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The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

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When self-proclaimed geek girl Bethany Reynolds becomes the newest member of the varsity cheerleading squad, she realizes that there's one thing worse than blending into the lockers: getting noticed. Who knew cheerleading was so hard? Well, at least there's a manual, The Prairie Stone High Varsity Cheerleading Guide. Too bad it doesn't cover any of the really tough questio...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published April 30th 2009)
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Heather
Rating B

Review This book was a fun, quick read that I finished in a night. And thought about for the next day. Then I added the attributes of smart and a fresh twist on a currently-hot well-worked plot trope of mixing classes.

It's fun and quick because the dialogue is funny and sounds like teenagers living their actual lives, instead of sounding like adults writing how they think teenagers talk.

It's smart because it didn't fall into the expected trap (that I feared it might) where the geek girl,...more
Sara
Oct 12, 2009 Sara rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Couldn't get through this book. The plot - a geek tries out for her high school cheerleading squad and makes it, then tries to fit in - sounds cute, but it wasn't executed well at all. The conversations sounded forced and unreal; for example, the main character and her friends play a game where one of them quotes the first line of a movie and the others try to guess the title. A game like this is an amusing way to pass time, but to include this game in a book (especially near the beginning of a...more
Lesley
I tried. I really did. For 83 pages, I tried.
Nisha
I loved this book! i read it like atleast 10 times already and i still love it!. im hoping maybe theyll have sequal for it or atleast something close to it. fingers crossed. i thought bethany and jack made cute couple together. he was so cute. i also liked the fact that they havent said i love you like most of the books or made her populer cause she was a cheerleader either. it made the book more real by it. but in a way it made it more special. i thought the ring he gave her was a nice touch to...more
Melanie
Gimme an G! Gimme an E! Gimme an E! Gimme a K!

When Bethany's best friend Moni decides that the two of them should tryout for cheerleading, Bethany is less than thrilled. But this is the first thing Moni has been excited about since her parents' divorce so being the good friend that she is, Bethany tags along to tryouts. Nothing could have prepared Bethany (and Moni for that matter) for what making the cheerleading squad would do to their lives and their friendship.

When two girls who used to be s...more
cecilia
The Geek Girl's Guide To Cheerleading had been on my radar, but I did not have too much desire to read it due to its lackluster cover until I stumbled across it at the new neighborhood library and thought "Why not? I'll give it a whirl since it attacked me from the shelves." And am I sure glad that I gave it a chance!

I have read the fluffy and sparkly teen books such as The Naughty List (absolutely delish by the way!) and expected this to be of similar nature. However, I was seriously impressed...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Everyone knows there are hierarchies in high school, but what happens when you infiltrate one?

Bethany and her BFF, Moni, decide to try out for the cheerleading squad -mostly as a joke. When they actually make it, they're stunned, but no more so than their friends and family.

Cheerleading involves so many rules, but Bethany's questions aren't answered in the massive rule book. What happens when your best guy friend is mad that you've turned cheerlead...more
Alea
The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading was an interesting melding of geek and popular. What would happen if a geek dared to become a cheerleader, how would the other cheerleaders act, and why would the geek want to join in the first place. I found the premise of the book very interesting.

Bethany was definitely my favorite character, I totally understood her. I always really enjoyed when she hung out with her geek crowd and their "Geek Nights", especially Todd the leader of the geeks.Moni was sort...more
Katie
I started reading this book as a filler; it was night and I was too chicken to read a zombie novel that I had already begun. It was supposed to just be a book that kept me entertained for a few hours until I started to fall asleep, but I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t want to put it down.

I’ll admit, it’s not my favorite. I typically avoid the cliché cheerleading/high school angst books because I was a lot like Bethany in high school but some of my closest friends were popular cheerleader...more
Sarah Evans
Beneath the fluffy chick lit title and cover lies a gem of a novel you will want to share with patrons and friends. Bethany is a smart girl with good friends and a good life. She’s content being in the “geek” caste of her high school, though she does pine for the seemingly unattainable Jack, star basketball player. When her best friend Moni decides they should try out for the two suddenly available spots on the varsity cheer squad, Bethany at first just goes along. But soon both girls are commit...more
Kristen
Bethany and Moni are best geek girl friends and when Moni's geek crush suddenly has an interest in cheerleaders, she decides they should try out for the team. As her best friend, Bethany goes along with it. Only, she never expected they'd make the team. Suddenly, Bethany's crush is talking to her - a jock who is more than what he seems and they start to become more popular. But when things go a bit sour, will Bethany and Moni be able to keep it together and will their friendship suffer in the en...more
Nyasa
In the book The Geek Girls Guide to Cheerleading a girl named Bethany and her bestfriend Moni try out for cheerleading. At first it was to make a statement that if cheerleaders can do it do can geeks but things slowly start to change, and they stay the same at the same time. Bethanies dream comes true being noticed by John, one of the hottest guys in school, but does he only like her for her pom poms or for te real geek she is?
I think it's a Text-to-World connection. I think it's a Text-to-Wor...more
Rheannon
I really liked this book! I think it really deserves a 3.5. I loved the humor. There were times when I'd laugh out loud and tell my brother how funny it was.(he'd just look at me weird.)I also loved the teenage romance and loved the guy characters(almost better then the female girl characters).
This book is about a geekish girl and her friend, kind of as a joke, try out for the cheerleading varsity team. They were going to drop out of it, but Bethany decides to stay in to prove that popularity...more
Julia
At Prarie Stone High School, Bethany and her friend Moni usually navigate the halls and gauntlet of popular kids and cheerleaders holding their breath. When Moni's "geek" friend Brian makes is so apparent that anything in a cheerleading uniform is worth watching, Moni "encourages" Bethany to try out for the winter varsity squad. Bethany never dreams they will actually make it, but of course, they do. From Coach Shelia's surprise help, to learning how the other half lives, this story deftly shows...more
Amanda Yeargin
Jan 16, 2010 Amanda Yeargin marked it as to-read
I decided to read The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading. Bethany thinks of herself as a geek but then she makes the cheerleading team. She felt comfortable with her geek squad but now she isnt since it's a whole new enviroment. She wants to get noticed. She keeps asking herself questions and makes a guide. She wants to make it to the top of the pyramid, and she is determined too.
I have a text-to-self connection . My connection is how i feel left out like her at times. But it depends on the sit...more
Kathy
Was this that original? No. Was it predictable? Yes. Was it fun? Yes. So, this wasn't the most orignial story but it was still entertaining. Bethany is a good friend who goes along with her friend Moni to cheerleading tryouts. Both are stunned when they actually make it. Life doesn't get easier, actually it gets more complicated. I thought it was a fun read, Bethany was a likable character. I was surprised with all the Jane Austen refrences throughout the book, I think it made me like it a littl...more
Cathleen
When brainy Bethany and her equally brainy BFF Moni make the cheerleading squad, it sets off shockwaves throughout their school. Their "geek" friends feel betrayed and the popular clique does not exactly welcome them with open arms. To add to the drama, enter Jack Paulson - basketball hero. What's a girl to do when the guy she's been friends with for years no longer speaks to her because he thinks she sold out and the hot, super-sexy basketball stud she's been in love with since 8th grade is now...more
Andrea
I really enjoyed reading this story. I really identified with Bethany--I cheered from the time I was 8 to the time I was 18 and I was always the bookworm on the squad (luckily my school was small enough that there weren't really cliques--everyone was friends with everyone else). I liked the way the authors wrote the characters. I loved Bethany, Moni, and especially Jack. I loved how he was the popular kid in the high school but when you got to know him, he was a total sweetheart. And I really fe...more
Cherie
I loved this book. Bethany is one of the Geek crowd and has had a crush on the star school basketball player, Jack Paulson, for a long time. Her friend Moni talks her into trying out for cheerleaders. To their own personal amazement they make it. Bethany ends up dating Jack soon afterwards and Moni starts seeing Rick Mangers, a popular senior. Moni believes the cheerleader thing has paid off for them but things are not always as they seem as they both eventually find out. A very engrossing read....more
Carrie
I read this book in 2 days or less. I couldn't put it down. My sister read it and recommended it, and now I know why! I love how it's written from a teenager's perspective, yet not over the top and trying to hard to have teenager lingo. It was really clever and I went from laughing to just feeling horrible for the girls. I loved how Bethany stuck up for things and people and believed that you can be friends with anyone-- no matter their social standing. I LOVED the relationship that develops wit...more
Melinda
Okay, this book was a riot. I laughed out loud several times. I started reading it yesterday at Evelyn's dance class and finished it before I went to bed. Fun, fun, fun. It helps that it's opening line is "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a high school boy in posession of great athletic ability must be in want of..." Super cute.
The story behind how it was written endeared it even more. The woman who started writing it gave it to her friend whose son was going through chemotherapy. Her...more
Tierra
A really cute book. I thought the story was good and had a semi-realistic experience in high school. At least as far as I know. I only base my opinion off of the experience I had. (Which was a good one.)

The book is basically about two "geek" girls getting fed up with the whole Cheerleader status so they decide to try out to become one. They end up making the squad and are very surprised. One is happy about it. The other is tolerant and only did it to make her friend happy.

Even though they make...more
Christina
Apr 09, 2011 Christina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christina by: Goodreads list
This is a pretty fun book. I felt the authors did a good job making all of the 'stereotypes' 3-dimensional. The 'geeks', 'jocks', and others had good and bad in them. It's probably not realistic that a young woman without any cheerleading experience (or even prior interest in cheerleading) could make the varsity squad, but I guess that's part of the fun of it.

I really enjoyed the Pride and Prejudice references and discussions throughout the book. My only complaint is that the end moved too quick...more
Tejj
Definetly a must read! i love the whole geek cheerleader thing, you just don't see it to often. this book had me smiling, cringing, and straigght up LOL'ing. it was so cute and i recommend it to anyone who wants a different plot. most books today have to do with the whole popular girl blah blah blah. and i find that author's like meg cabot and jennifer echols allow the under-rated girls (c list, and d list girls) to shine. i love when author's take characters who don';t have it all made and turn...more
Tricia
Loved this book! I picked it up thinking that it was going to be more like the Non-Blonde Cheerleader series, but it was actually really different. Bethany and Moni weren't the best cheerleaders, but they gave it their all, and practiced hard. They were geeks who survived on a varsity cheerleading squad, and even though they hit quite a few obstacles (thanks to Jack Paulson and Rick Mangers), the girls proved they could take whatever was thrown at them. Maybe, although people may not know it, Ge...more
Alicia
This was book had clique written all over it...but I loved every second of it. Basically nerd girls try to break out of the geek squad. On a whim they try out for cheerleading and made the team. They take cheerleading serious (cheering for the wrestling team. Bethany even maganges to capture the attention of the cutest guy in school. This book was all about squashing high school stereotypes with lots of humor.
Mai
Really cute book that's definitely good for letting teenage girl's know it's ok to be geek. Of course as is typical with a teen book of this nature Bethany just happened to be really cute and have the skills necessary to be a cheerleader and had a just as cute geek girl best friend, but overlooking those conveniences, I thought it was a fun read and everyone loves a good geek girl.
Luna
I really like this book. It made me smile, mainly because she was just, plainly speaking, geeky. I liked the story a lot. The characters were interesting and reminded me of school. It only took me tow days to read once I started getting into it. Overall an awesome book. :]
Felicia
I really think that Beth should have ended with Todd. Throughout the whole story i thought that Todd really liked Beth and a times i thought that he would confess that love to her. Jack is really sweet and all, but i would much rather see Beth with Todd. Why not Todd???
Eunice
3.75 of 5 stars

Yes, it was a bit predictable and cliché but it was fun fun fun! And there were lots of really swoon-worthy bits that made me grin so hard it hurts! Lol. I really enjoyed reading this! This was an entertaining but also an insightful read. ^^
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