Squad

Squad

This darkly comic debut novel by an award-winning playwright is like Mean Girls meets Heathers with a splash of Bring it On. Jenna Watson is a cheerleader. But it?s not some Hollywood crap. Cheerleaders are not every guy?s fantasy; they are not the ?popular girls? or the ?mean girls? of Marsen High School. They?re too busy for that. They're literally just some human females This darkly comic debut novel by an award-winning playwright is like Mean Girls meets Heathers with a s...

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Title:Squad
Author:Mariah MacCarthy
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:0374307504
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:249 pages pages

Squad Reviews

  • Laura
    Apr 14, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

    This book started out well, but it becomes clear as the story goes on that the author had no real idea of what story she was telling. The development of characters were as deep as a kiddie pool. The title only fits the first couple chapters of the book and could be better named. Pa...

    This story captures the essence of extreme, volatile, confusing teen emotions (and, if we're being real, some adult emotions!). I loved visiting Jenna's world and found myself very invested in her happiness by the end of the book, despite wincing at the impulsive poor decisions she mak...

  • Sara Grossaint
    Mar 19, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

  • dumplin’
    Mar 30, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

  • Ash
    Feb 06, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

    This book started out well, but it becomes clear as the story goes on that the author had no real idea of what story she was telling. The development of characters were as deep as a kiddie pool. The title only fits the first couple chapters of the book and could be better named. Pa...

    This story captures the essence of extreme, volatile, confusing teen emotions (and, if we're being real, some adult emotions!). I loved visiting Jenna's world and found myself very invested in her happiness by the end of the book, despite wincing at the impulsive poor decisions she mak...

    I liked the first half of the book better than the second half - the first half was "as advertised" about a girl being passive-aggressively mean-girled on her cheerleading squad. It was interesting and well-written, and very believable about how the other girls were acting and the hurt...

    Summary sounded interesting but couldn't make myself keep reading after the protagonist thought about suicide (and only didn't because other people's reactions to her death would have been annoying), spent several weeks in a revenge-fueled haze towards the bff she suddenly finds hersel...

    There was a certain amount of trudging through the beginning of this book. I felt like it was a lot of whining and it moved slowly at first. That being said, the character development was amazing. It's very inclusive and informative, as well as setting a good example for emotions and b...

    Found this book at the bookstore and knew instantly it was for me . Stayed up all night and read this book in one sitting . I laughed , I cried , I had moment of anxiousness. The book took a turn I was not expecting, but could not have related to something more than this . Sooo happy I...

    I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. When I first started this book I wasn't sure I would like it but it ended up being really good. Jenna's character took a little getting used to because her behavior is little bizarre but the story of her gro...

    I rather liked this book. I think it?s really cool how it portrays an ending of an intense female friendship and shows that platonic relationships can be just as important has romantic ones. You don?t really see a lot of books that show ?friend breakups,? but they?re such a u...

    idk why but i really did think jenna was going to start killing the other cheerleaders this was nice and a quick read and my rating may go up at some point ...

    as soon as I read "relationship with a transgender man" I tossed it in the garbage ...

    This was a fast read and covers lots of important topics. ...

    I'm pretty sure Mariah MacCarthy is God at this point. ...

    I really liked this book, mostly because i found the main character incredibly realistic and easy to emphasize with. Jenna is a cheerleader who in her junior year starts feeling a distance between her and her best friend. She tries so hard to fix it, and nothing works, she just makes i...

  • Amber
    Mar 01, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

  • Molly
    Dec 02, 2018

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

  • Mariah
    Mar 08, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Mar 08, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

  • Meg
    Jan 03, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

    This book started out well, but it becomes clear as the story goes on that the author had no real idea of what story she was telling. The development of characters were as deep as a kiddie pool. The title only fits the first couple chapters of the book and could be better named. Pa...

    This story captures the essence of extreme, volatile, confusing teen emotions (and, if we're being real, some adult emotions!). I loved visiting Jenna's world and found myself very invested in her happiness by the end of the book, despite wincing at the impulsive poor decisions she mak...

    I liked the first half of the book better than the second half - the first half was "as advertised" about a girl being passive-aggressively mean-girled on her cheerleading squad. It was interesting and well-written, and very believable about how the other girls were acting and the hurt...

    Summary sounded interesting but couldn't make myself keep reading after the protagonist thought about suicide (and only didn't because other people's reactions to her death would have been annoying), spent several weeks in a revenge-fueled haze towards the bff she suddenly finds hersel...

  • Matt Tynan
    Dec 30, 2018

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

  • Kenzie Halbert
    Apr 02, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

  • thi
    Mar 20, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

  • Mari Johnston
    Mar 17, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

  • Darryn
    Apr 15, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

    This book started out well, but it becomes clear as the story goes on that the author had no real idea of what story she was telling. The development of characters were as deep as a kiddie pool. The title only fits the first couple chapters of the book and could be better named. Pa...

    This story captures the essence of extreme, volatile, confusing teen emotions (and, if we're being real, some adult emotions!). I loved visiting Jenna's world and found myself very invested in her happiness by the end of the book, despite wincing at the impulsive poor decisions she mak...

    I liked the first half of the book better than the second half - the first half was "as advertised" about a girl being passive-aggressively mean-girled on her cheerleading squad. It was interesting and well-written, and very believable about how the other girls were acting and the hurt...

    Summary sounded interesting but couldn't make myself keep reading after the protagonist thought about suicide (and only didn't because other people's reactions to her death would have been annoying), spent several weeks in a revenge-fueled haze towards the bff she suddenly finds hersel...

    There was a certain amount of trudging through the beginning of this book. I felt like it was a lot of whining and it moved slowly at first. That being said, the character development was amazing. It's very inclusive and informative, as well as setting a good example for emotions and b...

    Found this book at the bookstore and knew instantly it was for me . Stayed up all night and read this book in one sitting . I laughed , I cried , I had moment of anxiousness. The book took a turn I was not expecting, but could not have related to something more than this . Sooo happy I...

    I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. When I first started this book I wasn't sure I would like it but it ended up being really good. Jenna's character took a little getting used to because her behavior is little bizarre but the story of her gro...

  • Brittany
    Jan 29, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

    This book started out well, but it becomes clear as the story goes on that the author had no real idea of what story she was telling. The development of characters were as deep as a kiddie pool. The title only fits the first couple chapters of the book and could be better named. Pa...

    This story captures the essence of extreme, volatile, confusing teen emotions (and, if we're being real, some adult emotions!). I loved visiting Jenna's world and found myself very invested in her happiness by the end of the book, despite wincing at the impulsive poor decisions she mak...

    I liked the first half of the book better than the second half - the first half was "as advertised" about a girl being passive-aggressively mean-girled on her cheerleading squad. It was interesting and well-written, and very believable about how the other girls were acting and the hurt...

    Summary sounded interesting but couldn't make myself keep reading after the protagonist thought about suicide (and only didn't because other people's reactions to her death would have been annoying), spent several weeks in a revenge-fueled haze towards the bff she suddenly finds hersel...

    There was a certain amount of trudging through the beginning of this book. I felt like it was a lot of whining and it moved slowly at first. That being said, the character development was amazing. It's very inclusive and informative, as well as setting a good example for emotions and b...

    Found this book at the bookstore and knew instantly it was for me . Stayed up all night and read this book in one sitting . I laughed , I cried , I had moment of anxiousness. The book took a turn I was not expecting, but could not have related to something more than this . Sooo happy I...

    I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. When I first started this book I wasn't sure I would like it but it ended up being really good. Jenna's character took a little getting used to because her behavior is little bizarre but the story of her gro...

    I rather liked this book. I think it?s really cool how it portrays an ending of an intense female friendship and shows that platonic relationships can be just as important has romantic ones. You don?t really see a lot of books that show ?friend breakups,? but they?re such a u...

  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Mar 06, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

  • Amanda
    Feb 17, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

  • Natalie Wolf
    Apr 16, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

    This book started out well, but it becomes clear as the story goes on that the author had no real idea of what story she was telling. The development of characters were as deep as a kiddie pool. The title only fits the first couple chapters of the book and could be better named. Pa...

  • Stephanie
    Nov 30, 2018

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

  • Liam Nikitopoulos
    Apr 05, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

    This book started out well, but it becomes clear as the story goes on that the author had no real idea of what story she was telling. The development of characters were as deep as a kiddie pool. The title only fits the first couple chapters of the book and could be better named. Pa...

    This story captures the essence of extreme, volatile, confusing teen emotions (and, if we're being real, some adult emotions!). I loved visiting Jenna's world and found myself very invested in her happiness by the end of the book, despite wincing at the impulsive poor decisions she mak...

    I liked the first half of the book better than the second half - the first half was "as advertised" about a girl being passive-aggressively mean-girled on her cheerleading squad. It was interesting and well-written, and very believable about how the other girls were acting and the hurt...

    Summary sounded interesting but couldn't make myself keep reading after the protagonist thought about suicide (and only didn't because other people's reactions to her death would have been annoying), spent several weeks in a revenge-fueled haze towards the bff she suddenly finds hersel...

    There was a certain amount of trudging through the beginning of this book. I felt like it was a lot of whining and it moved slowly at first. That being said, the character development was amazing. It's very inclusive and informative, as well as setting a good example for emotions and b...

    Found this book at the bookstore and knew instantly it was for me . Stayed up all night and read this book in one sitting . I laughed , I cried , I had moment of anxiousness. The book took a turn I was not expecting, but could not have related to something more than this . Sooo happy I...

  • Dawn Ferencz
    Apr 22, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

    This book started out well, but it becomes clear as the story goes on that the author had no real idea of what story she was telling. The development of characters were as deep as a kiddie pool. The title only fits the first couple chapters of the book and could be better named. Pa...

    This story captures the essence of extreme, volatile, confusing teen emotions (and, if we're being real, some adult emotions!). I loved visiting Jenna's world and found myself very invested in her happiness by the end of the book, despite wincing at the impulsive poor decisions she mak...

    I liked the first half of the book better than the second half - the first half was "as advertised" about a girl being passive-aggressively mean-girled on her cheerleading squad. It was interesting and well-written, and very believable about how the other girls were acting and the hurt...

    Summary sounded interesting but couldn't make myself keep reading after the protagonist thought about suicide (and only didn't because other people's reactions to her death would have been annoying), spent several weeks in a revenge-fueled haze towards the bff she suddenly finds hersel...

    There was a certain amount of trudging through the beginning of this book. I felt like it was a lot of whining and it moved slowly at first. That being said, the character development was amazing. It's very inclusive and informative, as well as setting a good example for emotions and b...

    Found this book at the bookstore and knew instantly it was for me . Stayed up all night and read this book in one sitting . I laughed , I cried , I had moment of anxiousness. The book took a turn I was not expecting, but could not have related to something more than this . Sooo happy I...

    I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. When I first started this book I wasn't sure I would like it but it ended up being really good. Jenna's character took a little getting used to because her behavior is little bizarre but the story of her gro...

    I rather liked this book. I think it?s really cool how it portrays an ending of an intense female friendship and shows that platonic relationships can be just as important has romantic ones. You don?t really see a lot of books that show ?friend breakups,? but they?re such a u...

    idk why but i really did think jenna was going to start killing the other cheerleaders this was nice and a quick read and my rating may go up at some point ...

    as soon as I read "relationship with a transgender man" I tossed it in the garbage ...

    This was a fast read and covers lots of important topics. ...

  • Becca Barnett
    Feb 23, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

    This book started out well, but it becomes clear as the story goes on that the author had no real idea of what story she was telling. The development of characters were as deep as a kiddie pool. The title only fits the first couple chapters of the book and could be better named. Pa...

    This story captures the essence of extreme, volatile, confusing teen emotions (and, if we're being real, some adult emotions!). I loved visiting Jenna's world and found myself very invested in her happiness by the end of the book, despite wincing at the impulsive poor decisions she mak...

    I liked the first half of the book better than the second half - the first half was "as advertised" about a girl being passive-aggressively mean-girled on her cheerleading squad. It was interesting and well-written, and very believable about how the other girls were acting and the hurt...

    Summary sounded interesting but couldn't make myself keep reading after the protagonist thought about suicide (and only didn't because other people's reactions to her death would have been annoying), spent several weeks in a revenge-fueled haze towards the bff she suddenly finds hersel...

    There was a certain amount of trudging through the beginning of this book. I felt like it was a lot of whining and it moved slowly at first. That being said, the character development was amazing. It's very inclusive and informative, as well as setting a good example for emotions and b...

  • Belle Ellrich
    Jan 20, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

  • Annie
    Feb 27, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

  • bee
    Apr 14, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

    This book started out well, but it becomes clear as the story goes on that the author had no real idea of what story she was telling. The development of characters were as deep as a kiddie pool. The title only fits the first couple chapters of the book and could be better named. Pa...

    This story captures the essence of extreme, volatile, confusing teen emotions (and, if we're being real, some adult emotions!). I loved visiting Jenna's world and found myself very invested in her happiness by the end of the book, despite wincing at the impulsive poor decisions she mak...

    I liked the first half of the book better than the second half - the first half was "as advertised" about a girl being passive-aggressively mean-girled on her cheerleading squad. It was interesting and well-written, and very believable about how the other girls were acting and the hurt...

    Summary sounded interesting but couldn't make myself keep reading after the protagonist thought about suicide (and only didn't because other people's reactions to her death would have been annoying), spent several weeks in a revenge-fueled haze towards the bff she suddenly finds hersel...

    There was a certain amount of trudging through the beginning of this book. I felt like it was a lot of whining and it moved slowly at first. That being said, the character development was amazing. It's very inclusive and informative, as well as setting a good example for emotions and b...

    Found this book at the bookstore and knew instantly it was for me . Stayed up all night and read this book in one sitting . I laughed , I cried , I had moment of anxiousness. The book took a turn I was not expecting, but could not have related to something more than this . Sooo happy I...

    I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. When I first started this book I wasn't sure I would like it but it ended up being really good. Jenna's character took a little getting used to because her behavior is little bizarre but the story of her gro...

    I rather liked this book. I think it?s really cool how it portrays an ending of an intense female friendship and shows that platonic relationships can be just as important has romantic ones. You don?t really see a lot of books that show ?friend breakups,? but they?re such a u...

    idk why but i really did think jenna was going to start killing the other cheerleaders this was nice and a quick read and my rating may go up at some point ...

    as soon as I read "relationship with a transgender man" I tossed it in the garbage ...

    This was a fast read and covers lots of important topics. ...

    I'm pretty sure Mariah MacCarthy is God at this point. ...

  • Kelly Tarr
    Feb 25, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

    This book started out well, but it becomes clear as the story goes on that the author had no real idea of what story she was telling. The development of characters were as deep as a kiddie pool. The title only fits the first couple chapters of the book and could be better named. Pa...

    This story captures the essence of extreme, volatile, confusing teen emotions (and, if we're being real, some adult emotions!). I loved visiting Jenna's world and found myself very invested in her happiness by the end of the book, despite wincing at the impulsive poor decisions she mak...

    I liked the first half of the book better than the second half - the first half was "as advertised" about a girl being passive-aggressively mean-girled on her cheerleading squad. It was interesting and well-written, and very believable about how the other girls were acting and the hurt...

  • Sara Gregory
    Mar 19, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

  • kieran
    Apr 19, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

    This book started out well, but it becomes clear as the story goes on that the author had no real idea of what story she was telling. The development of characters were as deep as a kiddie pool. The title only fits the first couple chapters of the book and could be better named. Pa...

    This story captures the essence of extreme, volatile, confusing teen emotions (and, if we're being real, some adult emotions!). I loved visiting Jenna's world and found myself very invested in her happiness by the end of the book, despite wincing at the impulsive poor decisions she mak...

    I liked the first half of the book better than the second half - the first half was "as advertised" about a girl being passive-aggressively mean-girled on her cheerleading squad. It was interesting and well-written, and very believable about how the other girls were acting and the hurt...

    Summary sounded interesting but couldn't make myself keep reading after the protagonist thought about suicide (and only didn't because other people's reactions to her death would have been annoying), spent several weeks in a revenge-fueled haze towards the bff she suddenly finds hersel...

    There was a certain amount of trudging through the beginning of this book. I felt like it was a lot of whining and it moved slowly at first. That being said, the character development was amazing. It's very inclusive and informative, as well as setting a good example for emotions and b...

    Found this book at the bookstore and knew instantly it was for me . Stayed up all night and read this book in one sitting . I laughed , I cried , I had moment of anxiousness. The book took a turn I was not expecting, but could not have related to something more than this . Sooo happy I...

    I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. When I first started this book I wasn't sure I would like it but it ended up being really good. Jenna's character took a little getting used to because her behavior is little bizarre but the story of her gro...

    I rather liked this book. I think it?s really cool how it portrays an ending of an intense female friendship and shows that platonic relationships can be just as important has romantic ones. You don?t really see a lot of books that show ?friend breakups,? but they?re such a u...

    idk why but i really did think jenna was going to start killing the other cheerleaders this was nice and a quick read and my rating may go up at some point ...

  • Ashley Rogers
    Jan 06, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

  • Just1MorePage
    Mar 21, 2019

    I really liked parts of this novel and other parts I just totally couldn't relate with. Overall if wound up being not for me. The writing is good, but the plot could use some work. I don't read a lot of contemporaries, but I felt drawn to this one and really enjoyed it for a while, but...

    If you think I want to read this because the author has the same name as me, and it comes out 6 days before my 26th birthday... you would be right. ...

    3.5 stars, rounded up Cheerleading. Best friends. LARPing. Falling in and out of relationships. All in a sophomore year, right? Holy moly do I have feels about this book. I'm so torn. For the purposes of talking freely about this book and my feelings, I'm going to put the rest...

    I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book; I think I thought this would be a darker book, but instead we got your classic coming-to-age story. I'm happy I read it, but it's not something I would have picked up on my own. The story followed Jenna who was quickly dropp...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought this was going to be a story about cheerleading, but it's really a tale of one girl's struggle, when she loses her "squad". Jenna couldn't figure out when or why it all began, but her teammates were icing her ou...

    I feel like you could easily read either too much or too little into this but I?m taking this at surface value and just want to say that you need to have been a teenage girl to be here for it I?m sure we?ve all had bouts of vindictiveness and I feel like this story nailed tha...

    sjdjdjd no offense what was the plot of this book ...

    This was just alright for me. The book felt overly weighed down with cliches and stereotypes despite trying so desperately to be fresh. A brief summary: Jenna is a cheerleader, but she wants you to know she isn't a stereotypical cheerleader. The story follows her as she has a mini-b...

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. The tone of Squad is one of the most authentic I?ve ever read. Everything, from the characters themselves to the way they talked, the situations they were in and the way they reacted to them, was all so gen...

    I sat down to read something fun and light and stumbled upon a book that felt like it was written for me. I felt so completely transported back to my time on a team not unlike Jenna?s: the intensity, the fierce loyalty, the complicated friendships wrapped up in competition and sister...

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.* You know, I always thought that my cheerleading days were behind me. That I'd forgotten everything about tuck jumps, and toe touches, and high and low v's. But this book brought aaaalll of those memories back. I almo...

    Charming book about a teen girl that goes from self-absorbed to scrappy. ...

    I?m not usually one for stories about cheerleaders, but MacCarthy?s debut was engaging, authentic, and tender. I finished it in three days and could hardly put it down. Jenna, a very human cheerleader, starts to feel a growing distance between her and her best friend Raejean. Sh...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squad. I think what I enjoyed most about it was McCarthy's ability to create really awesome characters and a plot that made me feel for Jenna, her plight, and how sometimes friends drift apart and the jealousy and lack of understanding we feel when this hap...

    There are some things I liked about this book, and some things that I disliked. You can find out the specifics in my blog review, here, but here is the main gist: Likes: - A portrayal of cheerleading that isn't a total stereotype - Relatable depictions of common teenage strugg...

    Squad is an intriguing, if uneven, story of a teen cheerleader named Jenna who tries to navigate a world without her best friend, Raejean. Their relationship had been off since junior year started and, unable to understand why, Jenna proceeds to drive herself a little bit mad in attemp...

    I'm overflowing with affection for this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't just a little bit longer...but that's something that's wrong with most YA contemporaries. I just hardcore identified with our main character, Jenna throughout basically this entire book. I've never qu...

    This book started out well, but it becomes clear as the story goes on that the author had no real idea of what story she was telling. The development of characters were as deep as a kiddie pool. The title only fits the first couple chapters of the book and could be better named. Pa...

    This story captures the essence of extreme, volatile, confusing teen emotions (and, if we're being real, some adult emotions!). I loved visiting Jenna's world and found myself very invested in her happiness by the end of the book, despite wincing at the impulsive poor decisions she mak...

    I liked the first half of the book better than the second half - the first half was "as advertised" about a girl being passive-aggressively mean-girled on her cheerleading squad. It was interesting and well-written, and very believable about how the other girls were acting and the hurt...

    Summary sounded interesting but couldn't make myself keep reading after the protagonist thought about suicide (and only didn't because other people's reactions to her death would have been annoying), spent several weeks in a revenge-fueled haze towards the bff she suddenly finds hersel...

    There was a certain amount of trudging through the beginning of this book. I felt like it was a lot of whining and it moved slowly at first. That being said, the character development was amazing. It's very inclusive and informative, as well as setting a good example for emotions and b...

    Found this book at the bookstore and knew instantly it was for me . Stayed up all night and read this book in one sitting . I laughed , I cried , I had moment of anxiousness. The book took a turn I was not expecting, but could not have related to something more than this . Sooo happy I...

    I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. When I first started this book I wasn't sure I would like it but it ended up being really good. Jenna's character took a little getting used to because her behavior is little bizarre but the story of her gro...

    I rather liked this book. I think it?s really cool how it portrays an ending of an intense female friendship and shows that platonic relationships can be just as important has romantic ones. You don?t really see a lot of books that show ?friend breakups,? but they?re such a u...

    idk why but i really did think jenna was going to start killing the other cheerleaders this was nice and a quick read and my rating may go up at some point ...

    as soon as I read "relationship with a transgender man" I tossed it in the garbage ...