A Match Made in High School [NOOK Book]

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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. ...
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Overview

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.



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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As a new requirement for graduation, the senior class of East Columbus High School must complete a yearlong “marriage education” course, in which randomly assigned couples undergo a mock wedding and are forced to spend time in shared activities outside school. Outspoken Fiona, a social outcast, is paired up with Todd, a “no-necked Neanderthal” and boyfriend to Fiona’s longtime nemesis, Amanda. Adding insult to injury, cheerleader Amanda’s new faux-husband is Fiona’s crush of nine years, Gabe. While the basic premise lacks some plausibility, the hard-won friendship between Fiona and Todd, which moves from mutual disgust to mutual respect, is the heart of the story (during their escalating prank war, Fiona pranks Todd by taping a pudding-and meat-filled diaper on him at a dance, only to see he’s impressed). As in the copy of Pride and Prejudice that Fiona reads, there are unexpected twists of romance throughout, and readers may be pleasantly surprised by how things turn out. Debut author Walker breathes fresh life into a familiar theme, with an entertaining journey for a sassy heroine with heart. Ages 12–up. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up–Fiona can be hard to get along with: she’s a little prickly, clueless, opinionated, and unrelenting. When a course on marriage, a requirement for graduation, forces her to “wed” Todd, a male cheerleader, she is flabbergasted. They are the worst match on the planet, and she just knows this will be torture. To make matters worse, her best friend announces that she is in love with Fiona’s lifelong crush, and that she finds Fiona too self-absorbed. Fiona is, of course, hurt, and left without a friend on whom she can rely. However, her senior year is also filled with hilarious situations. As she deals with her trials and tribulations, Fiona learns a great deal about herself and about how to interact with other people. While the book is laugh-out-loud funny in some places, it also gives readers time to pause and think about priorities, relationships, and making the most of trying situations.–Emily Garrett Cassady, North Garland High School, Garland, TX
Kirkus Reviews
"Trying the Knot" is the newest program at Fiona's school. For a year, each boy and girl in her senior class will be "married" and given a budget and marriage counseling. To Fiona's chagrin, she's matched with Todd, a total jerk. Fiona's best friend, Marcie, is paired with Johnny, whom Fiona doesn't know but finds she'd like to know better. Todd and Fiona's marriage begins with a series of verbal barbs and public pranks through which Todd comes to admire Fiona for her brains, and the platonic resolution follows believably. While Fiona and Marcie fight, they realize their friendship is stronger than boys or popularity. Walker keeps the focus tight on lovable, flawed Fiona, who relies on her wits and gains wisdom. The potential alienation of gay kids is acknowledged, but the author's focus is clearly on marriage as a partnership, and she hews to simplicity (and therefore heteronormativity) in making her point. Though the language is often salty, the action is mostly PG. This is an excellent balance of happily-ever-after romance, solid friendships and treatment of marriage as a serious commitment between two partners. (Fiction. YA)
Children's Literature - K. Meghan Robertson
This fictional story about a high school assignment taken to the extreme will have you laughing, and in some cases commiserating, with Fiona. When the principal and guidance counselor announced the mock-marriage course required for graduation, naturally some seniors hoped for a great match while others feared the worst. And for Fiona, she got just that: Todd Harding, the super-jock boyfriend of a cheerleader who had made it her point to humiliate Fiona since a mishap at a birthday party in elementary school. Meanwhile, Fiona's personal crush is matched with said cheerleader. The events that unfold among the Fiona-Todd duo and the other couples are comical in a realistic—okay, realistic for high school—way. Reading this book will likely bring humor but it also may bring you concern for what your school administrators may require for graduation! There is some innuendo and adult language as the characters team together to see where the allegiance lies in dealing with bullies and an unbearable senior project. Reviewer: K. Meghan Robertson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101574850
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/4/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 94,413
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 299 KB

Meet the Author

Kristin Walker has been writing for teens and children for several years. Her fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines such as Ladybug and Wee Ones, and her essays can be found in two Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She lives in a Chicago suburb with her husband and three sons. A Match Made in High School is her first novel.
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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    can this book please be put into nook form ?

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2010

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Many people have heard of the classes that require students to handle an egg or a sack of flour to practice good parenting skills. But a year-long mandatory Marriage Ed course? Not so much.

    Fiona is having the worst start to her senior year possible. And when the seniors are informed that the principal is initiating a mandatory Marriage Ed course to graduate, Fiona is shell-shocked. Well, if she can land her long-time crush, Gabe, as her "husband," it might not be so bad. But to top off the horrible start, she lands none other than Todd Harding, "the" biggest jerk of the school, at least as far as Fiona is concerned. And Gabe winds up with none other than Todd's cheerleader co-captain girlfriend, Amanda.

    Fiona and Todd are at odds throughout the course. Fiona picks babysitting as their "real life" job and in retaliation, Todd requires Fiona to participate in cheerleading. At least Fiona's best friend, Marcie, lands a nice guy for her partner, Johnny Mercer. And Johnny goes so far as to help Fiona in her pranks against Todd. But when Fiona goes too far, Marcie yells at her for being selfish, then gives her the cold shoulder.

    When Fiona's mom gets into crusade mode against the school and the Marriage Ed course, Fiona figures things can't get any worse. But life can take a surprising twist and Fiona is startled by various revelations.

    For a book that was originally due for release in May of 2009, I was a bit worried that there was a reason for the delay in publication. Thankfully, the worry in delay was unfounded. Though I don't know the reason for the postponement, it was well worth the wait. Ms. Walker has written an entertaining and creative look at high school. She brilliantly wove a story that made the reader cheer for the wrong people at the beginning and watch as the characters evolved throughout the course of the fall semester. Ms. Walker makes the reader want to hate Todd from the beginning, but the sparring between Todd and Fiona is feisty and amusing.

    I found myself chuckling throughout the story and rooting for the underdogs the whole way through. I'm just thankful that my high school didn't have a mandatory Marriage Ed class! I know I wouldn't have had quite the fun that Fiona and gang had!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    Hi-freakin-larious

    this was a great book. the dialogue was witty and sometimes cutting and sarcastic. the idea was awesome and the characters had me at page one. This is a great book, everyone should deff read it and i hope she writes more soon!!!
    awesome. cant say enoguh about it BOOK!, truly very good

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

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    Absolutely hilarious!!!

    I can honestly say that a book has never made me laugh so much in my life. I am pretty sure that when I was reading this book around people they probably thought I was losing it. This book was so fun and hilarious!

    Fiona is starting her senior year in high school. On the first day the seniors find out that, in order to graduate, they have to pass a marriage ed course. This course requires them to be paired up in couples decided by their principal. Unfortunately she ends up being paired with the school jock, Todd, that she can't stand and her crush gets paired up with her worst enemy Amanda, Todd's head cheerleader girlfriend. Todd does everything in his power to make a fool of her and she gives it right back to him. Thus hilarity ensues.

    Fiona is one of the best, most hilarious characters that I have ever come across. Nothing is off limits for her. She says what's on her mind and she doesn't take crap from anyone. She was always quick with a snappy comeback. If I could quote on her funny lines in the book, I would end up quoting just about every single thing she said.

    What's crazy is this was Kristin Walker's first novel. I could not believe it when I found out. It was so cute and clever! If I didn't have to work I am pretty sure that I would have completed this in one sitting. I didn't want to stop! I wanted to stay wrapped up in this adorably hilarious story. If you are looking for a fun, quick, hilarious read then this is definitely the book for you! I got my copy from the library, but I will definitely be running out to buy my own. This is a book I could read over and over again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

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    Absolutely Loved this book!

    A Match Made in High School has got to be one of the most entertainig and humerous books i have ever read. While reading this book i seriously laughed out loud. Every page is filled with witty and hilarious humor. I would reccomend this book to anyone needing to be cheered up or needing a laugh.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 5, 2014

    Alexa

    Hi..um I love just talking when ever someone wants to. U should defintly chat me back by just putting the title as reply. Thanks and cant wait to talk. Dont worry Im just a 13 year old girl, I actually want to talk o people around m age thanks. MUAH......!~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Must Read!

    This was such a good book, I could not put down. It was a snow day, I didnt have school, I was sick, and I finished this book in one sitting. This book will make you laugh out loud at some points. I love the characters, mosy people can really relate to them. Its must read!

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    Hi, my name is KIANDRA WOODS my email is up there. Wanna chat, just add me. ;-*)

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    Posted January 24, 2014

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    Walks in looking for chance

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    Posted January 23, 2014

    Rick

    Hi kiki

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    Posted January 20, 2014

    Jade

    *walks in* I wanna tryout

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    Posted January 19, 2014

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    Posted January 20, 2014

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    Hello i smile

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    Posted January 23, 2014

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    Posted January 22, 2014

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    I know text cassie i need to talk to her

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    Posted July 4, 2013

    Wyatt

    I think about Dove then i get the work

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    A+ material

    I absolitely loved this book. There was not a dull moment, and I just couldnt stop reading it! I loved all the characters and it is very well written :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Omg

    They need to make a 2nd bookbof these! now!

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