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Review: Cheer! by Kate Torgovnick

Posted on: February 26, 2009

Not just ponytails and pom-poms; steroids and bulimia, too.

There is much more to cheerleading than the perky smiles, short skirts, and pom-poms. Cheer! by Kate Torgovnick delves deep into the inner-workings of three cheer squads from three very different colleges and follows them from try-outs to championships, while exposing the dangers, the controversies, and the drama that surounds and at times plagues squads around the world.

Cheer! is a fun and interesting book about a subculture I know very little about. I found myself actually caring about the cheerleaders presented in the book, which surprised me slightly. I didn’t expect to feel for these men and women in the way that I did. I certainly didn’t expect to root for them.

Torgovnick portrays the cheerleaders honestly–highlighting faults and strengths—making them very real to the reader, especially readers who may only know cheerleaders through the many stereotypes.

Recommended, even for those that don’t care for this type of non-fiction, as it’s very readable and fast paced with enough detail and dramatic moments to hold interest.

Rating: 4 basket tosses out of 5.

Challenges:
T author for A to Z Challenge

Cheer! by Kate Torgovnick
Published: March 11th 2008 by Touchstone
Binding: Hardcover, 384 pages
ISBN: 1416535969

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