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Class of ‘98 by A.L. Player
ebook, 238 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Swoon Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: ecopy from Publisher
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.
Class of ’98 is a quick, fun read about two people that are unhappy with their lives by the time their ten year reunion rolls around. They somehow end up back in time- reliving their senior year. Class of ’98 is all about them getting a second chance. Jackie and Matt knew of each other in high school but they weren’t really close. Jackie had purple hair and was in the “alternative” crowd and Matt was a big time popular football jock.
As soon as I was reading about the high school reunion, I knew I was really going to enjoy this book. It was hilarious how accurate it seems. I haven’t had my ten year high school reunion yet because I graduated in 2006, but it is coming up in a few years (holy cow!) and already you can see the people getting married and having babies. It seemed like that was all everyone talked about at the reunion, and if people kept coming up to me telling me I haven’t changed at all I would have been even more agitated about it than Jackie was. A.L. Player did a great job of weaving humor into her writing. She made this book really fun to read.
When they first go back in time, Jackie seems to have thought through the implications a little more soundly than Matt had, but surprisingly at the very start it was Matt who wanted to work with Jackie and get them home ASAP. I would have thought it would have been more the other way around, but pretty quickly into their first week of being back in high school Matt seems to become complacent and they end up spending a lot of time in the past. I think once Matt saw that he had his 17 year old body and athletic abilities back he was glamoured into liking his “glory” days once again. I have no idea how he put up with his awful girlfriend the first time around though. She was enough of a witch to make me drop everything to get back to the future pronto!
Even though Jackie and Matt were very different people back in high school, this time around they saw a lot more of each other. It’s completely understandable, they really were the only other person they each had to talk to about what they knew what happening to them, but it was still cute nonetheless. You just can’t help but root for the two of them to get together. I really wanted both of them to be happy with their second chances. Class of ’98 doesn’t have tons of crazy twists and turns, and overall it is a fairly predictable read but I enjoyed that about it. It was kind of a feel good book. Once I started reading, that was what I expected from the story and that was what I got. Class of ’98 delivered on being a nice, fun read that made me happy and put a smile on my face.
A. 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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