Title: A Match Made in High School
Author: 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.
I read a couple good reviews before reading this, all praising the humor of this book, so I was excited to read it. The premise sounded funny, not to mention interesting, the perfect book to read when I was getting slightly sick of drama-filled paranormal books and the like. It was certainly funny, with plenty of stereotype-breaking characters, but there’s really just one reason that this book didn’t get a 4.5 stars or more – the protagonist, Fiona.
Is it wrong of me to dislike her because of her silly name? Granted, that’s not the real reason she annoyed me, but it certainly didn’t help things. Perhaps if she had had a nicer name, at least a more normal last one rather than one that sounded like a typo (I apologize if this happens to be your last name, but I have a weird one too, so I’m choosing to mock it anyway), I wouldn’t have found myself wanting to smack her so much. No, I’m pretty sure it was just her personality that irritated me. She is so full of herself, and pretty ignorant of what’s going on around her, even when it comes to her own best friend, who happens to be an amazing best friend who put up with a lot more crap from Fiona than I would. She’s also fairly crude at times, doing her best to compete with the ‘jerky jock’ she’s paired with for the contest. Whcih, by the way, I hadn’t realized was going to be the big issue that it was, with parents protesting it outside of school everyday and other such things (not that it made the book any less funny, I was just surprised, based on the synopsis).
Other than Fiona, though, I loved this book. There were plenty of laughs and there were certainly funny pranks. It was a great debut, and I can’t wait to read the next book by Walker (not a sequel), which sounds just as funny, and hopefully has a less-irritating protagonist.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars