by Megan Abbott
Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy’s best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they’re seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls — until the young new coach arrives.
Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach’s golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as “top girl” — both with the team and with Addy herself.
Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death — and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain.
Awful. Vapid. Sad. All of these come to mind when I read this one. Not only had this book been suggested to me by many different people, but they have really really loved it. My question for them; DID THEY ACTUALLY READ IT?! Not only was the plot line cliché, but the characters were stupid, vain, and disgusting (maybe Ugly is the better word?). I couldn’t stand any of them. Not to mention that this whole book seemed unrealistic.
Since this book was suggested to me, I powered through it. Trying to find a reason to love it. Like it. Tolerate it. Anything. But I just couldn’t. The writing was difficult to read. The lingo you have to decipher because NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT. Much less to each other. The way these girls idolize (and possible lesbian attraction?) their coach is a little too much for me and it just seems a little too far fetched.
The author knew nothing about cheerleading much less how hard it is to go from just a normal, laid-back team to a competitive, hard-working, award winning type of team. It’s just ridiculous. This book is a clear example of authors who don’t do their research. There is no thrilling conclusion, no suspense whatsoever, no mystery to what happened. Just a book that wasn’t out together well.
Overall, I cannot recommend this book at all.