Book Review – The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

the cheerleadersThere are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a 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. Monica’s 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, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school…  Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

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My rating: Cyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starNo-Star

I am so glad I put this on my Christmas list! I am all over the thriller/mystery/ya triangle at the moment!

I really liked Monica more and more as the book went on – her tenacity and smarts were great. I can’t decide if I liked that a lot of what is going on with her isn’t directly talked about – her abortion, and she also obviously has some mental health issues from the way she talks about her actions over the summer. I like that it’s not common to show rather than tell, and how well it was done, but it did sometimes mean it was sort of hard to figure out what was going on. It also makes her seem like a different person. So much so that I thought her mum was massively overreacting to the detention until I remembered what she’d obviously done over the summer. But I also get that your sister dying will definitely leave it’s mark, and also the drive she has to figure out to truth as soon as she starts suspecting she doesn’t know everything.

I felt for her friends – they were so pushed aside. But I liked her befriending Ginny and working with her. I think that was one of the great ways it showed that Monica was changing even if everyone thought it wasn’t good from her attitude, we get to see that it’s more because of fear and focus on her sister.

Overall, I think it’s a cleverly done thriller with mystery elements. I say it that way round as I found it pretty suspenseful, but it didn’t feel like it was written as a mystery as such? Not sure I can explain why, as Monica is definitely gathering clues as she goes. Possibly because until right at the end, just before you find out what happened, there weren’t enough clues to put it together. I did have a few other theories though, and I always like being proved wrong, or seeing which parts were correct.

A good read, and I would definitely recommend it.

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