Wellington's Reviews > It's Not About the Pom-Poms: How a 40-Year-Old Mom Became the NFL's Oldest Cheerleader--and Found Hope, Joy, and Inspiration Along the Way

It's Not About the Pom-Poms by Laura Vikmanis
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Mar 11, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: sports, autobiography
Read in April, 2012

I chose this book from a recommendation from CNNSI to give a window in life as an NFL Cheerleader. More than half of the book was more about how Laura decided to become a cheerleader.

The working conditions of an NFL Cheerleader are horrid working for under minimum wage and making some serious lifestyle changes ... It makes feel sorry for the lowly NFL cheerleader, so I can't just ogle as I please.

Not sure if I would have enjoyed hanging out with the young Laura who was insecure and self-defeating. And as she auditioned and eventually made it to become a Ben-gal, she further distanced herself from me in her shallow goal of becoming an NFL cheerleader.

But maybe it's not that shallow of a job. It might even be an exalted job.

The current Laura I would like to meet, thus moving this book to four star status. The current Laura inspires people to improve themselves in ways I wish I could do. People read about the forty year old cheerleader and decided "Hey, I can change my life as well."

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