Title: The Cheerleaders
Author: Kara Thomas
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Synopsis: “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. ”
Lately I have been getting into YA Mystery/Thrillers. They have been helping me take a break from Fantasy and I will definitely be adding them into the routine. Although this one wasn’t a top read for me, I still enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down.
This book mostly follows the aftermath of the deaths of a whole group of cheerleaders that happened five years prior. Monica, the sister to one named Jen, is still not over the events that led up to it. There are also chapters from Jen’s point of view of that events that transpired. I am a sucker for multiple point of views and by the author adding in the one’s from Jen, it really added to understanding the events.
Monica is character that is quite relatable when it comes to her actions. Even though its been five years, she still has all these questions. I mean, I know I would. I think that is why I liked her so much. The other characters in the book are pretty minor but their are two that stick out the most, Jen and Ginny. Jen, for the reason I have already pointed out and Ginny because she isn’t well liked at her school and yet she is so willing to help Monica figure out what really happened.
When it came to the plot, what actually happened wasn’t what I was expecting. But, I do love surprises! The plot twists weren’t easily recognized and once one clue was given I just kept being entranced by the whole thing. It was a hard book to step away from.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and the writers writing. I will definitely be checking out more books by her!