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

  • Jessie
    Apr 30, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

    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...

    Come outta Shabbos like A KATRILLION THOUGHTS ON TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS WHOO Ok so grabbed this book off a display at Farmington Library too, thought it would also be some stupid light fluff I?d have issues with and yes ok it?s YA light fiction involving a high schooler and drama b...

    Sometimes I think cheerleaders get a bad rap. They're so often objectified and seen as Barbie dolls and potential sex objects or even the school's Mean Girls. While clearly some of those assumptions might be true in some cases, it isn't always the case as shown in this novel. Junior Je...

    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...

    One of the main thing I liked about this book was Jenna's best friend, Raejean, and her cheerleading team slowly distancing from her. I personally thought that Jenna's experience with the whole passive aggressive behavior of her friends and her reaction felt real and relatable. So thou...

    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...

    Well, this book was not a total love for me, but I have to say it contained some really interesting idea. First of all the way the main character, Jenna was written was refreshing and absolutely believable. The struggles of her could seem self-centered, but honestly, the way she handl...

    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...

    Squad attempted to be a sort of Heathers-type story, especially considering McCarthy is a playwright and thus experienced in scriptwriting, but it definitely did not translate well to novel format. The biggest problem with the book is that the narration did a fun little flip and tur...

    In some ways, this centers on a friendship breakup, but it's also about Jenna moving from self-centeredness to finding new community and caring about it. Jenna is an unreliable narrator in many ways, and I know her self-centeredness is a big part of the story. But I wish the differ...

  • Barbara
    May 01, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

    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...

    Come outta Shabbos like A KATRILLION THOUGHTS ON TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS WHOO Ok so grabbed this book off a display at Farmington Library too, thought it would also be some stupid light fluff I?d have issues with and yes ok it?s YA light fiction involving a high schooler and drama b...

    Sometimes I think cheerleaders get a bad rap. They're so often objectified and seen as Barbie dolls and potential sex objects or even the school's Mean Girls. While clearly some of those assumptions might be true in some cases, it isn't always the case as shown in this novel. Junior Je...

  • Sara Grossaint
    Mar 19, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

    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...

    Come outta Shabbos like A KATRILLION THOUGHTS ON TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS WHOO Ok so grabbed this book off a display at Farmington Library too, thought it would also be some stupid light fluff I?d have issues with and yes ok it?s YA light fiction involving a high schooler and drama b...

    Sometimes I think cheerleaders get a bad rap. They're so often objectified and seen as Barbie dolls and potential sex objects or even the school's Mean Girls. While clearly some of those assumptions might be true in some cases, it isn't always the case as shown in this novel. Junior Je...

    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...

    One of the main thing I liked about this book was Jenna's best friend, Raejean, and her cheerleading team slowly distancing from her. I personally thought that Jenna's experience with the whole passive aggressive behavior of her friends and her reaction felt real and relatable. So thou...

    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...

    Well, this book was not a total love for me, but I have to say it contained some really interesting idea. First of all the way the main character, Jenna was written was refreshing and absolutely believable. The struggles of her could seem self-centered, but honestly, the way she handl...

    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...

  • Teresa in ohio
    Jun 06, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

    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...

    Come outta Shabbos like A KATRILLION THOUGHTS ON TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS WHOO Ok so grabbed this book off a display at Farmington Library too, thought it would also be some stupid light fluff I?d have issues with and yes ok it?s YA light fiction involving a high schooler and drama b...

    Sometimes I think cheerleaders get a bad rap. They're so often objectified and seen as Barbie dolls and potential sex objects or even the school's Mean Girls. While clearly some of those assumptions might be true in some cases, it isn't always the case as shown in this novel. Junior Je...

    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...

    One of the main thing I liked about this book was Jenna's best friend, Raejean, and her cheerleading team slowly distancing from her. I personally thought that Jenna's experience with the whole passive aggressive behavior of her friends and her reaction felt real and relatable. So thou...

    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...

    Well, this book was not a total love for me, but I have to say it contained some really interesting idea. First of all the way the main character, Jenna was written was refreshing and absolutely believable. The struggles of her could seem self-centered, but honestly, the way she handl...

    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...

    Squad attempted to be a sort of Heathers-type story, especially considering McCarthy is a playwright and thus experienced in scriptwriting, but it definitely did not translate well to novel format. The biggest problem with the book is that the narration did a fun little flip and tur...

    In some ways, this centers on a friendship breakup, but it's also about Jenna moving from self-centeredness to finding new community and caring about it. Jenna is an unreliable narrator in many ways, and I know her self-centeredness is a big part of the story. But I wish the differ...

    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...

    The back cover hints as a book on bullying with mean girls but I am not sure that is what really happened. Jenna and Rajean have been best friends since grade school bonding over cheer and dance. As they enter tenth grade a rift happens. Jenna no longer finds Rajean funny, her cute nam...

  • Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
    Jul 09, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

  • Andrea
    May 18, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

  • Amber
    Mar 01, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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

    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 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. ...

  • Vivien
    May 12, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

    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...

    Come outta Shabbos like A KATRILLION THOUGHTS ON TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS WHOO Ok so grabbed this book off a display at Farmington Library too, thought it would also be some stupid light fluff I?d have issues with and yes ok it?s YA light fiction involving a high schooler and drama b...

    Sometimes I think cheerleaders get a bad rap. They're so often objectified and seen as Barbie dolls and potential sex objects or even the school's Mean Girls. While clearly some of those assumptions might be true in some cases, it isn't always the case as shown in this novel. Junior Je...

    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...

    One of the main thing I liked about this book was Jenna's best friend, Raejean, and her cheerleading team slowly distancing from her. I personally thought that Jenna's experience with the whole passive aggressive behavior of her friends and her reaction felt real and relatable. So thou...

    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...

    Well, this book was not a total love for me, but I have to say it contained some really interesting idea. First of all the way the main character, Jenna was written was refreshing and absolutely believable. The struggles of her could seem self-centered, but honestly, the way she handl...

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Mar 08, 2019

    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...

  • Jennifer
    May 10, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

  • Matt Tynan
    Dec 30, 2018

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

    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

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Mar 06, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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

    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 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

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

    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...

    Come outta Shabbos like A KATRILLION THOUGHTS ON TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS WHOO Ok so grabbed this book off a display at Farmington Library too, thought it would also be some stupid light fluff I?d have issues with and yes ok it?s YA light fiction involving a high schooler and drama b...

    Sometimes I think cheerleaders get a bad rap. They're so often objectified and seen as Barbie dolls and potential sex objects or even the school's Mean Girls. While clearly some of those assumptions might be true in some cases, it isn't always the case as shown in this novel. Junior Je...

    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...

    One of the main thing I liked about this book was Jenna's best friend, Raejean, and her cheerleading team slowly distancing from her. I personally thought that Jenna's experience with the whole passive aggressive behavior of her friends and her reaction felt real and relatable. So thou...

    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...

    Well, this book was not a total love for me, but I have to say it contained some really interesting idea. First of all the way the main character, Jenna was written was refreshing and absolutely believable. The struggles of her could seem self-centered, but honestly, the way she handl...

    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...

    Squad attempted to be a sort of Heathers-type story, especially considering McCarthy is a playwright and thus experienced in scriptwriting, but it definitely did not translate well to novel format. The biggest problem with the book is that the narration did a fun little flip and tur...

    In some ways, this centers on a friendship breakup, but it's also about Jenna moving from self-centeredness to finding new community and caring about it. Jenna is an unreliable narrator in many ways, and I know her self-centeredness is a big part of the story. But I wish the differ...

    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

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

    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...

    Come outta Shabbos like A KATRILLION THOUGHTS ON TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS WHOO Ok so grabbed this book off a display at Farmington Library too, thought it would also be some stupid light fluff I?d have issues with and yes ok it?s YA light fiction involving a high schooler and drama b...

    Sometimes I think cheerleaders get a bad rap. They're so often objectified and seen as Barbie dolls and potential sex objects or even the school's Mean Girls. While clearly some of those assumptions might be true in some cases, it isn't always the case as shown in this novel. Junior Je...

    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...

    One of the main thing I liked about this book was Jenna's best friend, Raejean, and her cheerleading team slowly distancing from her. I personally thought that Jenna's experience with the whole passive aggressive behavior of her friends and her reaction felt real and relatable. So thou...

    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...

  • Flavia
    Apr 11, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

  • Belle Ellrich
    Jan 20, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

  • Shira
    Jun 29, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

    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...

    Come outta Shabbos like A KATRILLION THOUGHTS ON TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS WHOO Ok so grabbed this book off a display at Farmington Library too, thought it would also be some stupid light fluff I?d have issues with and yes ok it?s YA light fiction involving a high schooler and drama b...

  • Natalie ⭐
    Jun 15, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

  • Annie
    Feb 27, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

    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...

    Come outta Shabbos like A KATRILLION THOUGHTS ON TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS WHOO Ok so grabbed this book off a display at Farmington Library too, thought it would also be some stupid light fluff I?d have issues with and yes ok it?s YA light fiction involving a high schooler and drama b...

    Sometimes I think cheerleaders get a bad rap. They're so often objectified and seen as Barbie dolls and potential sex objects or even the school's Mean Girls. While clearly some of those assumptions might be true in some cases, it isn't always the case as shown in this novel. Junior Je...

    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...

  • Olivia
    Jun 15, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

    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...

    Come outta Shabbos like A KATRILLION THOUGHTS ON TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS WHOO Ok so grabbed this book off a display at Farmington Library too, thought it would also be some stupid light fluff I?d have issues with and yes ok it?s YA light fiction involving a high schooler and drama b...

    Sometimes I think cheerleaders get a bad rap. They're so often objectified and seen as Barbie dolls and potential sex objects or even the school's Mean Girls. While clearly some of those assumptions might be true in some cases, it isn't always the case as shown in this novel. Junior Je...

    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...

    One of the main thing I liked about this book was Jenna's best friend, Raejean, and her cheerleading team slowly distancing from her. I personally thought that Jenna's experience with the whole passive aggressive behavior of her friends and her reaction felt real and relatable. So thou...

  • Zoe Bushman
    Jun 27, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

    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...

    Come outta Shabbos like A KATRILLION THOUGHTS ON TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS WHOO Ok so grabbed this book off a display at Farmington Library too, thought it would also be some stupid light fluff I?d have issues with and yes ok it?s YA light fiction involving a high schooler and drama b...

    Sometimes I think cheerleaders get a bad rap. They're so often objectified and seen as Barbie dolls and potential sex objects or even the school's Mean Girls. While clearly some of those assumptions might be true in some cases, it isn't always the case as shown in this novel. Junior Je...

    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...

    One of the main thing I liked about this book was Jenna's best friend, Raejean, and her cheerleading team slowly distancing from her. I personally thought that Jenna's experience with the whole passive aggressive behavior of her friends and her reaction felt real and relatable. So thou...

    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...

    Well, this book was not a total love for me, but I have to say it contained some really interesting idea. First of all the way the main character, Jenna was written was refreshing and absolutely believable. The struggles of her could seem self-centered, but honestly, the way she handl...

    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...

    Squad attempted to be a sort of Heathers-type story, especially considering McCarthy is a playwright and thus experienced in scriptwriting, but it definitely did not translate well to novel format. The biggest problem with the book is that the narration did a fun little flip and tur...

  • Sara Gregory
    Mar 19, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

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

  • Lost in Book Land
    Jun 30, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

  • Ashley Rogers
    Jan 06, 2019

    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 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. ...

    I need more! This ended so soon and I want more PLEASE! In Squad, we follow Jenna Watson, a cheerleader who lately can't do anything right. Her best friend, Raejean, has been avoiding her to hang out with Meghan Finnegan. Jenna also feels apart from the rest of the squad, could the sma...

    Initial Impressions 7/9/19: SQUAD was a very quick and interesting read! There was a lot to appreciate here from diverse characters, sibling friendships, transitioning friend groups, and even a bit of geek appreciation. What I didn't love was that it kind of lacked direction in terms o...

    Hello Again! Recently I finished reading two books! This is the second of those two books with the first being With the Fire on High (my review for that should already be posted). I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Squad as an ebook ARC through Netgalley a while back and honest...

    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...

    I was really excited about Squad when I first heard about it because it was pitched as a mix of Mean Girls and Bring it On (which are both movies that I really enjoy)! When I picked the book up and started reading, however, I found that the tone of the main character, Jenna, and the at...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    This book was a solid 2/5 stars until it hit chapter 20, when the book has a huge tonal shift. Warnings for mentions of self harm and frank discussions for suicide and death. I went into this book expecting a story about a cheerleader being kicked off her ?squad? and falling ...

    *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...

    Wow. This book was so much more than I was expecting. ...

    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...