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The Cheerleaders

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There 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 Hig
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: July 31st 2018 by Delacorte Press
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    bran (brandonthebookaddict)
    This sounds so fucking legit and interesting wtf I NEED IT NOW.

    (like every book ever)
    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
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    Katie McNelly
    Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
    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
    Rachel Strolle
    Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Holy f*cking sh*t
    Sierra
    Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Content warnings (these ARE spoilers): (view spoiler)

    Y'all this book was a RIDE. A twisty, turny thriller that kept me guessing until literally the last page.
    Jenny
    Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
    This one was not for me. It felt dated, even though it hasn't been released yet! I can see myself recommending this to my teen library patrons who love true crime and mysteries, though. I feel that Monica was, for the most part, a strong female character. A touch of Veronica Mars; all the teen sleuthing but none of the snark.

    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!
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    Stacey Kade
    Apr 09, 2018 added it
    Shelves: read-2018
    Dark, twisty, and AMAZING! You need to read this one!
    Jaclyn
    Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
    This was a good YA thriller, though I think I liked Little Monsters a bit more. I think the reveals worked really well in this book, it kept you reading. There were some unexpected things that happened that def. had me on the edge of my seat. I also liked how some things were revealed to not necessarily be anything crazy, without spoiling anything for you. The twists and turns didn't stop coming until the book ended, which is always appreciated. I think the idea, in general, is really creative. ...more
    Ashley Lacy
    Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2018-tbr
    Wow. I really enjoyed this more than Little Monsters. I couldn't put this one down!
    Stacy Fetters
    May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
    "But after awhile, searching for the answers felt like grasping around in the dark. At some point, you have to choose to live in the light."

    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
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    Claire
    Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Woof. That was an intense read. Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children’s Publishing for an arc of this book. My views are entirely my own.

    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
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    Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    Feb 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
    After reading Little Monsters, I know this will be another masterpiece by Kara Thomas aka the queen of suspense
    Ashley Supinski
    Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: egalleys
    It should go without saying that I loved this book so freaking much.  Perhaps it's because I wasn't aware of what True Crime story it was based off of (it's not, is it?).  Or that it was like reading a true crime narrative, but as fiction for young adults.  It was different, but in a really good way.   (And also similar to The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters, in the same genre/same tone.)

    Told through Monica's perspective, the story is a mystery.  Monica is searching for the truth of what rea
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    Kelsi
    Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: thriller
    Just what I needed. This one kept me guessing and the drama was CRAZY. I was hooked from the first two lines and that last chapter was perfect-I love creepy endings! Gonna have to pick up more of Kara Thomas' books now.
    Hannah Martian
    May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    What an absolute GEM this book is. It's twisty and thrilling and my heart was actually racing as I read the last thirty or so pages. I loved the main character, Monica, from the very first page, and the book kept me enthralled throughout. There wasn't just one mystery in the book, but rather several that kept me guessing at every turn. Definitely one of the very best YA mysteries I've ever read!
    Marochka
    7/10
    Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
    I liked it but felt it lagged a little bit. I was hoping for more on the murder conspiracy. Sadly, that’s not exactly what I got. However, I did not see a certain part coming and didn’t realize until the last second who the murderer was. Overall I liked it and it was a pretty good mystery.
    Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I really enjoyed this book. The protagonist was likeable and there were several twists that I wasn't expecting. The side characters were also great. Fast paced, I blazed through it in a night. This is my favorite kind of horror/slasher fiction because everyone is more three dimensional and it's written well. I'm less fond of the cookie cutter books in this genre where everyone is just unlikeable and not well developed. I'm going to have to pick up her other books!
    Sarah
    Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Sunnybrook is a town without a cheerleading squad. First came the car crash killing two girls. Then there was the murder of two more members of the squad. When a fifth member of the squad dies under tragic circumstances the squad is disbanded.

    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
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    Melissa Flanagin
    Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: teen-fiction
    **Got an eGalley from edelweiss for an honest review**

    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
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    Molly
    Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
    The mystery aspect of this book is good, and the ending is not quite what I expected - but I do wish that there was more examination of the very problematic adult-teen relationship at the center of a lot of it. :/
    Sarah
    Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Just.... wow.
    Kori
    Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
    After reading both “The Darkest Corners” and “Little Monsters” by Kara Thomas, it’s safe to say I was a big fan of hers. When I saw that she had a new novel coming out, I HAD to get my hands on it! However (and I’m sad to say this)...this novel feels like her weakest one so far, in my opinion. I didn’t feel like the story line was super plausible, and it felt a little cheesy to me. I gave “The Cheerleaders” 3 stars because it was decent, but it definitely didn’t capture me like her previous book ...more
    MK
    Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Damn. Arc provided by NetGalley. 4 stars.

    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
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    Caro Herrera
    Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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    Corinne Keener
    Five years ago Sunnybrook High School suffered the tragic losses of fives cheerleaders. Two were killed in a gruesome car accident, followed shortly by a double murder, and finally by the suicide of Jen, our protagonist Monica's older sister. Now in high school herself (and on the dance team, because the cheer team was dissolved after the deadly events), Monica is less than convinced that the murders, car accident, and her sister's suicide are resolved, as the news and police would have you thin ...more
    Alisha Marie
    Last year, I read Thomas' Little Monsters and I absolutely loved it! As someone who is incredibly hard on mysteries, particularly YA mysteries, I was stunned that Little Monsters was as good as it was. My love for that book meant that I was so looking forward to reading The Cheerleaders. And now that I have, I have to say that it just isn't as impressive.

    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
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    Kat
    Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this title! 3.5 Stars.

    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
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    Kate
    Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley-arcs
    THE CHEERLEADERS was pitched as "a little bit 'Riverdale' and a little bit 'Veronica Mars,'" and the description could not be more accurate. (Well, it lacks the classic Veronica Mars sass but that's pretty difficult to replicate.)

    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
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    Sarah
    2.5

    *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
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    Kara is the author of THE DARKEST CORNERS, coming April 2016 from Random House/Delacorte. She is also the author of the Prep School Confidential series from St. Martin's Griffin under the pen name Kara Taylor. Kara has written for Warner Brothers Television and currently writes full-time on Long Island, where she lives with her husband and rescue cat.
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