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 Hig ...more
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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 ...more
Also, if you're going to have characters go to McDonald's for McFlurries (multiple times), please make sure to get your McFlurry details correct. One character uses a straw! ...more
Wow, I honestly did not see any of this coming at all. It left me guessing right up until the end. This is the YA thriller that we all have been waiting for.
The cover is what caught my eye initially. There's something creepy about this in an odd way and I love it.
The storyline was stronger than her other books and I loved it. Every page seemed like a new m ...more
Okay, let’s try this again. I wrote out a long, beautiful review yesterday, only for my computer to gobble it up. It has now disappeared into the nexus never to return again, and I doubt I will be so eloquent this time. I will try though!
Let me start by saying that this is a fantastic book! It is moving, intense, heart breaking and gripping! You won’t b ...more
Told through Monica's perspective, the story is a mystery. Monica is searching for the truth of what rea ...more
Now, five years later, the school is working on planning a memorial and the last thing Monica wants to do is remember what happened to her sister, especially while dealing with the upheaval in her life as it is. But when Monica stumbles on to a mystery she ...more
If you enjoy suspense and mystery you will enjoy this. Much better then Stephanie Perkins try at it with There's Someone inside Your House. But again plenty mystery not enough gore for me. The story line was very gritty and hardcore for teen fiction, but I am not going to say that is a bad thing. This kind of stuff can happen in real life, its just I am not sure I want my teenage girl reading about some of this subject matter. I kind of felt ...more
I was actually surprised by the twisty ending in this mystery. So, 5 years before the story begins, 5 cheerleaders die in 3 separate incidents. Two in a car crash, two were murdered, and one killed herself. The one who killed herself’s name is Jen, and was the sister of the lead character, Monica. Around the fifth anniversary of all their deaths, Monica stumbles upon something that makes her suspect things weren’t as they seemed.
The author captures the hi ...more
The Cheerleaders has a deliciously dark and twisted plot (just like Little Monsters did), so I expected it to be dark and twisted the whole way ...more
It’s been five years since Monica’s sister Jen died, a suicide that never seemed to make sense. Five years since the car accident that took the lives of two other cheerleaders, and the murderer of two more. That was the last time that the high school even had a cheerleading team.
Monica, now sixteen, is having trouble with the anniversary of her sister’s death coming up, and is also having some issues of her own. She chose to terminate ...more
Kara Thomas doesn't really seem to believe in a "slow build"-- from the opening chapter, we see real physical and emotional pain as well as some very well-rounded characters. For a "murder" mystery, there are red herrings and misdirects aplenty. I read mysteries more th ...more
*I received a digital review copy from NetGalley*
I spent a lot of my time reading this book annoyed with the main character. I didn't agree with a lot of her choices and I think she did some unnecessarily risky things. She also alienated herself from her friends while trying to solve this case, which I understand since her sister was involved, but what bugged me was when she'd notice something off about them she wouldn't say anything and just let it go. There was also a weird super small roma ...more