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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.

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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"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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When the principal of her high school announces that every senior must participate in a year-long marriage education program, Fiona learns some unexpected lessons about people, friendship, crushes, and cheerleading.

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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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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, November 10, 2010 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Fiona Sheehan thinks there could be nothing worse than having to go through a mock marriage for a mandatory class in her senior year. Then she finds out her “spouse” is Todd Harding, a crude jock who is in permanent lip-lock with Fiona’s old enemy Amanda Lowell.

Things get even worse when Todd decides to prank Fiona in front of the whole school. They would happily spend their entire marriage trying to outdo each other in getting revenge, but if they want to graduate, they must pass the class.

A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker is funny and smart from the opening lines. Fiona is witty and ready with one-liners for almost every situation. She’s also not afraid to say exactly what she’s thinking. This gets her in trouble on more than one occasion, but she’s determined not to let Todd get the best of her.

The concept of a mock marriage should be interesting to discuss for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 14 and up. The students have to earn money and pool it into a common pot. They have to decide on a budget and whether or not they can afford luxuries. And they have to participate in each others activities.

Fiona learns a lot about making assumptions about people she knows, and she learns to see the people around her differently when she’s forced to interact with them. Be aware that Fiona does have a foul mouth, so if you want to avoid profanity, this won’t be a good choice. Otherwise, it’s a fun book to read and a great one to discuss. I highly recommend it.
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ISBN:
9781595142573
Author:
Walker, Kristin
Publisher:
Razorbill
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Situations / Dating & Sex
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Dating and Sex
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
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Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.38x5.46x.77 in. .57 lbs.
Age Level:
12-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , When the principal of her high school announces that every senior must participate in a year-long marriage education program, Fiona learns some unexpected lessons about people, friendship, crushes, and cheerleading.
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