulz. Usually I'll smile coyly to myself, but this laughter was audible.

I seriously loved the whole cast of characters. Johnny Mercer being among my favorites as the quiet, yet endearing, friend. One of them, who shall remain nameless, did provoke some serious temporary hate from me for pulling the stunt they did. I knew it was coming from 100 pages away, but I was hoping I was wrong. I would've handled this situation much differently than Fee (read: a much-deserved throat punch) but that's just me. I also thought Fiona's mom and what she did was a bit hokey, but that's totally overlookable in the big picture.

Kristin Walker is a fabulously addictive writer. I could not stop reading this book. Her writing flowed very well and I'd like to hang out with her sometime. I think we would probably be rolling on the floor with coffee coming out our noses, because we have extremely similar senses of humor. I love how she acknowledged Fiona's flaws and her struggle to rise above her drawbacks. There was serious, SERIOUS character development in this book. I wasn't expecting it from such a light, humorous story, so I was pleasantly surprised.

I will most DEFINITELY be reading anything Walker puts out in the future. I'm thoroughly impressed.

Rating: 4/5

Series: Not that I could find.
Source: I purchased this book.
Published: Razorbill, 277 pages (February 4, 2010)

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  1. I think I would have had your same reaction if I read the synopsis! But it definitely sounds like a fun book to read - I may just have to give it a try :) Thanks for the great review!

  2. This isn't a book I would normally buy, but after your awesome review I might grab it when I want to read something humorous =)

  3. Thanks, T and Lindsi! It really is an incredibly cute, feel-good book. I highly recommend it :)

  4. Want, want and did I mention want!! I don't think it is out where I live, amazon here I come, well when i can afford a spending spree on amazon, ahh happy times. Anyway, great review!!

    Jess :)