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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

  • Liz Barnsley

    The Cheerleaders is a tense, emotion fuelled read, with a classically twisted mystery at the heart of it, some wonderfully immersive writing and a hugely engaging main protagonist.

    Monica struggles still with the loss of her sister 5 years ago to suicide. Prior to that Jen herself had lost 4 friend’s in quick succession- coincidence or something more sinister? After discovering a few things that don’t make sense within the story she’s been told, Monica decides to find out for herself..

     

    The Cheerl
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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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  • The Library Ladies

    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com )

    I want to extend a special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book.

    I am so, so pleased that the YA Thriller community has someone like Kara Thomas repping it these days. As you all know I’ve had a harder time with YA thrillers in the past, if only because they either aren’t gritty enough, don’t have enough interesting characters, or have predictable and spoon fed mysteries for their audience. While I understand that sometimes
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  • 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!!!!

    full rtc (rant to come 😉😉) ...more

  • Katie McNelly

    This is a thrilling YA masterpiece. I could not wait to get to the end to see how it all resolves - it was finished within 24 hours. In fact, it was finished in more like 6 straight hours of refusing to leave my bed on a Saturday. The thrill is a slow burn; it feels natural without feeling forced or fake. It seems realistic - like this could actually happen in any small town. The high school scenes are relatable as well; all too often I read stories set in high school that don't involve characte ...more

  • Jillian (bookishandnerdy)

    HOLY CRAP. this was so good. so freaking good. i've heard so many good things about kara thomas and her books and this lived up to all that praise. the pacing was excellent and the reveals were so GOOD. ugh i can't wait to read more from her.

    *arc provided by delacorte press from yallwest 2018*

  • 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

  • Laura

    RTC