Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Book Review: What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader by Adrianne Ambrose

Title: What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader
Author: Adrianne Ambrose
Series: none
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Release Date: July 1 2010
My Source: Recieved from publisher

My Rating: 3.5/5

Eleven-year-old Elaine Rewitzer is funny, smart and happy being a geek, but when she wins a spot on the Cross Creek Middle School Buccaneers cheerleading squad, she gets totally into her new life. Her mega-brain best friend Bethany warns that Elaine will just become "part of the herd," and her best geek-guy-pal, Tim, (who‛s struggling with nose polyps) feels forgotten. Will Elaine survive the roller coaster of pre-teen cheerleader fame? Will she win the heart of the cutest boy on the basketball team? Will she confess her "uncool" love for comic books? Will she lose Bethany and Tim‛s friendship for-evah? AND WHEN WILL SHE GET HER POM POMS???

*note: This book is Middle Grade level.

It's been awhile since I picked up a Middle Grade book, but I decided to give this one a try because I remember how a few short years ago I used to love books like this. What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader is no exception. It's a cute and funny story that I think would've definitely entertained me when I was younger. I really liked Elaine- she was a great main character who I could relate to if I was her age.

The book is told in diary-style format, and Elaine likes to give random information, such as telling us where she's writing it, or what exact time it is. I found these details made the book seem very real. She was very dramatic, as any 11-year-old girl is, and I found my diary from sixth grade would've looked a lot like hers.

If you're interested in serious, thought-provoking literature, you'd probably have the sense to skip this book. But I would definitely recommend it to any younger readers just looking for a quick story. It didn't take me very long to get through and I'm glad I read it!

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