Title: A Match Made in High School
Author: Kristin Walker
Published: February 4th 2010 by Razorbill

Frankly, Marriage Ed? Not gonna happen. Ever. I think there are far more pressing issues educators must tackle first before snooping around on marriage statistics.

But I kinda liked it, so I’m putting aside that fact. Besides, the real reason I wanted to read this was because of that. Forcing senior students to a ‘marriage’ class? What a ridiculous but interesting idea. I guess those are the two words perfectly describe this book—ridiculous in a sense, but interestingly entertaining as a whole.

I liked Fiona, she’s a smart-mouth, tough chick. She doesn’t care what people say about her (a bit too much actually). I really liked her attitude, I mean, I had enough of female narrator whining about their miserable status in the high school food chain (they’re ALWAYS not the popular chick). In a way, she actually embraced it, flaws and all. I was really curious when she got Todd—the most popular guy in school (duh!) as her pretend-husband. Which is another surprise, I like Todd. He was like the male equivalent of Fiona. I liked reading their funny, completely over-the-top banterings. Their really offensive yet funny pranks to each other. As they say, there’s a fine line between love and hate. So I really thought they’ll end up together. I liked their chemistry, they’re like two opposing chemicals ready to explode any minute. Yet, completely in sync. Definitely—hands down, their dynamic what made this book very enjoyable. Especially the time when they’re squabbling in front of their guidance counselor. BUT, too bad they didn’t end up together. They’re just friends in the end, nothing more… nothing less. Or you could say their frenemies. Bluntly, I feel kinda sad that it wasted such a great potential pairing. It might be predictable, yes, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if they end up together.

Like most readers, I didn’t like her best friend, Mar. She’s too bland, boring side character. Which was kinda pissed me off since that’s her only role in the book and it was a little off. I like Johnny too, don’t get me wrong, but there’s not much in their relationship (with Fiona) to make it more believable. I’m not that dense not to see those little clues, I know he liked her. But those weren’t enough. Plus, I got this hunch, particularly the way things working on Fionna and Todd that they may not be a couple in the end (which is now a FACT! Regretfully speaking). Yes, it did made the ending a bit unexpected but definitely a little weak.

That aside it was, I’ve said before, really fun. I remembered when I saw this in the bookstore and my other sister begged my younger sister to buy the book. Like rubbing-the-book-in-front-of-her beg. But she didn’t choose this book and instead she picked Beautiful Creatures. I guess she didn’t regret her decision. But I did, because the book she chose is still in the shelf collecting dust. But that’s another story altogether. 😉