By Angela Maria Hart
A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker is a really quick read. In all honesty, it is probably a lesser known book not garnering a huge amount of traction online, but it is something that is a fun read for young adult fans. A Match Made in High School has moments that make you want to laugh out loud and moments where you cringe because of the main character’s actions. (She can be “aggressive” and says whatever comes into her mind.)
What is particularly interesting about this book (to me at least) is the fact that while most stories feel contrived only having a few characters that interact here and there, these characters have a reason to interact being due to their pairing for a marriage ceremony. At the request of their high school, students are paired randomly forcing the characters to engage in conversations. Students who do not normally speak to one another are forced to interact because their grade depends on it in this story. The marriage project offers the characters to act and speak in manners that would otherwise feel very awkward.
While I do have lingering questions about the marriage project and the certain requirements that the students had to adhere to. (Tangent Moment) For instance, the fact that the students are supposed to do jobs on their own time and give the money to the school for a collective marriage project pool, bothered me. If someone works on their own time (not during school hours), then it is their money. From the student’s perspective, I also thought it would be annoying to spend so much time on this particular project, meet with the guidance counselor regularly, work each weekend, do a shared activity with your partner regularly, and keep a running log of everything. I wondered why no one vocalized their frustration with this. I certainly would have.
In the end, it was an interesting story because it is always fun when the outsider is paired with a popular student or the stereotypical nerd ends up with the head cheerleader. The story is reminiscent of young adult literature in the sense that stereotypes are being called into question and, just because somebody is the head cheerleader, does not mean they are a bad person.
Being able to give characters dimensions proves Walker had a lot on her plate when she undertook this project. If someone is interested in YA, then this book should probably make it onto their to-read list.