By Kara Thomas
Published by Delacorte Press
on July 31, 2018
There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.
First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.
That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.
There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.
I really liked the premise of The Cheerleaders, but I couldn’t quite get into this one as much as I wanted to. I did like the way the story jumped between Monica in present day, and her sister Jen five years earlier, and I was constantly guessing to try and figure out what happened.
I still think Little Monsters is her best, but this was a good mystery. If you like YA mysteries, you’ve got to read Kara Thomas’s books.