RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Review: Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays: Class of '98 by A.L. Player **Giveaway** #ReadSwoonRepeat
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Class of '98 by A.L. Player.
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Jackie Dunn and Matt Stewart barely knew each other in high school, back when she was a blue-haired alterna-kid and he was a preppy jock. High school rules dictated they'd never hang out, or sit at the same lunch table, or God forbid, date.
But when a weird storm transports them from their ten-year reunion back to senior year, they have to work together to figure out a way to get back to 2008.
Stuck in high school, Jackie and Matt agree to tough it out. They agree to do everything exactly as they remember, even though that means staying with the boyfriend Jackie knows will betray her, or playing nice with the girl that will someday be Matt’s ex-wife. Soon, they come to rely on one other, even become friends.
Jackie’s just starting to get used to curfews and term papers again, when Matt hits her with the biggest surprise of all: he’s fallen in love with her. He’ll change the past however he has to if it means a future with Jackie. But Jackie’s terrified they’ll not only alter their lives, but the lives of everyone around them.
Back to the Future meets She's All That, Class of '98 is a young adult/adult crossover that will appeal to teens and adults.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Too funny and such a blast...of lighting,
I cannot stress how awesome and cool it was to have come across this book! So worth it! Has the Back To The Future and She's All That vibe down pat! Also the reverse of 13 Going On 30, which was the first thing that popped into my head. And now as I'm typing, a little bit of Project Almanac.
I don't really know what to say about this book. I hate being repetitive when giving compliments, and all I can think of are plain jane words that cannot describe this story because they would not be up to par with how great this book is or how invested I was with the characters and such. Every moment was a great moment.
The story follows Jackie leaving from work depressed and getting ready to pack things up and attend her high school ten-year reunion. She is reunited with some of her closest friends, ex-bestfriends, and other people like Matt, who belonged to a whole different clique way back then. They got to talking about what-ifs, going back, and second-chances, and then lightning struck. They are warped back into their senior year of high school. Go figure.
The main characters were very well detailed and worked extremely well together. They were super hilarious and very fun to read about. Jackie seemed very radiant and extroverted back in high school, even the second time around she still had enough spunk and enough to go around when Matt's high school girlfriend wanted to pick on her. However, when it came down to hanging around Matt, she became very insecure and a bit of a recluse in general, whether or not it started off as just to not create a ripple effect going back in time and changing the future or her feelings for Matt were no longer platonic. She was very adamant on that, or just stubborn according to Matt. I didn't like how Shane hardly made an appearance, but he was mentioned here and there throughout the story. I felt that because Jackie was having a hard time being back in high school and already knowing everything that was going to happen, she would have made more of an effort to to keep things exacty the same, but Matt didn't exactly make things easier for the both of them.
Matt was just a very good guy. I loved how cool he was, and not because he was a jock (I most likely have the same mentality on the subject of jocks as Shane does back in high school). He was so cute with his eagerness when wanting to spend time with Jackie as well as his confidence when defending her. That door slam was perfect. Que the crickets.
In the end, I was very satisfied with how things wonderfully turned out. I mean, it was for the better in some ways more than not. Okay, everything turned out better in my opinion, I just don't want to be biased.
Reading this made me think about what I would do if I went back in time to my senior year. I probably would have tried harder with my studies and scholarships. If only, right?
Overall, I had a very enjoyable eperience reading this book and encourageed others to grab hold of this book and don't let go. This story was literally too good. Too good to pass up.
L. Player teaches middle and high school English in Atlanta, GA. She lives with her guitar-playing, English-teaching husband and their three crazy rescue dogs. Her last name gets about the reaction you'd expect.
CLASS OF '98 is A.L.'s first novel.
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