My Mother the Cheerleader

My Mother the Cheerleader

by Robert Sharenow
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My Mother the Cheerleader 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Marshlove More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up mostly because of the title - hoping to be entertained by a light, easy to read story. While it definitely kept me entertained and it was a fast read - it was anything but light an easy. This story about the reaction to the desegregation of schools in New Orleans and some of the innocent people caught in the middle of it all is harsh, raw, very realistic, and hard to forget. It will make you think long after you read it, and will touch you heart for even longer. The characters are very real and the setting is so detailed and realistic that it almost seems like you're living in it and it's not only a bit of a commentary on the past, but also a commentary on the present. I recommend this book to everyone - it's a true eye opener.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am guessing that not many people can honestly say,¿ My mom is a cheerleader,¿ but Louise Collins can. The only thing is that her mom is not the type of cheerleader that you may be thinking of. Louise¿s mom and her group of friends earned the nickname ¿The Cheerleaders¿ because of their constant protesting against segregation in schools. My Mother: the Cheerleader takes place in New Orleans in the 1960¿s, when segregation is a big issue. Louise is the narrator of this story. She and her mom live in the hotel that they run, which is called Rooms on Desire. Although Louise is only twelve years old, she has to help cook, clean, and take care of the hotel guests while her mom is out protesting or trying to flirt with the male hotel guests. Things are normally very dull and blasé around the hotel until the day that a Chevy Bel-Air pulls up to the curb and out stepped Morgan Miller. With the presence of Morgan in New Orleans, things go from completely normal to absolute mayhem, with everyone¿s dark secrets coming out along the way. My Mother: the Cheerleader was overall, a pretty good book. I really liked how the book possessed a realistic quality that allowed me to be able to relate. It was also cool that I was able to get a glimpse of what life was like in New Orleans n the 1960¿s through a novel. The plot was written really well, and although this book is 288 pages long, it seems to go by so fast. I had finished the book within two days of getting it because this book is so GOOD! There were only a few things that kept me from rating this book a perfect five. I did not really like some of the language in the book, but it wasn¿t too terrible. I also didn¿t like the ending very well. Don¿t get me wrong, it was a good ending, but it just wasn¿t what I had wanted to happen. Robert Sharenow is the author of My Mother: the Cheerleader. This book is not part of a series, and I doubt that it will ever be. Since this novel revolves around segregation, I think that anyone who is interested in historical events would like this book. I would recommend this novel to mainly girls ages thirteen and up, but it mainly depends on how mature of a reader you are. The only thing that I can really say now is that if you see this book at your library, definitely pick it up, or you may regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Louise Collins thinks she lives a boring, normal life until the winter of 1960 brings about many changes in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Louise¿s previously all-white elementary school is desegregated when little Ruby Bridges starts attending it. That is the day Louise¿s mother becomes a cheerleader. Instead of leading school spirited cheers, these cheerleaders lead mad rants every morning towards the first African-American to attend William Frantz Elementary School. Meanwhile, mysterious Morgan Miller is residing at the boardinghouse Louise¿s mother owns. Louise instantly is intrigued and infatuated with him. Can Louise and her mother accept the changes the winter brings in this unique historical novel? I really liked My Mother the Cheerleader because as a reader I could see into the other side of prejudice. Everybody learns the story of Ruby Bridges, but nobody is taught the reasons behind the white parents¿ harsh taunts. The story never focused too much on prejudice, but rather focused on Louise¿s touching personal life also. People of all ages could read this novel by Robert Sharenow. Mature teenagers would enjoy it just as much as older adults. Nobody is too old to learn a lesson from Louise¿s tragic first love. History buffs would be entertained by this realistic take of racial unfairness that happened not just in New Orleans but all over the nation. Sit down and read My Mother the Cheerleader not a single person could say they regretted it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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