Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Geek Girl's Guide To Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb & Darcy Vance

The Geek Girl's Guide To Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb & Darcy Vance.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Pages: 352.
When Bethany — self-proclaimed geek girl — makes the varsity cheerleading squad, she realizes that there's one thing worse than blending in with the lockers: getting noticed. She always felt comfortable as part of the nerd herd, but being a member of the most scrutinized group in her school is weighing her down like a ton of textbooks. Even her Varsity Cheerleading Guide can't answer the really tough questions, like: How do you maintain some semblance of dignity while wearing an insanely short skirt? What do you do when the head cheerleader spills her beer on you at your first in-crowd party? And how do you know if your crush likes you for your mind...or your pom-poms?

One thing's for sure: It's going to take more than brains for this girl genius to cheer her way to the top of the pyramid.
I started reading this book as a filler; it was night and I was too chicken to read a zombie novel that I had already begun. It was supposed to just be a book that kept me entertained for a few hours until I started to fall asleep, but I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t want to put it down.

I’ll admit, it’s not my favorite. I typically avoid the cliché cheerleading/high school angst books because I was a lot like Bethany in high school but some of my closest friends were popular cheerleaders, so I found the whole “cheerleaders are evil” concept kind of stupid. But this book focuses more on how Bethany finds herself and her relationships changing when she and her equally geeky best friend join the cheerleading squad. It’s not a deep, thoughtful novel - for me, at least - but the authors did an awesome job at making lovable characters seem ignorant and vice versa.

There were times where I feared the novel might take a turn for the horrible, like an almost-love-triangle that involved a gorgeous, popular jock and a geeky friend of Bethany’s that would’ve had me closing the book immediately. But it’s not one of those predictable cheesy chick-lits. Quite the opposite actually; Jack Paulson was a complete mystery to me. Are his intentions good or is he a disgusting slime ball? I love a book that can keep me guessing!

Overall, The Geek Girl’s Guide To Cheerleading was a very entertaining book and I’m glad I picked it up. It’s a quick and light read, not meant to pull on heartstrings or emotions, but it’s cute enough to leave you in a good mood when you’re finished reading. I definitely recommend it for a rainy day!

Other reviews for The Geek Girl's Guide To Cheerleading:
Em's Bookshelf.
Ten Cent Notes.
Bookworming In The 21st Century.
Young Adult Books Central.


  1. This sounds like a lot of fun, and it's not something I would normally consider. That said, I'm try to step out of my comfort zone, so perhaps I'll give it a go! Great review :)

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