Review: Class of '987:59 AM
Title: Class of '98
Author: A.L. Player
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Time Travel
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
My Rating: 4 Stars
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
Back in 1998, Jackie Jackie graduated from high school. Now, in 2008, Jackie is expecting to get a promotion, but unluckily, she wasn't granted it.
Back in 1998, Matt also graduated from the same high school. Now, in 2008, Matt has already been divorced for three years.
In 2008, Matt and Jackie meet at their high school reunion once more. They talk, they laugh, then BAM! They get transported back to the past, in 1997 back when they were still seniors. At first they were both terrified, but after a while they both agreed they quite liked it, and agreed not to change a single detail, for the unknown is more terrifying than knowing bad things will come, even though it's a good one. But what happens when Matt fall in love with Jackie? Would Jackie be willing to take a risk, or would she let it all go to waste because of fear?
I really liked the idea of Class of '98, because I think that it's a unique plot for the time travel types. Most time travel doesn't have a contemporary feel to them, and I guess that's the reason why I liked this one so much. The pacing was a bit slow at some points, I thought Matt was a little bit too sentimental, and there were a few moments that just made me dumbfounded, and that's why I was only able to give it 4 stars. But all in all, I really liked it.
Class of '98 is a fun and light read that is recommended for when one is bored or just want to relax. I had fun following Matt and Jackie's story as their friendship, and eventually love, blossomed and I look forward to reading more books by the same author!