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.
Class Of ’98 was a fun, and very entertaining time travel book. I have always thought how cool it would be to be able to go back to high school with all the knowledge and experience that I have now. Would I change the future if I tried to do it all “right” this time? Jackie got to do just that. I loved watching her try to lead her life with head knowledge and heart knowledge. Her head knew what she should do but her heart knew what she wanted to do. As soon as I started this book and Jackie was taken back to high school, I was completely drawn in.
I loved the fact that Jackie and Matt knew exactly what was happening to them. They took all their memories from their present and the past back with them and Jackie was trying really hard to make sure that they didn’t change anything that might effect the future Jackie and Matt. No matter what, there were small changes then eventually the changes became large ones as they decided to fix a few “relationship problems” they both had in high school. Those changes did eventually change things in their present when they returned.
I fell in love with Jackie and Matt. They were great main characters. I loved reading about their everyday adventures in 1997 an 2008. A.L. did a great job of world and relationship building in the past and present. I could picture both Jackie and Matt as adults and then thrust into high school again. I couldn't’t help but root for Matt and Jackie’s relationship in the 1997 and then in 2008.
If you like contemporary books with a little time travel thrown in, then this is the book for you. It was well written and very entertaining. I recommend this book to everyone. :)
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.
4 – ebooks of Class of 98’ + $10 iTunes gift card (INT)
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