The Cheerleaders

The Cheerleaders

eBook - 2018
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"Sharp, brilliantly plotted, and totally engrossing."—KAREN M. MCMANUS, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying "A crafty, dark, and disturbing story."—KATHLEEN GLASGOW, New York Times bestselling author of Girl In Pieces "A little bit Riverdale and a little bit Veronica Mars ."—RILEY SAGER, bestselling author of Final Girls A Goodreads Best Young Adult Book of the Year Nominee From the author of The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters comes an all-new edge-of-your-seat thriller set in upstate New York about an eerie sequence of seemingly unrelated events that leaves five cheerleaders dead. There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook. First there was the car accident—two girls dead 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 his reasons. Monica's sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they'd lost. That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it's not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica's world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad's desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn't over. Some people in town know more than they're saying. And somehow, Monica is at the center of it all. There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn't mean anyone else is safe. More Praise for Kara Thomas: " Gripping from start to finish . . . with twists that left me shocked."—VICTORIA AVEYARD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen " A disturbing portrait of how bad news and gossip can curdle when mixed together." —OPRAH.COM " You'll be up all night tearing through the pages."—BUSTLE "This deliciously deceptive thriller ...is a must-have."— SLJ
Audience: Text Difficulty 3
UG/Upper grades (9th-12)
730
4.9
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9781524718343
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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penelopegomez
Sep 04, 2019

I'm giving this book a big thumbs up. This murder investigation was very realistic. Although it was conducted by a high schooler named Monica who was hell bent on proving that her sisters "suicide" was really a MURDER. If I was a high schooler this was exactly how I would have conducted an investigation, gossiping with classmates, stalking people on Facebook, and just gathering as much information as I could. Since the author wrote this book very realistically there were parts of the book that were very slow, for example there were no more clues so there was a lull in the investigation. This made the book even better though because it gets you thinking right along with the main character, "Where can I find another clue? What did I miss during this investigation?" Another thing I loved about this book is that there were flashback chapters told from Monica's sister's perspective leading up to her death. As a clue is revealed so was a flashback chapter. I LOVE books told from multiple perspectives. This book was so good, I went out and bought the book before I had even finished reading it.

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AnonymousLibrarian
Feb 08, 2019

This mystery kept me guessing and has a very satisfying ending.

JCLMeghanF Jan 28, 2019

This story was the perfect blend of dark YA angst and pulpy noir. When Monica finds some evidence that her older sister's suicide might not be a suicide at all, and in fact it might have some connection to several other mysterious deaths on the cheerleading squad, she starts investigating - and finds a lot more than she bargained for. If you're a fan of Veronica Mars, you'll definitely want to check out this twisty teen mystery.

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zoeythekat
Jan 24, 2019

I really enjoyed this YA mystery. There were a lot of unexpected turns, mysterious characters, and suspenseful scenes. It was a complex plot with very real-feeling characters.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 17, 2019

A great YA murder mystery. Monica's sister and her fellow cheerleaders all died in the same year, when Monica was in middle school. Now, five years later, Monica is learning that what she thought she knew about the deaths is all false. Monica is NOT Veronica Mars, but she and a friend try to be.

OPL_KrisC Sep 05, 2018

A page-turning mystery that will keep you guessing!

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darladoodles
Jul 08, 2018

A twisty thriller for the YA set. Typical teen girl drama gets in the way as Monica tries to figure out if the string of cheerleader deaths which ended with her older sister's suicide five years ago were what they seemed? Her biggest motivation is proving her sister did not commit suicide and in the four cheerleaders who died in the weeks before are all tangled up in the same web. Ginny Montero is a new girl on the dance team with Monica and becomes a lifeline for her -- a source of support and a help in tracing down leads. Through it all, Monica forges better relationships with her mom, stepfather and baby brother. Took one point off for a plot thread that seemed largely ignored regarding Monica's previous summer relationship.

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AnonymousLibrarian
Feb 08, 2019

AnonymousLibrarian thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

OPL_KrisC Sep 05, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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