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 other’s 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.