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What I Learned From Being A Cheerleader

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    Great Book!!

    Wow. Adrianne truly captures the life of a middle school students perfectly. I see so much of the control versus popularity in the kids that I teach everyday. Mixed in as a resident nerd, Elaine decides to increase her popularity by becoming a cheerleader, however finds out that it seems to make her more of a loser at times. She struggles with the question of how can the popular kids be the meanest kids at school. Does that really ever seem to change?

    Elaine learns to stick to who she really is and realizes that popularity doesn't compete with have a couple really good friends who always stick by your side no matter what.

    What story isn't complete without that crazy, hysterically-funny Grandma too!?! I laughed out loud several times at the things her Grandma would say.

    Great book! Thanks Adrianne!

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  • Posted November 2, 2010

    So much fun!

    This book was so much fun. It's a delightfully witty look at middle school and the kids who occupy it. The main character, 11 yr old Elaine, is smart, funny and ridden with typical middle-school problems. Yet her sense of humor and insight will keep you not only rooting for her, but turning the pages as well. After you finish, you'll want a copy for your favorite middle schooler.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

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    Quick, Fun, Insightful Read

    I'm going to admit that I wasn't sure about this book at first because, being the biggest nerd in the world, I really am not in love with cheerleading or cheerleaders, but as a teacher, I was very interested to see how the events of this story would play out. I was also concerned by the fact that the entire text of the book takes the form of journal entries. My doubts about this book, however, were completely erased by reading it.

    I was blown away by Adrianne Ambrose's amazing characterization of a sixth grade girl. Each journal entry kept me interested in reading the next (and the next, and the next). The entries remind me so much of the diary I kept in middle school - complete with the "I hate [insert name here]" or "My life is sooo over," etc. Although my experiences were different from Elaine's, there is just something about the particular brand of misery that is middle school that all girls share, and that element is beautifully displayed here.

    I know that my students will love this book, as well. Kids this age love being in each other's business, so I know that the diary format would be a huge appeal for both girls and even boys, who act like they don't care what's going on in the female mind. Although there are quite a few positive messages that all middle schoolers need to hear in this book, it still comes across as authentic and not at all preachy.

    I would highlight recommend this for classroom libraries, to anyone who has a middle-school age student, and I would also recommend it to older nerds and non-nerds alike. It's a fun, fast read that is witty and fresh.

    Book provided by the publisher for a fair review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Loved it but...

    I did love this book but it was like childish
    It really shouldnt bein this section

    Fashionably yours,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Awesome creative

    I live this book i had to grt it on my kindle fire too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CreativeN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Loved it<3

    It was great i feel like that sometimes

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