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We Are the Wildcats

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  75 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 tonights team sleepover, the girls are all about forging the bonds of trust, loyalty, and
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Ashley Nuckles
Wasnt 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 wasnt super satisfying. Enjoyed certain moments but overall was only okay-ish. It is what it is! ...more
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!!
nova ryder ☼
Sep 18, 2019 marked it as not-yet-published  ·  review of another edition
no gonna lie, i immediately thought of high school musical
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
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.
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.

Ive 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 didnt 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
Katie Pierce
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.
Karma♥Bites ^.~
Fuck [this] fucking [book]
lexi ✨
Jan 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
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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,
I'm All Booked Up  YA
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Blog Tour: March 30th

*We received this book in exchange for an honest review*

Everyone at West Essex High School wants to be a varsity field hockey player. The football and basketball players never win championships. But this coach is tough and only 20 girls make the team every year.

Six girls get their dream of playingbut there is a lot of pressure. The team lost in the state championships last year and the coach will do anything to prevent another embarrassment.

The night of the team roster going
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC from The Nerd Daily
Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord)
i liked this better than STAY SWEET, which is why its coming in as a 1.5 star-er. RTC ...more
Tiffany Heitz
3.75 stars.
ARC from the TTBF.
Easy read. 6 POVs of girls on a field hockey team. I enjoyed the team part of. The drama that unfolded helped too.
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
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
I have always enjoyed Siobhan Vivians writing. While this book sounds like it is going to have some fun and excitement, there is no doubt that there will be a deep message within the pages. I cant wait to find out more! ...more
Kaylee Gwyn (literarypengwyns)
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A couple years ago I read Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian and fell in love with the way she wrote groups of young women and would accurately depict female friendships. So when I found out she was writing a new YA book about a team of girls, I knew it would be special.

We Are the Wildcats is about the West Essex womens field hockey team. They have won five of the last six years state championships and ever since last years loss, the team of girls have had a lot of growing to do. We start their story
Taylor Biela
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
They sprint, in sneakers and pajamas, hair blowing, high on endorphins. Bare-faced. Some of the girls hold hands, pull each other along. They know love. This is love. Better than with any guy because this is forever.

The Wildcats girls field hockey team is ready to redeem themselves after their embarrassing loss for the championship last season. And now with the start of a new season, their first team psych up is happening tonight, a midnight tradition where the new girls get their varsity
Allyson (AllyEmReads)
A really solid book all about feminist power and the love that teammates share.

This stuck out to me for two reasons. Number one, the sheer camaraderie and unconditional love these girls shared for each other. Growing up, I was a year round softball player for most of my life. I played for nearly sixteen years, starting at the young age of four. Some of the girls that I played with I had known for over a decade. And we had that tight knit bond that the Wildcats possessed as well. More than
Courtney Pate
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
This was my most anticipated read for March and I was so disappointed. I went back and forth about what rating to give. When I finished reading, I said a 3. Wasnt as good as I hoped, but eh. Now the more I think about it, the more I want to bring it down to a 2.5.

This was first featured on First Impression Friday. So one of my predictions came true I read it in two days thanks to the 24in48 readathon. Otherwise, I may have had some trouble getting more into it.

I loved the first two chapters,
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Contemporary books shouldn't have six povs. It felt like nothing happened and then when stuff finally did start to happen, the book ended. The premise which had me picking up this book was that it's these girls realizing their coach is toxic and taking back control, but that doesn't actually happen until the last fifth of this book. So I had to endure 80% of this book where he was obviously toxic but they didn't realize it, and then finally they did and took back control in like the last ...more
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Cover Story: Hey Grrrrrrl
BFF Charm: Make It Rain
Swoonworthy Scale: 0
Talky Talk: Straight Up Feminist
Bonus Factors: Women in Sports, Female Friendship
Relationship Status: We Are the Champions

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A big thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Books for this Arc in exchange for an honest review.

This book follows a girls field hockey team as they begin their season highly anticipated season. The story pulls the reader in by diving into the brains of adolescent girls as they navigate the politics of high school athletics on a state winning team. Beginning with the "jersey ceremony," the girls navigate one night of fun and betrayal as they struggle to earn the title of Wildcat.

Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna Bright
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, ya
currently resenting all my responsibilities for keeping me from this book.
Ashley Urquhart
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
For other reviews and more, please visit my blog: What's She Reading?

This book was such a disappointment. I was hoping to get an awesome girl power/friendship story but instead we get a story about an adult man playing questionable mind games with teenage girls. No thanks. The whole book just kind of made me feel mad the entire time. And I also couldnt get over the math for Coachs age. The girls think hes about 26, but this is his 7th year coaching (not to mention he played field hockey in and
Erica Alyson
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Won this book on a goodreads giveaway and really like it! Will post a review once the book is released.
Ryan John
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a giveaway and am very happy I did. The author included a note with the book, which was very cool. The book included universal themes like friendship and the desire to better yourself that I was a big fan of. Im glad I discovered the author and am looking forward to reading more of her works. Great book, great author! ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
I expected to really like, if not love, We Are the Wildcats. That ended up not being the case. This is a deeply flawed novel in terms of how its structured. What should have been a novel set over a field hockey season and told from the point of view of no more than two characters was instead a book that was crammed into one nights worth of events told from six points of view. The author did the story she wanted to tell a disservice when she chose to structure the novel in that way.

The reason the
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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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