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Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms

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A sweet, queer teen romance perfect for fans of Fence and Check, Please!

Annie is a smart, antisocial lesbian starting her senior year of high school who’s under pressure to join the cheerleader squad to make friends and round out her college applications. Her former friend BeeBee is a people-pleaser—a trans girl who must keep her parents happy with her grades and social li
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Paperback, 128 pages
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Oni Press
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Shannara
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel has a huge lesson to be learned. A powerful message that I support all the way!!! No one should ever have to be afraid to be who they are. This graphic novel really delves right in to the inequality as well and the things people say without meaning it to be harmful.

Basically I adore this book and I seriously hope there will be more!!! The art, the characters, and the powerful message that is sooo very needed. Oh and before I forget, kudos to the dad!!! Way to step up and be c
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human
Thank you to Netgalley and Oni Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a cute, if quick, graphic novel, that I ended up really enjoying.

'Cheer Up' follows Annie, an angry, antisocial lesbian, and her ex-friend Bebe, a trans girl, their experiences with cheer practice, and the friendship-and-something-more that grows between them.

I really liked the way that Bebe's struggles were portrayed, because they were real and meaningful, especially with her struggle of being
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Steph
this is such a wholesome sapphic graphic novel!!

i love both bold & abrasive annie and sweet & brave bebe. we quickly learn that they used to be friends years before, and it's interesting to watch them rediscover their friendship in a new context. the romance is soft and light, and our main characters share warm and fuzzy friendship moments with many members of the cheer team, too.

while bebe does face some blatant transphobia, there's also insight here into the emotional toll on trans people even
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theresa
Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms was the perfect, sugary sweet graphic novel to lose myself in after a long day. With an angry, plus-size lesbian main character and sapphic, biracial trans girl main character, this story was full of representation and different experiences. I particularly love reading about sports team dynamics, girl power and, of course, sapphics so this felt like the perfect graphic novel for me!

This book managed to pack a lot into a small space without ever feeling rushed or lackin
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tessie
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
(4.5)

this was so lovely i Simply cannot deal with this?????? i needed way way more but that’s just because i loved these characters so much i adore this cheer team so much

this book has an angry lesbian main character (we love) and a trans girl main character (we love) and a SPORTS TEAM (!!!!!!) and gay stuff

often with comics it feels really rushed, like someone’s crammed as much as possible into just a little over a hundred pages and it doesn’t really work and,,this one did???? it was definitel
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Kelly
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This comic was the perfect dose of cute and sweet. Cheer Up is about two girls starting their senior year. Annie is a lesbian who wants to try to be a little more social than how she used to be and Bebe (or Beatrice) is a trans girl who recently came out and has to deal with a lot of stuff. Her parents are overprotective of their daughter and unlike Annie, she's scared to speak up when something makes her angry. However, the both of them start to get closer now that Annie is starting on the chee ...more
fang
Mar 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loved check please and the fence comics!
internal screaming *the grumpy goth gf gets her sunshine gf!!!!!!!!*




Cheer Up was absolutely adorable and so cute! We deal with some trans microaggressions by mostly well meaning friends, gay yearning and,,, they all feel like real people? also more books with trans joy and us getting happy endings<33

recommended for anyone looking for a lovely sapphic graphic novel!!

rep: latina trans sapphic mc, fat lesbian mc, non binary sc, sc's of color

content warnings: transmisia(called out), misgendering(c
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halla ♡
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, arcs-read, reviews
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hiba
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
CWs: transphobia, microaggressions, harassment

Rep: lesbian MC, sapphic trans MC, nonbinary side character

My heart is so full right now. Cheer Up! is one of the most adorable, heartwarming things I've ever read in my life. It's a very feel-good f/f sports teen romance that also manages to deal with heavier topics like transphobia and harassment with care and nuance.

The art style is so vibrant and fun and did a great job at bringing the characters to life. And I adored the main characters so much
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Melinda
Cheer Up! is an adorable graphic centred around friendships, gender and identity and self-acceptance.

When angry Annie joins the cheerleading squad to make her college applications look more desirable, almost no one is happy about it - including her. The only person on the squad willing to give Annie a chance is her former friend, Bebe, a trans girl and all-round people pleaser.

I loved watching Bebe teach Annie to be more soft and vulnerable while Annie helps Bebe to stand up for herself. It was
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khi s
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An adorable graphic novel!

The other day I asked my friend if they thought trans people transitioned to only be know as that one trans person to the people around them (sarcastically of course) and in this novel BeeBee struggles with the same thing.

She’s become the token trans spokesperson and her school and doesn’t know how to stand up for herself as they continue to exploit her to prove they’re cool and progressive.

In this novel we meet her and her friend Annie who she lost touch with. Annie
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Liam
[The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

CN: transmisia, fatmisia, sexual harassment, bullying

"Cheer Up" is probably the cutest sapphic love story I ever read! I loved the characters, the trans representation was great and the ending was soo adorable! Please pre-order this book if you can!
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sasha  angélique
* e-ARC provided through NetGalley *

TW | Transphobia, Sexual Harassment


THIS WAS SO SOFT! Not even just the romance, but all the stuff that ended up developing and growing by the end. The friendships, the girls supporting each other, the family dynamic, the character development. This has been one of the best books I read in a while and in the shortest amount of time. Honestly, it's adorable and it isn't too preachy but it teaches a lesson through the principal characters, the ones that learn how
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laura &#x1f9a6;
* e-ARC provided through NetGalley *

this was so cute!

I loved everything about this graphic novel. the art style was stunning, the characters were amazing, the plot was well-written and well-developed. it definitely wasn't what I was expecting, because even though it was wholesome and mostly lighthearted, it did also touch up on really important topics that are usually hard to discuss.

one of the two main characters of this novel, Bebe, is a queer, trans girl, and oh my god. her character wasn't
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patri(zia)
Mar 12, 2021 rated it liked it
winsomely wholesome and sweetly confectioned, cheer up: love and pompoms is a warm-hearted and charismatically compassionate sports story prettified with a charming colour palette and spotlighting characters of all shapes and sizes, pressing positive credos about social pressures, support, consent and the courage needed to carve out your comfort zone. the close-knit clownery of the cheerleading cohort are easily endearing, but it's Bebe and her plight as a people-pleasing pushover endeavouring t ...more
Ana
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars *may change
Trigger warnings: transphobia, fatphobia, harassment

This was a nice, heartwarming story that managed to be cute while dealing with hard conversations on transphobia. The main characters are a Latina trans girl dealing with microaggressions from the people around her and her ex-friend who needs to join a club to get into a good college. The story follows them as friends and as something more, and it was really so touching to read. Not to mention that the art style is pretty and
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Nessa Luna [October Tune]
Thank you NetGalley and Oni Press for a review copy of this book.

This was incredibly cute and honestly, I want more! I hope this will be a series because I want more of Beebee and Annie! It kind of reminded me of Heartstopper so I highly recommend this one if you loved those graphic novels!
Justine
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this graphic novel! It was short but sweet and I consumed it in one sitting! The story was really sweet and I loved all the characters, Bebe was by far my most favourite though of course! The art was beautiful and it definitely left me wanting more. The story was a little off at times, I wished there had been more about Bebe and her relationship with her parents but I guess it wasn't supposed to be the main focus so I can let that go! I would totally recommend it for someone who want's a ...more
Isaiah
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I got an ARC of this book.

Look at that cover! It is so perfectly me. I needed this book the moment I saw it. SO MUCH YES.

I need queer romance. I need trans romance in particular. Have a trans MC find love is just so yes for me.

The book handles the trans plots in such a unique way. There is of course THE TRANS PLOT of the trans character transitioning and there being transphobia. The thing is, some of the transphobia is the kind where the people say t
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Victoria
4/19/21 (later on in the day)
TW/CW: Transphobia (some contested), sexual harassment, fatphobia, microaggresions, bullying

When I randomly downloaded this title on Netgalley, I didn’t think this story would have such an impact on me. I saw that gorgeous cover, read that it was a sapphic romance with other LGBTQIA+ themes, and didn’t really read much farther - and honestly, I love that I went into it kinda blind. Cheer Up is the story of two teen girls who used to be friends. For an unknown rea
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Annie (Annie's Readingtips)
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, graphic
This graphic novel was so utterly adorable! I loved the art, the wonderful characters and the witty dialogues. It really warmed my heart with its perfect mix of teenage angst and cheerleading, queerness and character growth, and the way it illustrated how hurtful people’s comments can be and the powerful message that no one should ever need to be afraid to be who they are. It was just completely irresistible and such an important eye-opener!

The story follows the smart, but antisocial lesbian Ann
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mace
I am so pleasantly surprised by how much love and growth are contained in this graphic novel. In about 130 pages, characters are introduced, form new relationships, and even learn and grow from prejudice and past mistakes. Bebe and Annie are both isolated from their peers in their own ways, but they both learn to connect with others and challenge others' prejudices about them and the resulting friendships and bonds were so heart-warming to read about. Most of all I appreciate how the cheerleadin ...more
Celina
Mar 25, 2021 rated it liked it
I have never read any graphic novels before, but Cheer Up! has been popping up all over my social media. When I looked into it and saw it was a quick wholesome comic filled with representation, I decided to pick it up! Who wouldn't like an adorable quick read that is meant to lift your spirits?

I am so happy I read this. I got emotional seeing how accepting everyone was and seeing a trans cheerleader be accepted by their squad. I also loved the sunshine/grumpy trope. Bebe and Annie were such a jo
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Josee Blanchard
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Got this copy for free with Netgalley.

This graphic novel is the most adorable. From the characters to the art style, super adorable.

I loved all the presentation of people of colour. To LGBTQ+ representation, to transgenders. With parents just wanting to protect their child. I feel that this kind of novel needs to be in school. And needs to be talked about more. Before yesterday, I had not heard about this and it needs to be talked more for sure.

I only have one thing that I would have loved. I
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Cash
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and Oni Press for making this available...

Oh my word!

I don't think I could put into words how much I loved this. From cover to cover this was a beautiful wholesome read. I'm so happy that we finally have a well explained, mainly positive and sweet graphic novel with Trans, non-binary and lesbian characters, we really need more like this!

Beebee and Annie are really cute together, and to see Annie stick up for Beebee when it comes to people trying to belittle and take adva
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Carmen
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Me liking something related with cheerleaders? A bunch of stereotypes in my head were screaming "No way" but I couldn't be more wrong.
Annie is your typical smart but antisocial girl starting her senior year of high school. To her dismay she has to join the cheerleader squad to make friends and round out her college applications. There, she reconnects with her former friend BeeBee - a trans girl who must keep her parents happy with her grades and social life to keep their support of her transiti
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R.J. Sorrento
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was an adorable YA graphic novel with gorgeous art. I loved the body positivity and the way it tackled tough topics such as transphobia and harassment.

The characters were flawed and authentic, and the artwork really brought them to life.

I’d recommend this to every reader no matter the age to learn more about what it is to be trans and how difficult it can be to navigate even the smallest and mundane daily activities as a trans person. If nothing else I hope it teaches and reinforces compas
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Steven
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
THIS. WAS. SO. CUTE! Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms follows a lesbian high schooler and a trans cheerleader as they navigate a slew of interpersonal challenges. The authors touch on many important elements in a short- to medium-length graphic novel, resulting in a fast-paced story that will have no trouble holding the attention of young readers. The illustration style is excellent and the lettering is superbly clear! I'm glad I took the time to read this warm-hearted, inclusive graphic novel.

Thanks
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Mary (bookstorevibe)
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-releases
4/5 ✨
Heartstopper, Fence, Check, Please! and now Cheer Up - I guess I really enjoy graphic novels with queer people doing sports?

Cheer Up was an adorable graphic novel about an angry, lesbian, fat girl and a shy, trans girl falling in love with each other. Annie and BeeBee are so cute together and I loved that Annie learns how to be more gentle and BeeBee learns how to stand up for herself - they balance each other out perfectly. They used to be friends, grew apart and then develop feelings for
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Lydia Hephzibah
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love love love! A must read for fans of Heartstoppers.

I adored this graphic novel! Not only is the art gorgeous but the characters are wonderful and I especially loved that the cheer squad isn't made up of all skinny girls - there are people of every shape and size in the group, which I loved seeing. The art is fantastic and I love Annie and Bebe. I'll be keeping an eye out for anything else by Crystal and Val!
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