Around this time last year, I listened to Little Monsters by Kara Thomas on audio book & LOVED it. I decided to pick up Kara’s newest release The Cheerleaders.
Synopsis: There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.
First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.
That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.
There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.
Thoughts: This book did a really good job at showing the effects of grief that Monica felt. We also got to learn more about Monica’s sister, Jennifer by taking us back 5 years ago & learning more about what really happened. We don’t find out what happened until the end, so it left me guessing. The entire time, I was really thinking that we knew who the killer was.. but boy was I wrong. I was captivated by the characters and plot. I loved the new friendship that Monica developed and I loved hearing a little bit more about Ginny’s side of things at the end. I am trash for all things Kara Thomas. I have one more book of hers to read and I cant wait!