22 February 2010

Review: A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL by Kristin Walker ****

When a mandatory course forces Fiona to “try the knot” with super-jock Todd Harding, she’s convinced life couldn't get any worse. Until her crush is paired with her arch enemy (otherwise known as Todd’s obscenely hot, slightly sadistic girlfriend). But that’s nothing compared to her best friend’s fate – a year with the very goofy, very big Johnny Mercer.
A series of hilarious pranks leave Fiona wondering: is there something her “best friend” hasn’t told her? Could there be more to Johnny Mercer than an awesome music collection? And most intriguing, could Todd Harding have a heart beneath his pretty-boy exterior?

Firstly, you may have noticed that I haven't used the standard cover picture this time (you can see that one here) and you might be wondering, "Wait, is that ... a cake?!" As a matter of fact, it is a cake indeed from the book launch thingy and I found this picture when I was browsing the author's blog and thought it would be fun to use - doesn't it look deliiiiiicious? Yummy, just looking at it makes me hungry, hehe!

Moving on to the actual book, which was simply adorable and hilarious! While reading it, I felt as if I was actually watching a Hollywood comedy (the book would make a great film), which means that I was often laughing out loud, but on the other hand I rolled my eyes at the cliches (even if they were twisted around a bit) and predictabilty and occassional cheesiness, but on the whole, I loved this book and it really cracked me up! :D

OK, so maybe I wasn't entirely convinced by the plot - the fake marriage course was an interesting idea and of course all the wrong people were paired up, which was hilarious, but I admit that Marcie's "secret" and Fiona's cheerleading and Johnny's role didn't really fly with me.
As far as characters go, Fiona the narrator (with the best names ever) was absolutely positively fantastic and luckily none of the characters annoyed me and they had dimension, some just weren't entirely believable - it's like they were trying to defy the stereotypes and but it didn't quite work. But like I said, no one annoyed me so that's good!

On the plus side, this book definitely stands out due to the hilarious narration. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments and the verbal fights between Princess Pisspants (aka Fiona) and Senor Shitslacks (aka Todd) were fantastic and oh so funny! They were like the perfect pair, who couldn't be more different and yet they have so much in common. I honestly loved their interactions!

The cover's great too and while the people on it may be completely random (they don't match the characters at all, but oh well), I like the fact that it's different and that it really stands out! It would definitely make me pick the book up in a bookshop!

Anyway, while I didn't completely adore the plot and some characters, I enjoyed this lovely book tremendously and I strongly recommend it, especially if you're looking for a light read or need some cheering up - this book is guaranteed to do the job! It sort of reminded me of Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway, which was also pure fun to read!

Lastly, I'd like to thank Jessica from Cover to Cover (who was in charge of PR) for contacting me about the book and to Kristin herself for sending me a copy! To find out more about the book, please visit the author's website, which is really well made and it even features a playlist for the book (yay for Creep by Radiohead).

overall rating:
plot: 3/5 | writing: 5/5 | characters: 4/5 | cover: 4/5

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Lenore said...

Yes! What a great cake!

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Oh, great review! I got a really good feel of the book from it - and I can tell that this is my kind of book. Thank you very much! (And - ooh - cake!)

✖Mizz Yasmin✖ said...

Great review.
It sounds really interesting!

By The Way, I'm hungry...
For that CAKE!

Shweta said...

Loved the review .. I think I will give this book a try..

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

FAB review! Adorable cake :)

Rogrady - Book Lover! said...

This book sounds brilliant!
The cake looks great [more like yum] too. Now I want to go eat!
No- but I really enjoyed reading this!
I love receiving free books! Even if they're only good for passing time, its nice!
I love the name of it too!
Ria x

Becky said...

This sounds like lots of fun. I hear that it has a lot of swearing otherwise I would get it for the school library. Maybe I should buy Audrey, Wait instead. What do you think? The girls keep asking for humourous narraters like Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson series. Any suggestions?

Sasha said...

This book sounds great and I agree that cakes looks simply delish! xlolx


Nice review! Mmm Cake :P

Lauren said...

Ooh, that cake looks so yummy. lol. :) Anyway, great review. I enjoyed this book a lot too.

robby (once upon a book blog/fourteen years) said...

I can't wait to read this book. :]

Rhiana said...

I've seen this book around a LOT. It sounds fun, and great review, I'm more tempted to read it now! Cake looks delish.

Sara said...

Oooh great review! I have to admit the cake looks pretty amazing! This looks like such a fun read, I'll definitely have to check it out :)

Lea said...

Awesome review! It sounds like such a fun, hilarious read!

Leah said...

Fab review. I can't wait to read this now! x

Miriam said...

Very detailed review, and that cake looks so tasty. I've been meaning to check out this book because it has a cool title... and thats all that hooked me at first. Now it seems there is more to love. Oh and by the way, I adore your layout XD It's so cute.

Meg said...

So glad you liked this one, too -- I thought it was great! Very funny and a quick read, even though I agree that some elements were a little unbelievable. Still, tons of fun! :)

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