Thursday, April 29, 2010

Review: The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading
Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance
2009; Simon Pulse; ISBN 978-1-4169-7834-3 (paperback)

Summary: Becoming part of the cheerleading squad is the last thing that Bethany expected. Both Bethany and Moni, her best friend and fellow new cheerleader, are geek girls. That makes them invisible in the high school hierarchy. But now that they're cheerleaders, being invisible is not in the cards. Maybe that's a good thing, since Bethany now has the attention of her crush, jock Jack Paulsen. Yet it won't be all smooth sailing, thanks to friends and enemies alike. Will Bethany prove that you can be a geek and a cheerleader?

A heartwarming twist on the high school culture clash, The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading is an engaging read. A step up from many fluffy YA novels, authors Tahmaseb and Vance give their characters real dimension and warmth. The stereotypical head mean girl, selfish senior player, and driven geek all posses greater depth in this novel. The plot unfolds slowly but steadily, giving plenty of time for character development, romance, and dashes of sports action. It's an easy read with a lot of heart--what could be better? Pair this with I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader by Kieran Scott or the Queen Geek series by Laura Preble.

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