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We Are the Wildcats

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,145 ratings  ·  299 reviews
A toxic coach finds himself outplayed by the high school girls on his team in this deeply suspenseful novel, which unspools over twenty-four hours through six diverse perspectives.

Tomorrow, the Wildcat varsity field hockey squad will play the first game of their new season. But at tonight’s team sleepover, the girls are all about forging the bonds of trust, loyalty, and fr
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Sep 18, 2019 marked it as up-next  ·  review of another edition
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not gonna lie, i immediately thought of high school musical
Larry H
3.5 stars.

Other people believing in you is important; believing in yourself is vital if you want to succeed. That's one message I got from Siobhan Vivian's latest book, We Are the Wildcats .

“Team first, always.” That’s the mantra of the coach of the West Essex Girls’ Field Hockey team. Some say he’s too hard on the team, some say he’s manipulative, even abusive. But this mantra seems to be working—the team has won four of the last five state championships.

Last year, however, things fell apart
Ashley Nuckles
Wasn’t a huge fan overall. I liked the friendship between the girls and how dedicated they were to something they loved, but a majority of this book dragged on very slowly and certain parts made me a bit uncomfortable. The end was a bit better as realizations were made, but it still wasn’t super satisfying. Enjoyed certain moments but overall was only okay-ish. It is what it is!
samantha londer
Nov 15, 2019 marked it as thats-a-no-from-me-dawg  ·  review of another edition
saying "fuck that fucking bitch" in response to a college student choosing a book about our corrupt criminal justice system written by a black author instead of your white friend's ya contemporary for their common reads program is a big yikes from me!! ...more
Nov 19, 2019 marked it as id-prefer-not-to  ·  review of another edition
Edit: This can be read as a PSA, as much as it is a reminder to myself of what to read or not. Please don't go harass the author or spread hate. That's not what this is about. Two wrongs don't make a right.

Note to self on the attitudes I didn't like during the whole #SarahDessen drama.

There's so many books to support, I'm leaving this here to remind myself of priorities in case someone suggests I buy one of Siobhan'
Wow. This one was a HUGE miss for me. I played softball year-round when I was in high school, so I was excited for a book about the bond between a girls' field hockey team. When I read this, though, there were quite a few issues for me.

First, the pacing. This book takes place in one night and has six POVs. That means for the first 70 pages of this book, we got the intro chapters to each POV and only had exposition. FOR 70 PAGES. Not a good start. Then, in every chapter, we had the girls in the
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Unfortunately, this book was disappointing.

I've read a lot of Siobhan Vivian's books, and this one was definitely my least favorite. There were too many points of view (none which were that different) which made the teammates and the brief background on each hard to keep straight.

This all took place over 1 day, and I feel like not much happened.

I had high hopes for this one, but it fell flat for me.
Lucy Tonks
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-on-ebook
That's it? Really?! For the first half of the book nothing really happened then, everything started happening at once. I went into this book with no expectations, but I still hoped that I would like it more than I actually did.

This book follows this all girls field hockey team called the Wildcats. Over 24 hours we see how they bond, how they leave behind their misunderstandings and start coming to the realisation that their coach is not actually the person they thought him to be.

I wish we go
Katie Mauger
Dec 10, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
How's this author supposed to write a feminist book when this is how she talks about young women?

Fuck that fucking bitch.

This is extremely gross behavior.
Riley (runtobooks)
Dec 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
this gets the big ole NOPE from me.

this novel follows 6 girls on the wildcats varsity field hockey team as they embark on a mission the night before their first scrimmage of the season. most of the book explores the back stories of these girls and how they got to where they are in the present, but aside from that, there's not much plot.

while some of the characters were marginally enjoyable, the book dragged to no end... and it only took place over one day/night. but this book focussed heavily on
The Nerd Daily
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Hannah French

A book all about a girl hockey team? Yes please.

I’ve never played a team sport, but after reading We are the Wildcats I wish I could join a powerful and fearless group of girls so we could kick some butt together.

In the novel, 20 girls are chosen to be on the varsity hockey team, but they didn’t win last season and are all still recovering from the loss. The next 24 hours see them come together as a team. They spend the entire night
Bill Kupersmith
The first half of 2020 has been a disaster for field hockey enthusiasts, especially supporters of the USWNT. After a disappointing start with three straight losses in the FIH Pro League, the corona19 virus forced the cancellation of the series. We do not know at present when and how school and NCAA field hockey will be played this fall. But a small mercy—thus far it has been as great year of reading about our sport. So far I’ve read Fiona Campbell’s No Number Nine, Quan Barry’s We Ride Upon Stic ...more
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Fuck [this] fucking [book]
lexi ✨
Jan 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The power of this book lies in two separate spheres. The first is in the girls themselves -- how in the oftentimes brutal arena of high school, they choose to lift each other up, to support one another, even (especially!) the younger girls who are new to the Wildcats team. Their kindness is instinctual, their loyalty is resolute. It made my heart swell, as this is all I want for teenage girls everywhere all of the time.

The second is in the way Siobhan Vivian reveals the slow burn of manipulatio
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, thanks xtinemay and booktube for recomend this book! Recently I found that I really enjoy reading about sports even if I've never liked playing them lol.

We´re the wildcats it's very unique in its own way: it tells the story about a group of girls who are in the varsity team of field hockey and have this special reunion before the first game of the season. All the book happens in one night and the story has five POVs which at first I found it scary but it's really interesting.
POST-REVIEW NOTES: I just read up on the twitter drama involving siobhan vivian, sarah dessen, jodi picoult, and other authors. i have A LOT of thoughts regarding that, but will address those later. for now, all i can say is that i am absolutely APPALLED at vivian's comments and reactions, and that i find her extremely laughable. writing a "feminist book" after calling a university graduate who RIGHTFULLY expressed her opinion WITHOUT being demeaning or hurtful a "fucking bitch"? faux feminism a ...more
The varsity field hockey team of West Essex is legendary, despite their loss at state finals last year. To be a girl on the team is to become a true Wildcat. To become Someone.

So the girls who make the final cut this year get together for their annual night-before-the-first-scrimmage bonding night, a lot is at stake, and little has to do with the game itself. Rather, six different girls reveal secrets they've kept close about the way their coach has been a toxic influence on them individually,
Leah Waters
This book accomplished everything it set out to do.

Ultimately, it was about a toxic coach and the girls learning that and taking back their lives. It was very frustrating, reading about such a manipulator, but I think it's also really important we read about it.

I've had to deal with toxic people in my life, even a coach like this one, and it helped me identify abusive relationships. Too often, teenagers hurt themselves working too hard, trying to live up to unrealistic expectations projected by
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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That last line was just tooo goood
Lost in Book Land
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hello Again!

I am back today with an extra special post! I was invited to take part in the blog tour for We Are The Wildcats. I first saw this book a while back on Goodreads and I have had my eye on it ever since. I was pulled in by the cover and hooked by the summary (kind of a you had me at hello situation). I was beyond excited (I mean sequels) when I was offered a place on the blog tour and I could not be happier to be sharing my thoughts about this book with you all right now. Additionally,
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It's a book purely about friendship and camaraderie between girls and getting back up after failing and it was absolutely amazing. It was focused on six girls, so obviously not the whole team, but that's fine. Apparently field hockey teams have 11 players, and there are probably more if you include alternates and stuff (I'm not actually entire sure how sports work), so it's hard to write a book from at least 11 perspectives. It was written in third person close and it would in ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m torn between a 3 and a 4. I loved the ending and the relationships between the girls, but I can’t buy into the central conceit of the sport mattering so much or losing a game being so awful.
Joshee Kun (조수아)
Thank you, Simon & Schuster, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It's never been her place to question him. It's her job to trust him. And she did trust him.

This is my very first Siobhan Vivian book. If you look at its Goodreads page or Google the author, you might notice a trend: references to the Twitter war last November. I don't want to be redundant, so all you have to know is that Siobhan's way of supporting Sarah Dessen wasn't exactly helpful. Nonetheless, si
i liked this better than STAY SWEET, which is why it’s coming in as a 1.5 star-er. RTC
Shayla Kopp
This was not great, not the worst book I read but not the worst either. I wouldn't say I enjoyed this book, but I did love the dynamics between the girls and getting to watch them interact was great. But the pacing was terrible, this was probably the slowest read I've ever had, even though it takes place over 1 night it felt like it took 1 million years to get to the end, and that nothing really happened. I think the main problem is there are too many perspectives and it took 100 pages easily to ...more
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jaye Berry
I deadass spent like 3 weeks trying to read this and for what?

We Are the Wildcats is about a girl's field hockey team on the night before their first game. At their sleepover, bonds are to be formed of trust and friendship to better help the team. Everything hinges on their midnight celebration until their Coach sours the whole evening. Over the night, they get out of their comfort zone on new adventures.

This book takes place in under 24 hours from a bunch of different POVs and I was already los
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
I wanted to like this so much, but I just found there to be too many voices and I was struggling to keep track of who was who. I originally thought it might be down to when I read it, but of the authors previous books, I've never loved them, so I guess that's a lesson to me to stop having just high expectations? ...more
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Siobhan Vivian is the author of THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD (April 2016), as well as THE LIST, NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL, SAME DIFFERENCE, and A LITTLE FRIENDLY ADVICE. She also co-wrote BURN FOR BURN series with her best friend JENNY HAN. She currently lives in Pittsburgh.

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