The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Five years ago, three tragic events result in five cheerleaders dying. Afterwards, the grieving town decides not to have high school cheerleaders anymore. Now Monica, the sister of one of the girls is trying to find more answers because it’s not making sense to her why five girls would die like that.
Review: There aren’t a lot of YA thrillers I’m into, I tend to not read YA for that genre because regular thrillers tend to be more intense in my opinion. This book was not missing anything for me though.
Monica wasn’t my favorite character to start, but she did grow on me. I think her growth was impressive, though I think she could stand to grow some more. I liked that in the end she was able to see how wrong it was that an older man had sex with her and that he took advantage of her.
I was also impressed that there wasn’t some big secret to her sister’s suicide, that she really was just depressed and the death of her friends pushed her over. I like that Thomas kept that because yeah, sometimes people do complete suicide and other people are left confused as to why this would happen. I was really happy because I think this is an important point to make. It also shows that sometimes the answers we try to seek out, just aren’t there.
I thought that the characters acted age appropriate, I feel like that’s my main beef with contemporary YA, a lot of the characters don’t read their age. I thought this one was realistic, which is always nice.
It’s slow in parts but it didn’t bother me too much, it’s not very action driven. This worked for me, but I could see how it would be boring for other readers.
Recommendation: If you want a YA thriller, this is a really good one. I think it touches on some really important topics and offers some good mystery.
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