In Kristin Walker's YA debut, A Match Made in High School, Fiona can't believe that her entire senior class has to participate in a year-long marriage project. To make matters worse, they don't get to chose their partners. While her best friend Marcie gets paired up with a decent (albeit freakishly tall) guy named Johnny, Fiona gets paired up with Todd, a guy she can't stand. His real-life girlfriend has been teasing her since they were kids, and Todd purposely embarrasses Fee in front of (almost) the entire school during the senior marriage ceremony. Fee gets him back during their next big school event, and the war is ON. Meanwhile, Fee's best friend is hiding something, and Fiona's baby-sitting charge, the usually happy-go-lucky Samantha, is not so happy. Her argumentative parents are the polar opposites of Fiona's parents, who are still completely in love and wouldn't have any problems with PDA.
I recently interviewed Kristin about her Match, and what sparks her imagination.Did you ever have to take part in a school assignment similar to that in your book, or the typical egg (or sack-of-flour) baby project?
No, thank goodness! I never had to do any of those programs. I was such a dork, though, that if I had, I'd probably have loved it. I babysat a lot in high school, so I'm sure I would've thought of myself as professionally skilled in egg/sack-of-flour minding. Unfortunately.How did you perceive the concept of marriage when you were a kid? How did that change when you were a teenager, or an adult?
When I was a kid, I think marriage was something I took for granted. It was a foregone conclusion. I didn't know a whole lot of kids whose parents were divorced, so married moms and dads were the norm. There was never any question in my mind that I'd get married some day in the whole white-dress, church wedding, fairy tale sort of way. Which I did, incidentally.
As a teenager and young adult, I fancied myself as somewhat of a social rebel, so I vociferously defied belief in marriage for a long time. A couple should be together because of love, not because of some edict of religion and society! Legislation can't dictate commitment! Fight the power!
Luckily, I grew out of that. Now I see marriage as a living organism that returns the care you give to it. Having a good marriage is a privilege, and should be treated as such, but no one should be denied the opportunity to give it a shot.( Collapse )