Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms

This was hands down one of the sweetest things I’ve read in a long time. From page one you have Annie this spunky, angry, defiant person who is forced to try out for the cheerleading team so she can soften up and make some friends. Then you have Bebe, a trans girl who is just trying to fly under the radar and not cause any problems. She gets named captain of the cheer squad and uses her new powers to let Annie join the team. The two of them used to be best friends so when they start hanging out with each other again, new feelings start to flourish. With a lot of heart and a ton of girl power, this book shows that love and friendship are all the power we need to get anything done.

I really loved all the representation in this book. We have Annie and Bebe two queer girls (I believe Annie is a lesbian, Bebe is trans but no sexuality label was mentioned, but she does like girls), and Edie who is a non-binary character. I loved how everyone interacted and I loved the arc of Bebe’s relationship with the people in her life. Her pain and her desire to be unseen are so real and sad, but she learns her strength and how to stand up for herself. Annie’s mom is also an amazing character. So fun and fierce and loving, you love to see it.

The only negative thing I can say about this book is that it wasn’t long enough. I want more! I want more about these girls and their lives. Hopefully there’s a sequel, I know I’ll be reading anything else this author comes out with purely because this ticked so many of my boxes. I love a f/f romance with two opposites attracting. If you aren’t too sure about reading a graphic novel, I say just try it this once, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. There is so much heart in this story and so much growth from all of the characters, it’s really just…. swell lol. Seriously though, there’s not a whole lot missing from this so if it sounds even remotely interesting or ticks any of your boxes, READ THIS.

Published by keelinrita

A Chicago girl with a lot of feelings about fictional people.

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