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A Match Made in High School

A Match Made in High School

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by Kristin Walker

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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


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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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
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)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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12 Years

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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A Match Made in High School 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!
Cheyenne_Catina More than 1 year ago
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
missy1029 More than 1 year ago
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!
BooksLoverForever More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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They need to make a 2nd bookbof these! now!
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Kid-Justice More than 1 year ago
HI-FREAKING-LARIOUS!!! This book is so freaking funny I nearly died laughing!!! I am supposed to go to bed by 12 but that's way to earlyfor me so I stay up reading and try to make my parents think I'm asleep so it was a bad choice to be reading this at 2 am! I woke everyone up I was laughing so hard!!! If you don't think the plot line sounds cool (even though it is) then you should just read it for the witty banter between Todd and Fiona!!! If you like this then I also recommend "Cindy Ella", "Something, Maybe" and "Top 8"
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Fiona couldn't believe her day. Starting her senior year, the school has all the seniors pretend their married in a program called Tying the Knot. What makes this worse, is who she's "married" to: Todd Harding, someone she can't stand. But that's not the worse part, Todd's girlfriend, Amanda is "married" to Fiona's crush, Gabe. Liked how Fiona and Todd interacted with one another. What I liked even more was how you think she'd end up with the obvious person but in the end well...not spoiling it but all I will say is you got to read the book to find out. A funny book that's well worth the read and one that I would read again.
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
"Fee's school decides that marriage education is what the graduating seniors need to prep them for the real-life situation. But Fee is unappreciative cause she'd prefer to partner Gabe, her longtime crush, but finds herself instead paired up with Todd, an icky guy whose brain is filled with mush. Her best friend Marcie's partnered with an odd big guy called Johnny--no one's happy, here. So parents go protesting that their kids should not be forced through marriage ed, but sheer adversity is good for for Fee, who kids around with Todd, meets Johnny, and gets tough-- perhaps, after all, marriage ed's not such bad stuff." I stayed up late to finish this one, because it just wouldn't let me go. The pacing is good, the characters (including minor characters!) are fleshed-out individuals, and there were several laugh-out-loud funny moments. I did have a few problems with the book, which lowered its grade in my estimation, but to discuss them, I'll have to go into spoiler territory. Spoilers lie beyond---- The couple I expected to get together, Todd and Fee, did not get together. Fee ends up with Johnny Mercer, who is sweet and cool, but who wasn't in the novel nearly enough for me to root for him. When I read a book with any romantic subtext, I try to figure out what the book wants me to want--in many cases, there's a love triangle and the reader can support whomever they like, but most often there's a specific outcome that we're supposed to want, and we get signals to prepare us. Todd was disgusting and malicious early on, and Fee was very harsh, but they actually seemed to be improving each other as time went on. They were the focus of so much of the story, their scenes were the funniest, their dialogue was the wittiest, they challenged each other more than anybody else...I saw no reason not to think that they were going to be The Couple. Also, the back cover on my ARC copy sets them up as the main love story, though the new back cover on the published copies leaves it more open-ended, so there's that to consider. I'm sure lots of readers will enjoy the change of pace from "what's expected" in romantic stories, because it's hard to see this outcome before it happens, but it just wasn't my favorite move. My other problem was with the conclusion the book draws about the marriage ed course. In the end, the school caves and says nobody has to finish the course, and Fee and Todd are among the first to say that it's a pointless exercise that has no bearing on their future lives. Perhaps not, but the fact is that Fee and Todd both benefited from having to work with each other, and they learned how to be more selfless and understanding all because they had to play at being married. It seems like the book is counteracting a point it already made very clearly, and I'm not sure what to do with that. Maybe the book's trying to say that classes like these would be a bad idea in the real world, which is likely true, but in the fictional world, it's proven to be an awesome character-building thing. End of Spoilers------- Aside from the caveats mentioned, I loved the book, and I'll be checking out Kristin Walker's future books, as she's got a flair for comedy and realistic interaction.
IrishLemonsickle More than 1 year ago
"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 have to say, my tolerance for storylines set in the high school environment has been getting a tad low as of late, but when I read several reviews about this particular book being "absolutely hilarious", I decided to take a risk and give it a try against my better judgment. Well! Let me tell you - this novel was definitely NOT a lapse in judgment! I enjoyed every sentence of this novel (Ok, so I could have done without the f-bombs and GD's along with the rest of the profanities, but STILL! Great book!). The dialogue was insanely witty, and I found myself literally laughing aloud every few pages. As for the plot and characters, I was pretty impressed. The author showed creativity, consistency, depth, and realism in both areas, and she was quite obviously well-researched in the modern-day realm of high school. The main character, Fiona, is likable, relatable, and bright, with a quirky personality, a fantastic sense of humor, and a tongue like an adder, which keeps the reader laughing. Her playful banter with almost every other character she encounters is what keeps the story from ever suffering a dull moment. However, I have two complaints: Number 1, was the amount of...inappropriateness? There were more innuendos than I can count, and just about every page had at least one curse word, some of them real doozies as I mentioned above. Fiona and her fake husband Todd don't get along, and they are constantly shooting crude & revolting comments back and forth; but, to be honest, a lot of the humor comes from their conversations. Number 2, was the half-way predictability of the plot. I won't lie and say I guessed the whole thing, but I did guess some of it. But really - that can totally be ignored, because anything the plot lacked was made up for by the excellent writing style (easy to follow, easy to read, fit in with the plot and the character narrating), coupled with the hysterical dialogue. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone of any mature age group who wants a quick read and a ton of laughs. I will undoubtedly be reading this one again and again and again! :)
YA-Addict More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I went in to A Match Made in High School expecting a hilarious story. I was a bit nervous that I wouldn't find it as funny as I have heard it was in other reviews. That thought quickly went out the window. I couldn't believe how funny it was! I can't remember the last time I have laughed that much while reading. And it was organically funny. You can tell Walker didn't have to try hard to be humorous. She just...is. That is not an easy trait to come by. Humor wasn't the only thing this book had. A Match Made in High School has a cast of realistic teenagers. Yes, you do have your cliches. The jock, the popular girl, ect. But Walker did a good job at showing there is more to people than what you first assume. That was a lesson the main character, Fiona, had to learn. I really liked Fiona. She is the type of girl who calls it as she sees it. She was such a smart ass and I loved that part of her. She would be the type of friend you would want to hang out with when you just need to laugh at your life. All the characters really grew and fleshed out by the end of the book. I honestly didn't want it to end there. I wanted to see more of them as their new and improved selves. The whole idea of a marriage education program in high school is such an interesting idea, and Walker nailed it. I definitely want to read more from here. While it is a bit predictable, A Match Made in High School is a hysterical and genuine teen story. This is a book I can see myself reading again, anytime I need a pick-me-up. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a lighthearted story that is fast-paced and fun. Oh, and laughing until your sides hurt. You can guarantee that!