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The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Pub Date: July 31, 2018 by Delacorte Press

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There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone 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 why he did it. 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 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.

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My Thoughts 🧠

Writing reviews for Kara Thomas’s books proved to be a great challenge for me, so I’ll try my very best to produce coherent thoughts along the way.

The story opened up with a great line. “This house was made for someone without a soul.”  First line and I was already captivated. I was really excited to read this book because Kara Thomas never disappoints. Reading this book got me really curious as I delved into it further.

Monica’s sister, Jen, died along with a string of deaths involving people from the cheerleader team. Five years later, the school wanted to hold a memorial for the cheerleaders but for Monica, she just wanted to forget. I really enjoyed Monica’s character and personality. She definitely stood out among all Thomas’s heroines because of her driven personality. Her thoughts are raw, blunt, and honest, which sometimes lead to confrontations that make my heart burst.

Pain isn’t supposed to teach you anything. It only exists to hurt you.

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I also love how this book had a healthy representation of family dynamics. I mean, Monica and her family don’t always see toe to toe, but in general her parents have always been supportive of her, even in times of grief. This book also was one of the few books which have shown a good relationship between the heroine and her step-father. Honestly, I’d love to read more of these kinds of relationships and eventually bury the stereotype of abusive step-parents.

Monica’s friends and their relationship proved to be realistic. They had their ups and downs, especially when Monica started hanging out with Ginny, who was basically an outcast from their circle of friends. However Monica’s intention was clean and she really just wanted to keep her friends away from shady trouble as she tries to find out what really happened to her sister and the cheerleaders.

Overall Thoughts 💡

The ending was solid and it packed a punch. I was obviously dumbstruck, but as always Thomas knows how to deliver a good ending. Of course, I can’t say anything but I’ll let you know that I had to pick my jaw up from the floor.

Kara Thomas has an exceptional caliber that I’m always looking forward to when it comes to thrillers. She knows how to direct readers and maintain the suspense that will definitely send chills into everyone’s spine.

If you’re a big fan of thriller/mysteries and whodunnits in general, you should definitely check out this book!

Let’s Chat! 💬

  • Have you read anything from Kara Thomas yet?
  • What are your favorite YA Thriller Novels?

This review was first published on The Bibliophile Confessions on September 09, 2018. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. This did not affect my review in any way.

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  1. I actually put The Cheerleaders into my cart yesterday so stumbling across this review feels like fate! I was a little over the fence about whether to get this book or not but you have me convinced. I’m super excited about reading this now!