Review: The Cheerleaders (Kara Thomas)

42861591._SY475_.jpgGenre: Young Adult Thriller
Publisher: Ember
Publication Date: August 6th 2019
Format: Paperback
Source: Times Reads
Page Count: 372

Blurb from Goodreads:

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.




TW: Sexual assault, statutory rape, abortion, suicide, pedophilia and depression.

Apart from reading contemporary and fantasy books, I am always drawn to crime and mystery stories. I can even immerse myself watching crime stories on the television for hours. So when I am given the chance to read The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas, I am extremely thrilled to read it.

I fly through this book so easily due to its compulsive nature and easy readability. This kind of book makes you hungry for more. Even though it is a fast read, I cannot help but feel that the story is very heavy, as it discusses about real issues surrounding teenagers. Trigger warning should be placed at the beginning of the book to avoid harm.

The premise is interesting enough for me to follow, but there are no surprising revelations that make me fell out of the chair. When the plot starts to be so predictable, that’s when it becomes so formulaic. Most of the story is told from Monica’s perspective, but we do have bits of Jennifer’s point of view leading up to the cheerleader’s death. It is terrifying (but not so surprising!) to see how the mysteries started to reveal.

I truly appreciate the female relationship in this book, between Monica and Ginny who always support each other, rather than showing girls who backstab one another.

Unfortunately for me, the ending is so anticlimactic. I don’t like how the story ends because I think it can be even better. To be honest, I can easily predict the person who is responsible for the deaths. At first, you will doubt any character that you meet in the story and anything that you think you know. But after a while, you can get the gist of the story already.

All in all, I wish the book has a twistier mystery to reveal. It is an okay book and I know that there are better thriller books out there. I hear good things about Kara Thomas’ Little Monsters, so I am excited to try that one out.

Special thanks to Times Reads for providing me a finished copy of The Cheerleaders.



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