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Posted May 26, 2012
Kimberly Dana’s latest book will bring hours of reading pleasure to teen girls, especially those with a particular interest in cheerleading.
Years ago, a murder was committed in a cheerleading camp: a beautiful teenager with beautiful red flowing hair was drowned in the lake. Rumors say the killer was her best friend.
Now, ten years later, our witty protagonist Tiki Tinklemeyer is put in the same camp by her parents, who want their daughter to become more social and outgoing. But Tiki couldn’t hate the situation more. She feels awkward and out of place, to say the least. She’s not into fashion, makeup and boys, like the other girls in the camp. Worst of all, she’s never done cheerleading in her life! How could her parents have been so cruel? How will she possibly fit in? Thank God, one of her roommates, Rubi, turns out to be rather nice.
Soon, Tiki finds out about the ten-year old murder and the rumors that the dead girl’s ghost still roams the camp. Tiki can handle rumors of ghosts. After all, she’s an intelligent girl with common sense. However, things take a turn for the worse when strange events begin to take place in the camp. Is it one of the girls playing a trick on her — or is it the ghost of the murdered girl?
This was a delightful read! Dana really has a talent for getting inside the head of teen girls. The voice is young and fresh and the pace moves quickly with lots of fun, quirky dialogue. So this is a soft horror story with a humorous twist. The story was intriguing enough to keep me reading throughout, and the ending was good, promising more to come in Book Two. The only thing I found a little annoying was how the author wrote the dialogue by some of the girls in capitals. At times it was too much, and I found it distracting. Because of this detail, I’m going to give this book 4.5 instead of 5. Recommended!
Posted April 16, 2012
Posted April 15, 2012
Reviewed by Laura Carter for Readers Favorite
Tiki Tinklemeyer is a manga loving social misfit who has been sent to cheerleading camp by her well-meaning adoptive parents in an attempt to get her to make some new friends. Unfortunately for Tiki, 10 years earlier the cheerleading captain was murdered at camp and weird things have been happening ever since. When bad things start happening to the girls in Tiki’s cabin, they originally think they are just being pranked by other girls, but then the pranks start to get creepier and scarier and Tiki starts seeing things. Is it all just a prank or is it something much more sinister happening at camp valentine?
This is a very funny book that successfully uses comedy to offset the horror that is happening. It is very rare for a book to be able to be both funny and scary at the same time but Kimberly Dana has managed very well in "Cheerage Fearage". The characters are somewhat clichéd and very over-the-top but that is part of their appeal and what makes them so lovable. I loved Tiki – the socially awkward geek who finds herself very surprised that she is actually enjoying cheer camp and starting to make friends only to then have to deal with an apparently haunted cabin. This book had me hooked and I didn’t put it down once until I was finished. The story starts out ok but steadily gets better and better and the ending is fantastic. This book should be read if only for the ending. The last page surprised me and absolutely blew my mind. I am looking forward to reading more by this author and I am desperately hoping that we will hear more about Tiki and her friends.