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The Cheerleaders

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.First there was the car accidenttwo girls goneafter hittinga tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monicas sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad.No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, its not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monicas world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdads desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isnt over. Some people in town know more than theyre saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesnt mean anyone...

Title : The Cheerleaders
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ISBN : 9781524718329
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages
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The Cheerleaders Reviews

  • ellias

    Hmm....

    I get it. YA is a genre that caters to everyone. But YA Thrillers, in general, are the outcasts lot of the bunch because.....they just suck in general. Sure there are a few hidden gems but these are far too few and too rare to count. I just....when it comes down to it....kids in thrillers aren’t that great. High school kids trying to solve these mysteries bigger than themselves when seasoned detectives or police couldn’t even be much of a help to begin with.

    The kids who solve these myster
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  • Frank Phillips

    I'm giving this a full five stars because it's the best young adult Thriller I have read. It fulfilled all of my expectations and I can't imagine anything else about it having been better then it turned out. I didn't see the reveal coming at all, which is fairly rare because I am what most would call a thriller junkie! I didn't have high expectations of this book and so maybe that's why I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I thought Sadie would be my favorite Young adult book of the year becau ...more

  • Laura

    I don’t know if we’re cursed. All I know is that my sister wouldn’t have killed herself. But if she did, why didn’t she leave a note explaining why?


    Five cheerleaders dead over the course of three weeks. This happened five years ago. One of those girls was Monica’s sister, Jen, and it’s been haunting her ever since. Jen was the last of the five to die and it has never made sense. First, two girls hydroplaned and hit a tree in a storm. Next, two girls were strangled by the man next door. And las ...more

  • Rachael

    Review trigger warning: statutory rape, pedophilia mention, abortion mention

    Arguably my largest pet peeve when it comes to reading is when a book seems awesome but then it decides to do you wrong and include unchallenged problematic crap.

    This book was amazing for the first 75 percent. Maybe a tad heteronormative, but a person can forgive. The writing style was compelling and easy-to-follow, the characters were three-dimensional and relatable, and the mystery was original and had me at the edg



    six words: statutory rape. victim blaming. pedophilia culture.

    In The Cheerleaders, the main character, Monica, had a summer fling with a guy in his mid-twenties, and Monica gets pregnant. The book begins right after she has an abortion, and it’s causing her a lot of physical and emotional grief and trauma. The guy is a capital-D Douchebag.

    There’s a conversation between Monica and him that goes like this:
    ”’This is a really bad idea,’ [he says].

    ‘I know… I know. I’m sorry.’ [sic]

    ‘What made you do it?’ he asks. ‘What you did. With me.’ [sic]

    ‘Because I was sad.’

    [He] puts his head in his hands.

    ‘I’m sorry,’ I say. ‘Why did you do it?’

    ‘Because I liked you.’ [He] laughs. ‘And I told myself that you looked older, and you acted older, so it wasn’t as wrong.’

    ‘But now you do think it was wrong.’

    ‘I don’t know. It just feels like you used me to avoid your problems.’

    My throat tightens. He’s right – I knew what we were doing was wrong, and I didn’t care.”
    now hold on just one dang second.

    excuse me? EXCUSE ME???!!?!?!?

    can someone please explain to me how this situation is in any way Monica’s fault?? why tf is she apologizing?? she is sixteen!! the guy is twenty-freaking-seven. he got her PREGNANT, for pete’s sake. He is over here acting like this whole situation is Monica’s fault,,,, and she (and the narration) are going along with it,,,,, when,,, it really isn’t her fault,,,, and victim-blaming pisses me off to such extents I mean I was about ready to DNF right there.

    but, I mean, like, I thought that this was all going to be a part of Monica’s character development, and that she would eventually grow to realize that this whole situation is not her fault, that he was an adult that took advantage of a minor. but, like, silly me thinking that character development would be a thing in a book!!! like,,, what was I thinking?
    (okay and I swear that I’m not trying to take away from Monica’s character development because her arc having to do with depression and accepting her sister’s death is top-notch, but the internalized victim-blaming?? booooooo)

    There’s another quote a good 91 percent into the novel ”My pathological need for attention from guys is why I’m in this mess with [him].” I mean,,, like,,, there’s only like twenty pages left in the novel it’s getting a little too late for her to go through character development and realize it’s not her fault. Her “need for attention” isn’t at fault here because the dude is literally an adult who can make his own fricking decisions and KNEW she was a minor but still pursued a relationship and got her pregnant!!!! but what do I know??

    All my hope was pretty much lost at this point, but then, hallelujah, (view spoiler) but just when I was ready to bump my rating up to three or four stars, it does this crap A G A I N
    ”’You didn’t do anything wrong,’ Ginny’s voice is soft. ‘He used you…’

    ‘I used him. I was tired of being numb and I wanted to prove to myself I could feel something.’”
    and I’m just like jfc I can’t freaking breathe without y’all shoving this victim-blaming crap down my throat can I

    And, I mean, the outward retribution just didn’t taste as sweet because at no time did the narration/Monica even begin to realize that she shouldn’t be apologizing to this guy’s manipulative, pedophile self. Until the very end, Monica is still 100 percent believing that her pregnancy and the statutory rape that happened to her was her fault and that just did not sit well with me. I didn’t like that. Instead of it making the book seem gritty with flawed characters who have gone through traumatic experiences, which is what I’m pretty sure it was going for, it perpetuated the wrongful blaming of victims of statutory rape. I’m not mad at Monica I’m mad at the book. lol.

    And maybe the external arc is enough for some people, but it just wasn’t for me.

    If Monica had more growth in this department, this would have honestly been a four- or even five-star read. It was that good. And that disappointing.

    Book Trigger Warnings: teen pregnancy, abortion, several non-graphic instances of throwing up, statutory rape, violence and some gore.

    Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a complete and honest review. All opinions and quotes are taken from an unfinished version.

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    Pre-review:

    not today satan!!!!

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  • Darinda

    Monica’s sister Jennifer died five years ago. Jennifer committed suicide shortly after four of her friends died… they were all cheerleaders. The town was upset by the loss of the five teens, and the school ended the cheerleader program. The deaths were all somewhat suspicious – car accident, murder, and suicide. Monica believes there to be more to her sister’s death, and that of her friends. In an effort to discover the truth, Monica enlists the help of her friend Ginny and they start digging in ...more

  • Suzanne

    This story was addictive within the first few chapters. I actually did not find it predictable. I loved it as much as I did the author’s other book, Little Monsters. I love a book where there are so many shady characters that you are basically inthralled just to see what dark skeletons they have in their messed up past. Makes for a fun read.

    My quick and simple overall: very enjoyable read!

  • Meredith

    Page-turning mystery!

    5 cheerleaders in a small town die, in 3 separate incidents, within a month’s time. Is it a coincidence or is there something sinister going on in the town of Sunnybrook?

    “Some people say a curse fell over our town five years ago.”


    The Cheerleaders is a compulsively readable YA mystery with a strong, intelligent female lead.

    When Monica Rayburn finds her sister’s phone hidden in her stepfather's desk, she begins searching for clues about what might have led her sister, Jen,
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  • Stacee

    2.5 stars?

    This book looked to have everything I could have ever wanted, even down to the blood spatter on the cover. Sadly, I’m wondering if 2.5 stars is too high.

    I think I liked Monica. She’s got a lot of things going on and I could understand why she was doing they things she did. I mean, not all of them, of course. There were a lot a lot of characters here, but the only one I really liked was Ginny.

    Plot wise, I was intrigued. I was hoping there would be more tension, but the slow reveals were
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