Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review: Class of '98 by A.L Player (Book Tour)

Class of '98
Summary from Goodreads:
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

My Review

I complete eat up romantic comedies and love doing so. Whether book or movie, those (somewhat) guilty pleasures hold a special place within my heart. Class of '98 was everything I hoped for and more. Cute, funny and - yes - romantic, I tore through the pages in one sitting  and enjoyed every minute of it.

First off, the plot is wonderful. Realistic fiction incorporating either time travel or mutual mind tripping? Um, yes, please. The pacing of the novel worked well with the plot, as I didn't seem to encounter any slow moments when reading. For a lighthearted read, some of the scenes got a bit intense, or at least had me leaning forward a bit, eager to quickly read on, which is refreshing.

In addition, who can resist even a possible coupling between a teenage outcast and a popular jock? I definitely can't. The romance of Class of '98 was very sweet. Matt sure had some heart-warming lines that make readers fall to their knees and furiously wonder why characters like these are solely fictional.

Although sometimes I wanted to yell at the characters a little bit, or slap some sense into them (maybe the points I thought of were not so much sensible as I just wanted them to happen), A.L. Player's use of romantic suspense and tension worked beautiful. A bit frustrating, yes, but that's part of the reason why I finished Class of '98 so quickly - it's addiction.

This is a call to romantics - whether proudly displaying your sweet and steamy books top shelf or still a closet fan - be sure to read Class of '98. It will have you laughing, swooning, and begging for more.

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