The Cheerleaders

The Cheerleaders

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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 a must-have."— SLJ
Audience: Text Difficulty 3
UG/Upper grades (9th-12)
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9781524718343
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Dec 07, 2020

I’ve always thought deeply about coincidences, in real life, and in books. And to find a book that questions them, especially one with a good mystery, I was immediately intrigued.
The book is told mostly by angsty Monica, who lost her older cheerleader sister five years prior to a supposed suicide. But Monica doesn’t want to believe it, especially because she was the fifth cheerleader to die in a string of accidents. So Monica begins to question what happened five years ago but ends up questioning the present too.
What I loved about this book was the fact that Monica wasn’t the perfect character. She is flawed, both in logic and actions. The plot twist was a perfect punch in the gut, and I am still recovering from the ending, but in the best way possible.
This book is for fans of a twisted “who done it”, like The Lies They Tell and Here Lies Daniel Tate. The Cheerleaders is one of those books that hits just right, that makes you want to go back and read it for the first time again.

pacl_teens Sep 01, 2020

The Cheerleaders, by Kara Thomas, strives to generate a mystery plot similar to those of Karen M. McManus, but fails to be as well-written. Two cheerleaders of Sunnybrook High were killed in a car accident. Another two were murdered by the man next door. The last one to die, Monica’s older sister, committed suicide. Five years later, Sunnybrook High wants to commemorate the cheerleaders. When Monica accidentally finds some letters in her step-father’s desk and her sister’s old cell phone, she is forced to go back to the cheerleaders’ deaths. As Monica dwells deeper into the past, she realizes that all is not what it seems. She finds inconsistencies and unanswered questions revolving around her sister’s and the other cheerleaders’ deaths. As Monica investigates the matter along with a strange, new friend, secrets are revealed. She realizes that the cheerleaders’ deaths were so much more than what they appeared.

One thing I liked about this book is that it is fairly fast paced. Unfortunately, a lot of it was cliched high school drama. I think this could have been avoided; but the book did have my attention throughout because it was very unpredictable.

I would recommend this as a one-time read for anyone who wants a quick mystery, and enjoys books by Karen M. McManus.
-Anjani, Grade 10

Jun 25, 2020

10/10! This book was so good! Perfect for anyone who loves a good murder mystery! It had a juicy ending and I liked how all the mysteries came together at the end!

Jun 01, 2020

This book had me hooked from the very first chapter to the point where I was up all night reading, just to find out what would happen at the end! This book had my mind running possibilities as to how everything would turn out with every word that I read. The plot of this story was very well thought upon and planned. I enjoyed this book because it had a sense of mystery towards every character that I was being introduced to throughout the whole story. At some point in the book, I found myself questioning the innocence of many characters who seemed to be perfectly innocent. The Cheerleaders took the casual term 'at the edge of my seat' and turned it into a literal term. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone over the age of 13 who loves a good sense of thriller or mystery. 4 stars
@MissPeachPrincess of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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.

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.

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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