Sunday, July 5, 2009

Review ; The Geek Girl's Guide To Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance

ABOUT THE BOOK/: 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.

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Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 9/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 9/10
3. Funny Factor - 8/10
4. Honesty Factor - 8/10
5. Originality Factor - 8/10


Narrator's Voice - 9/10

Overall conclusion
- Truthfully before I read it, I didn't know what to expect from this book. The title was cheesy enough to set me off especially since I'm trying to widen my range of genres in books. Also, the subject on cheerleading? Not my thing. I hate cheerleading. I always think its too superficial. What was amazing about this book is that it completely out ruled every assumptions I made. Don't let the cover and the title blind you! This is not just another cheesy case of cool boy-meets-geek girl--fallsinlove. In fact, while reading it, I didn't imagine Bethany being a geek girl at all which I guess is another way of showing that a label doesn't make you that person. The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading is actually more about Bethany balancing her before-cheer and after-cheer life and less about cheerleading. In a nutshell, it's the story of finding yourself and not being someone from a label. The characters were lovable enough. The supporting character has an essence in them that relates them to the main characters. Oh and the fact that the first line of the book is similar to Pride and Prejudice? AWESOME. The Jane Austen fangirl inside of me was flabbergasted.

Oddly enough, Bethany and Jack reminds me of Nathan and Haley from One Tree Hill. The fact that Jack isn't that stereotype jock makes it all the better. I really love how the authors makes Bethany's narrative voice so genuine and real instead of constantly making her sound like a total losergeek (after all, there's more to a person than being a geek / jock right? ). All in all, this is a great novel by two awesome debut author. The simplicity in the words and the easiness in the plot makes the novel a good read for a rainy evening.

Resembles the writing of Elizabeth Scott and Melissa Kantor, Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance are definitely authors to look out for in the future!