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.
Jackie is still working at the same old job and got passed over for promotion once again and her social life is pretty much non existing. Matt just got divorced from his high school sweetheart and works at a job where he has no idea what he's doing. These two people are quite different from their teenage selves. Jackie used to be a blue haired weirdo and Matt was the popular jock type. So back in the day these two would have never talked, but in modern day there might be a click. Still now they are thrown back to those high school days and they will need each other's help to get back to 2008.
One of the reasons I really liked this book, is because it takes place in the 90s. When Titanic just came out and one of my neighbour girls kept sing My Heart Will Go On for the entire neighbourhood, there were no smartphones, internet existed, but Google didn't. A time of pure nostalgia for me and all those who grew up in that awesome decade.
Getting stuck in high school is what nightmares are made off and not something you expect happening when you go to your ten-year reunion. Going back in time and being seventeen again has its perks, like you get that old body again, but the downside is, you're seventeen again! When these two go back in time, they will have to figure out a way to get back, not that they are trying really hard though.
The book did last longer than I would have expected. Jackie and Matt are really reliving their entire senior year. Also they tried to go back a couple of times, but mostly they were just going with the flow. I can understand that they might see it as a way to change things, to make different choices, but I'd think they could have freaked out a bit more. Besides Jackie wants to do all things the exact same way, so nothing would change in her future life, so she could have tried harder trying to get back.
Class of '98 is predictable at times but oh so fun to read. It's the type of story that has been told over and over in books, movies and TV, because it's so entertaining. If you like romantic comedies, you'll like Class of '98.
About A.L. Player: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)