Class of '98
by A.L. Player
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.
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I finished this book in two days. I could not put it down, but I had other stuff to do, so I kind of had to. But that means nothing. I really enjoyed this book. I have a thing for sci-fi, especially of the time traveling sort. Being thrown back into the 90's? That was really amazing. I recently read The Future of Us which took place at about the same time, so I had a feel for it. I didn't grow up in the 90's or anything, but I really wish I did. There was a comment in this book that they had the best music. I must say, I love 90's bands. Pearl Jam. Nirvana. Counting Crows. There was a scene where "Mr. Jones" was playing and they were singing along. I flipped.
I cannot help it.
Jackie pissed me off. I genuinely like her overall. I totally get where she's coming from. But STILL. She does not need to be so mean, especially to Matt. Who is amazing. Now, he is NOT perfect either. Cute, sweet, whatever, yes. But perfect? Nah. He annoyed me at times, too. It was mostly Jackie's fault.
Jackie was definitely interesting. I found her to be relatable. Her fears were normal. Her attitude admirable and amusing at times. Yes, she was mean. Incredibly so. Her good intentions do not atone for it, in my opinion. But still, understandable.
Matt really was great. Good book boyfriend. I feel like I need some of that sometimes, haha. And he really fit the bill. He's funny and I love the banter in the book. I found myself laughing out loud, which weirded out some of the people around me. I could just tell.
Time travel. I mean, that explains a lot in itself. But I was a little disappointed by this one. Usually time traveling affects the future BIG TIME. You know? Back to the Future stuff?
This did, but not like Back to the Future at all. Which is sadly what I had been hoping for.
It was still good, though, trust me. It was a nice blend of sci-fi and realistic fiction (does this count as contemporary? Aha.). It has the romance, but it has a lot of other stuff, too. It deals with friends and family, growing up, the future (haha). It was a nice read and I did enjoy it. Cliffhanger ending, but I think it's obvious where it's going. So I'm hoping for the best!
The characters caught my attention and the plot kept me interested. Good pacing, interesting scenes, LOVE the references to movies and music.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Why: I really liked it. Not life-changing, but very enjoyable
Recommendation: people who like time traveling, this is worth a read. Also those who like contemporary with a bit of romance.
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CLASS OF '98 is A.L.'s first novel.
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