Thursday, February 11, 2010
A Match Made In High School
Synopsis: 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.
When I first heard about this book, I didn't know how to feel. Then I kept hearing about how funny it was and thought I'd give it a go. I'm so glad I did because this book is freakin' hilarious. Excuse my poor grammar, but it is!
Fiona and Todd's "relationship/marriage" is based on jokes and pranks. They go out of their way to tease each other or get under the other's skin. The weird thing is, the more they make fun of each other, the more their relationship developes. And the more their relationship developes, the funnier the jokes get. I originally wanted to quote one of the scenes, but I also don't want to ruin anything for someone else. Lets just say the quote I thought about including involves an elephant soap carving named Bobo.
The book also deals with real life issues that teens face in high school. There's Marcie, Fiona's best friend who has been keeping a crucial secret from her. There's Johnny, Marcie's "husband" who may be more than meets the eye. There's Gabe, Fiona's crush, and finally, there's Amanda, Fiona's arch nemesis/Todd's girlfriend/Gabe's "wife." For any of you who have ever felt like an outsider, it'll be very easy to relate to the very sarcastic, very funny Fiona.
I recommend this to those of you looking for an easy, hilarious weekend read.