The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

by Charity Tahmaseb, Darcy Vance
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The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb, Darcy Vance

When self-proclaimed geek girl Bethany becomes the newest member of the varsity cheerleading squad, she realizes that there’s one thing worse than blending in to the lockers: getting noticed. Who knew cheerleading was so hard? Well, at least there’s a manual. Too bad it doesn’t cover any of the tough questions like: What do you do when the head cheerleader spills her beer on you at your first in-crowd party? And how do you protect your best friend from the biggest player in the senior class? Bethany is going to need all her geek brainpower just to survive the season!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439164334
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 05/19/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 349 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Charity Tahmaseb
was a 2003 Golden Heart finalist, and one of her short stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Minnesota.

Darcy Vance
‘s essays on family life have appeared in regional newspapers, and her first novel was a finalist in the Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest. She lives in Indiana.
Charity Tahmaseb was a 2003 Golden Heart finalist, and one of her short stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the co-author, with Darcy Vance, of The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading, and lives in Minnesota. Visit her at
Darcy Vance's essays on family life have appeared in regional newspapers and her first novel was a finalist in the Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest. She is the co-author, with Charity Tahmaseb, of The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading, and lives in Indiana. Visit her at

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Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
BOOOOOKS More than 1 year ago
A friend lent me this book, and I thoroughlly enjoyed it, rereading and all. I remind myself of Bethany, we're both kind of geeks. Something like cheerleading has always been an off-limits thing for us geeks, my mom got de-friended by one when she didn't try out for her high school squad. Bethany should've been no exception for this rule set by society, but she wasn't. I like that. This book is inspirational without being preaching. I totally LOVE Jack Paulson, and he sounds really hot. I'm eleven, but that never keeps me from reading books about high-schoolers, and if you're my age, don't let the age boundary keep you away, either. In fact, I barely ever read a book about someone my own age outside of school. Go Geeks! That's what I have to say. If there are any people reading this review who look down on geeks, which I doubt there is because it's about a geek, it's a book and doesn't have to do with a school project, and this is a BOOK review, but anyway, if you're one of those people, please don't be one of those people who uses geeks as pawns in their games of popularity and stuff, and also, please learn to appreciate geeks. Some people are just like that, there's no way to change who you are. This is the GEEK GIRL'S GUIDE TO CHEERLEADING, our turn now! Oh yeah, and it's a really good book, I suggest you read it!
epicrat More than 1 year ago
The Geek Girl's Guide To Cheerleading had been on my radar, but I did not have too much desire to read it due to its lackluster cover until I stumbled across it at the new neighborhood library and thought "Why not? I'll give it a whirl since it attacked me from the shelves." And am I sure glad that I gave it a chance! I have read the fluffy and sparkly teen books such as The Naughty List (absolutely delish by the way!) and expected this to be of similar nature. However, I was seriously impressed with the unexpected depth and insights that this book contained. It felt totally realistic - don't get me wrong, I don't think all geek girls should go out for cheerleading - but I could see how it worked for Bethany and liked how she still kept a good head on her shoulder even if she almost lost all circulation in her legs during a Minnesota winter. I would have loved to be BFFs with Bethany! I did not expect to be so enthralled with The Geek Girl's Guide To Cheerleading, but realized my complete devotion when I panicked a little towards the end. There did not seem to be that many pages left, but the love triangle between Bethany, the basketball player, and her longtime best guy friend still remained unresolved - I feared that somehow the authors would postpone the answer until next time...and I was not sure if "next time" had happened yet. Talk about nailbiting! But, rest assured, everything worked itself out to its satisfactory end. All the characters - both good and bad, geek and non-geek - had wonderful pagetime. I loved the mix of bad guys, reformed bad guys, nice guys, and in-the-closet-geeky guys among the jocks and cheerleaders. It made the whole experience very well-balanced, and there were many boys in this book that really warmed my heart. Too bad that there were like 20 of them and only 1 Bethany - although the boy she ends up with is absolutely perfect for her. :) Go read this book - it takes cheerleading to a whole other level - and the romance makes me sigh like I just ate my fill in white chocolate raspberry cheesecake.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Everyone knows there are hierarchies in high school, but what happens when you infiltrate one? Bethany and her BFF, Moni, decide to try out for the cheerleading squad -mostly as a joke. When they actually make it, they're stunned, but no more so than their friends and family. Cheerleading involves so many rules, but Bethany's questions aren't answered in the massive rule book. What happens when your best guy friend is mad that you've turned cheerleader? Why does the most popular guy in school start talking to you? Does he actually like you? When will the rest of the cheerleaders treat you as one of them? Bethany and Moni are almost humiliated when they show up to cheer at a wrestling match and no one else for the team is there. Instead of giving up, the girls cheer through the match, though it's hard when you don't understand the rules of wrestling. But that match just might have gotten them noticed by two super-hot guys. Now they're both dating boys, but also trying to navigate through the waters of high school without being attacked by a shark. Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance team up to create a world where geeks mix with the popular crowd. While the characters bring up several social questions, the story is really just pure fun.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Originally posted at: ***** I thoroughly enjoyed this modern, teenage take on Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this novel, as I haven't read a Young Adult novel in quite some time. I did however get snagged by the title. The rest of the book kept my attention from the first chapter to the end. Bethany is. well she's a geek! And she's proud of it, which I loved about her. So often we hear about young women who just want to be someone else. Bethany was perfectly happy in her geekdom. well, except for having to run The Gauntlet. Nope, not gonna tell you, you'll have to read to find out what I'm talking about. When Bethany's best friend Moni, a fellow geek, convinces her that the two of them should try out for the Varsity Cheerleading Squad she is willing to go along for the ride, all in the name of supporting her best friend. Thinking that they'll be denied a spot on the squad she is a bit stunned when they both make the squad. What follows is a rather funny, and emotional journey into another world. at least for her. Bethany was a rather interesting girl, who didn't always understand what was going on around her. While perceptive to a point, she was a bit unsure of how to deal with changes in the familiar as well as behaviors of her friends. Let's face it, that's not something we magically grow out of, at least this young woman is smart enough to admit to herself when she has no idea what is going on. I felt for Bethany as she navigated a completely alien territory with quite a few stumbles, and even some bruises, but she came out on the other side a better person, and amazingly a pretty good cheerleader. Jack is the star of the high school basketball team and he has a reputation. for never dating. It didn't matter what "type" of girl she was, he doesn't date her. My feeling was that he wanted to be with someone who could be themselves and who he could be himself with. He just hadn't found that person, so he waited and just didn't date. He seemed like a sweet enough kid in my opinion and we are eventually given a lot of backstory as to what has happened in his life to mould him into the person he was. I saw hidden depths in him, and it's not always easy to find depth in a teenaged boy. This book deals with some issues that are unfortunately things young people have to deal with. When does the desire to be cool and one of the in-crowd lead to completely undesirable situations? What can one person do to change things and take a stand? Sadly, these things do happen in your average everyday high school. Some issues brought up were peer pressure--to laugh and make fun of others in lesser circumstances, but the hot one was underage drinking. I will make it known right now that I was pretty proud of the way Bethany handled it. Other than that issue, which greatly added to the story, I can't think of anything that would give others pause. This dynamic duo of authors display a dry humor that had me snorting out a laugh on more than one occasion. Each internal monologue was thoroughly believable, and I could see myself (at that age at least) thinking the same thoughts, or saying those same things. I liked that Bethany was a relatively responsible young woman. I know that it can be hard to step forward and say something, even when you know that it probably won't change anything. Again, let me say, that I loved this book. I would recommend it to any youth and paren
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i also do cheerleading and tumbling
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book im a cheerleader as well as a tumbler ...........btw tiday k my 13 b- day kik me at basketball_xox
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do cheer too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started off slow but it turned out to be SO.good and amazing andncute and uuugh<3333 Todd <333333 Jack<333333
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bookgirl96 More than 1 year ago
i fined this book tell a real story of schook and even high school... so to end this good its amzing and girl should realy enjoy it thanks for reading. Happy reading!
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DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
This was a good book to read over the break because it moves fast and it really brings you into the story. Bethany is a great character and you really feel that some of her traits are really your own as she breaks down the social lines in her school and leaves her geek friends and makes it thru tryouts and becomes a varsity cheerleader. Its sad that the guys she cheers on are plotting bets to see how long the two new geek cheerleaders stay on, but Bethany and her friend Moni not only make it thru the harassing of the fellow cheerleaders, they also show that even though they are geeks inside, they can still cheer better than some of the other girls. Its great for an uplifting story and perfect for sharing with any girlfriends who might have the same ambitions as Bethany.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i absolutely loved this book. the characters in this book were so real and the story line was really cute. i think everyone has a little bit of bethany in them. i love the determination of bethany. the geek girl guide to cheerleading is a book you won't want to put down and will read over and over!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is the age group for this book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish there was a second one. I wonder if there is?
little-miss-cheerleader More than 1 year ago
this book is great if only Jack Pulson was real and omg this is my fav book