Getting on the cheerleading squad is hard enough without a psycho on the loose…
For Harrow High freshman Dakota Densford, life should be easy. All she has to worry about is talking to cute boys and remembering her locker combination. But when cheerleading tryouts draw near, she learns the cards are stacked against her—spots on the varsity team are limited. Dakota faces her competition head-on, but when her life is threatened, that takes the competition to a whole new level.
High school is never easy, and freshman year is off to a rough start…
Between Dakota’s uniform being ripped up and masked vandals trashing another girl’s house, everyone is suspect. To complicate matters further, Dakota has a thing for Andy McGraw, but she finds him locking lips with another girl.
The harassment continues, and when Dakota finds suspicious flyers inside her best friend’s locker, she doesn’t know what to think. The principal’s unfeeling, overachiever daughter, Brittani Barlow, will do anything to secure her place on the team. But Dakota’s neighbor, on the other hand, definitely fits the profile of a sociopath.
Cheerleading has become a game of life or death.
What’s It About?
Dakota is a Harrow High freshman who has been preparing for cheerleading tryouts her whole life. She desperately wants to make the varsity squad and her motivation is spurred further when she learns a boy she likes is on the basketball team.
Unfortunately, a sociopath is on the loose at Harrow High, who seems to be particularly interested in the cheerleaders. When pranks become crimes, Dakota is unsure of who to trust… But as they say, the game must still go on.
What was fun about this book was the world-building/setting. I pictured my own high school as I was reading – the cafeteria, gymnasium, classrooms, etc. Anyone who is or has been in high school can relate to this story. It was a nostalgic experience for me.
You don’t need to identify with cheerleaders to enjoy this story. Dakota’s character was sweet and down-to-earth; not the snobbish, bubble-headed girl who cheerleaders are often stereotyped as. I really enjoyed Dakota’s character and enjoyed seeing the world through her eyes. –(First person POV)
And then the author throws a deranged sociopath into the mix of cheerleading and basketball games. 🙂 This is why I love Author Carissa Ann Lynch. And boy oh boy was this person DERANGED! –I’m talking squirm in your seat, stomp your foot, yell at your book, deranged!
5 out of 5 pom poms!
Enjoy a good whodunit? Then be sure to get your copy of Cheerleading Can Be Murder, available for purchase on April 5th, 2016! (Now available for pre-order!)
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About the Author
Besides my family, my greatest love in life is books. Reading them, writing them, holding them, smelling them…well, you get the idea. I’ve always loved to read, and some of my earliest childhood memories are me, tucked away in my room, lost in a good book. I received a five dollar allowance each week, and I always — always — spent it on books. My love affair with writing started early, but it mostly involved journaling and writing silly poems. Several years ago, I didn’t have a book to read so I decided on a whim to write my own story, something I’d like to read. It turned out to be harder than I thought, but from that point on I was hooked. I’m the author of the Flocksdale Files trilogy, This Is Not About Love, Grayson’s Ridge, and the Horror High Series. I live in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with my husband and children.
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