The Cheerleaders: Riverdale meets Pretty Little Liars

Since 13 Minutes, I now have regain trust towards young adult thrillers and I was eager to start The Cheerleaders. I heard great things about this new book and I know that Kara Thomas is a well-known author of the genre.



All the cheerleaders of the town of Sunnybrook died within a month. We follow the story of the family members who try to cope with the deaths and how the community builds itself up after such a disaster. Monica is Jen’s little sister and tries to uncover the truth of her sister’s death. She doesn’t believe that Jen committed suicide. In order to forget the unhappy feeling, she pulled out a one night stand with a random guy at her summer camp. Only to discover that he’s hired as the track coach in her high school in September. (Sounds like Aria and Ezra right? ๐Ÿ˜‰



Honestly, I had a lot issues with this book. Of course, the fact that it’s also for a younger audience (teenage) and Children’s Category has impacted my reading. But I’m going to list the main ones:

Monica’s personality. For a main character, I struggled to see where the author wanted to go with her narrative. She suddenly distances herself from her closest friends to bond with a random girl. Not only she keeps complaining how her friends are weirdย  and are changing around her, she doesn’t tell them anything and slowly just skips all their chillings and all their invitations. From my point of view, she is the one who changed.ย  Furthermore, her behaviours are so contradicting. One time, she plays the dumb girl and then another day she suddenly plays the detective.

The anti-climatic ending. A lot of deaths but there are not much to link them.ย  5 girls died in the space of a month. I was expecting some high puzzle solving mystery only to find out.. it is indeed JUST a coincidence. I mean.. for a thriller novel.. I expected everything BUT THAT. I guess you can say it’s a sad plot twist.

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And it’s not like the author wanted to preserve a delicacy touch or wtv for the younger audience. She mentions murders, rapes, pregnancy and a lot of mature themes. So I didn’t get why she went for such an ordinary ending.

The plot holes.ย While Monica would investigate one incident after the other, she just jumped to another witness to interview and you don’t fucking know what’s going on with the past one. And she goes on interviewing A LOT of people alright. In the end, I counted more than 4 plot holes.

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People who like to guess whodunnit feeling and get utterly confused. The author did manage to keep us guessing.

People who don’t get to overly obsessive over plot holes (like me) and can read pass that

People who love cheerleaders and high school set up mixing with some unforbidden summer love

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Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy for review!ย 


PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
PAGES: 384



29 thoughts on “The Cheerleaders: Riverdale meets Pretty Little Liars

  1. Well…as much as I loved Pretty Little Liars (yes…I liked that show lol ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚), this one certainly seems like one to really avoid ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š That plot twist…that is very, very lame indeed. Oh well..still have enough to read anyway, so I am actually glad I donโ€™t have to add another book to the list ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Omg you love Pretty Little Liars! ME TOOO ๐Ÿ˜€ It seemed to drag but I always end up watching it anyways HAHA And yes so lame ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I think that’s the only reason why negative reviews are useful LOL not adding books to your TBR

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      1. Haha, yeah itโ€™s one of those shows that you know you should quit watching,but in the end you just continue anyway because for some reason itโ€™s still fun to see it lol.
        Lol…so true, that really is probably the best reason ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


    1. Thank you so much Raven for reading the review ! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes I heard so many good things about this book ad unfortunately it wasn’t for me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


    1. Yes I think it’s still nice to try it! ๐Ÿ˜€ Esp if you like young adult thrilers ! Lowering your expectations is helpful because if you end up liking it .. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Lovely review, Trang! I’m sorry to hear this book wasn’t for you, but I get your frustration, I’m not expecting an anti-climatic ending for this kind of book usually :/ Thank you for sharing! โค

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    1. Omg yes exactly that’s why I’m disappointed HAHA and rated it 3 stars… The plot twist and fucked-up element are so important in thrillers T_T


  3. See I get what you mean about 13 Minutes because that was a standout thriller for me (and I donโ€™t normally read thrillers either) and I may have been tempted to pick this one up but when I read what you wrote about the ending to The Cheerleaders and yeah I get why that was anti-climatic because just reading your review I felt a little let down you know?
    Still great review Trang! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค๏ธ

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    1. BETHH!! โค 13 minutes was such a nice read and probably my favourite YA THRILLER so far!! It was a let down for sure. But I hope you get a better reading experience than mine ahah!! What was your latest favourite thriller (not necessarily YA) ?

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  4. Uhh… i think teenage me would have still liked this.
    Adult me? Not so sure. I saw some great reviews about this and was totally intrigued, but based on what you just said about the ending and the main character, i think this would annoy me ๐Ÿ˜€


  5. Hmmm… cheerleaders… I dunno, dudette! I have a natural aversion against the kind ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
    Sorry the book didn’t work out, but I enjoyed your review very much… I also LOVED Riverdale! ๐Ÿ˜›


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