Cheer!: Three Teams on a Quest for College Cheerleading's Ultimate Prize

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Cheer!: Three Teams on a Quest for College Cheerleading's Ultimate Prize

Cheer!: Three Teams on a Quest for College Cheerleading's Ultimate Prize By Kate Torgovnick Cheer Three Teams on a Quest for College Cheerleading s Ultimate Prize Think cheerleading is just pom poms gimme an R and pleated skirts Not any Take an exhilarating trip through the rough and tumble world of competitive college cheerleading College cheerleaders are ex

  • Title: Cheer!: Three Teams on a Quest for College Cheerleading's Ultimate Prize
  • Author: Kate Torgovnick
  • ISBN: 9781416535966
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cheer!: Three Teams on a Quest for College Cheerleading's Ultimate Prize By Kate Torgovnick Think cheerleading is just pom poms, gimme an R, and pleated skirts Not any Take an exhilarating trip through the rough and tumble world of competitive college cheerleading.College cheerleaders are extreme athletes who fly thirty feet in the air, build pyramids in which a single slip can send ten people crashing to the ground, and compete in National ChampionThink cheerleading is just pom poms, gimme an R, and pleated skirts Not any Take an exhilarating trip through the rough and tumble world of competitive college cheerleading.College cheerleaders are extreme athletes who fly thirty feet in the air, build pyramids in which a single slip can send ten people crashing to the ground, and compete in National Championships that are won by hundredths of a point Cheer is a year long odyssey into their universe, following three squads from tryouts to Nationals.Meet the Stephen F Austin Lumberjack cheerleaders from Nacogdoches, Texas, whoseem destined to win their fifth National Championship in a row until they are shaken by the departure of their longtime coach Fall in love with the Southern University Jaguars from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an African American team hoping to raise the 17,000 needed to travel to Nationals and transform their near win several years ago into a Cinderella victory Root for the University of Memphis All Girl cheerleaders from Tennessee a team that continually struggles for the same respect Coed teams get when their quest for a national title is threatened by injuries and dropouts.Along the way, meet unforgettable characters like Sierra, a cheerleading prodigy who has never lost a competition Doug, who is in his eighth year as a college cheerleader and Casi, one of the few female bases who can lift anothercheerleader on her own These are people who risk horrifying injuries on a daily basis, battle demons like eating disorders and steroid use, and form intense bonds.In the immersive tradition of Friday Night Lights, Cheer is a captivating, all access journey into a deeply absorbing world.
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    1. Emilie on said:

      I was really excited about this book mostly because I kept reading and hearing about it everywhere, from NPR to Newsweek to Entertainment Weekly, as well as the NYT Book Review I figured if all of my most commonly referred to review sources said that this was a must read, than this was a must read Let me say that I am glad that I read the book, it was a good book about the world of college cheerleading That said, however, I wish that I didn t insist on keeping the book to finish it even though i [...]

    2. Nicola on said:

      My meandering tour of journalism related to female dominated sports has led me to cheerleading And, yes, cheerleading is a sport While competitive college cheerleading in the US is considered an activity , not a sport the reasons behind which are very political and very much related to Title IX, which is something I wish the author had covered , anyone who lifts another person above their head deserves to be called an athlete.Cheer is an enjoyable read that follows a year in the life of three ve [...]

    3. Sydney Figga on said:

      This book is about college cheer leading and that there s three different teams that want to win nationals The Stephen F Austin Lumberjack cheerleaders from Nacogdoches, Texas seem destined to win their fifth National Championship in a row until their coach must leave The Southern University Jaguars from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an African American team hoping to raise 17,000 to participate at Nationals this year And finally, the University of Memphis All Girl cheerleaders from Tennessee hoping t [...]

    4. Emma Richwine on said:

      Book Review Cheer By Kate Torgovnick Cheer by Kate Torgovnick is an eye opening book It gives you a whole new perspective on cheerleaders Before reading this book, I never realized how much athleticism and pressure goes into cheerleading In this book you go on an adventure with 3 teams competing for one prize The Stephen F Austin Lumberjack cheerleaders from Nacogdoches, Texas seem destined to win their fifth National Championship in a row until their coach must leave The Southern University Jag [...]

    5. Liralen on said:

      It must be something of a gamble when authors write this sort of book Torgovnick followed three cheerleading teams over the course of a year, each team hoping to place or, really, win at Nationals It s higher stakes for the teams, but a risk for the author tooif all three teams were to flop, the ending would be less satisfying than if at least one team or all three did well.I gave the book four stars because I found it to be an engrossing read It reminded me of Pledged, and I d recommend it to t [...]

    6. Emily on said:

      I started this book thinking that I would read about the gossip and such of cheerleaders No, it was really actually about the athletics of cheerleading I also learned that cheerleading is than just pep rallies, being mean to fat kids, and such Ok, probably that s because this was exclusively about collegiate cheering, but seriously these people should not be called cheer leaders They should be called, high in the air flippity floppers Sure, there might be a better name, but rather that just do [...]

    7. Brittany on said:

      How I Came To Read This Book I think Jen on here read it, that s the first place I saw iteons ago really.The Plot Kate Torgovnick examines the world of American college cheerleading through a journalistic lens over the course of a year She follows three teams the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks, five time national champions, considered the Yale of cheerleading despite being a tiny party school in a small Texan town The Southern University Jaguars a historically black school with a Bring It On vibe [...]

    8. Kelli on said:

      This book is not as scandal filled as I had hoped I suppose the worksheets for book club class use found at the back of the book should have tipped me off Sample question Before devoting an afternoon to community service at a retirement home, Casi mentions she might lose her job on account of missing so much work for cheer practice Later, Kristen mentions missing a friend s wedding for a cheerleading commitment Cheerleading, it seems, always takes precedence over the rest of a cheerleader s life [...]

    9. Michael Griswold on said:

      Color me surprised, I actually had an emotional experience from a book about three teams of competitive cheerleaders Before this book, I d rarely taken the time to think about cheerleading competitive or otherwise I actually just picked up this book because I heard the new CW show Hellcats is based at least somewhat on this book But it blew me away, I read it in like two or three days Torgovnick takes the reader on a journey following the Memphis All Girl, Stephen F Austin Co ed, and Southern sq [...]

    10. stephanie on said:

      i think this book would have been stronger if she had chosen three teams from the same division though it s still unclear to me if Southern would have competed against SFA while i enjoyed seeing the differences in the squads, i wanted comparison i also wished there was a companion dvd so i could see the stunts and the team perform, even though the author does a fairly good job of describing some of the stunts i liked that it took cheerleading to the level of a NCAA sport, all the while talking [...]

    11. Theresa on said:

      Kate Torgovnick follows three different college cheer squads through a year of training, cheering and competition two co ed squads one former championship team and one from an all Black school and an all girls cheer squad.After a background of the history of cheerleading in the United States, Torgovnick introduces us to the men and women that she will be following for her story.All of the cheerleaders are devoted athletes despite what many think They work out both aerobically and with weights on [...]

    12. Ashley on said:

      For every person out there who has ever seen cheerleaders, thought about cheerleaders, wanted to be a cheerleader, ratted on cheerleaders, or avoided cheerleaders, this book will push it s way into your mind and change the way you view us uniform flaunting pom pom wavers For those of us submerged in the world we call competitive cheerleading, this book is a confirmation that yes, we are crazy, but we re defintitely not alone Kate Torgovnick is an incredible writer who stepped into the lives of t [...]

    13. Janelle on said:

      There is much to cheerleading than the perky smiles, short skirts, and pom poms Cheer by Kate Torgovnick delves deep into the inner workings of three cheer squads from three very different colleges and follows them from try outs to championships, while exposing the dangers, the controversies, and the drama that surounds and at times plagues squads around the world.Cheer is a fun and interesting book about a subculture I know very little about I found myself actually caring about the cheerleader [...]

    14. Susan on said:

      I ve always been fascinated by competitive gymnasts, dancers, and cheerleaders probably because I ABSOLUTELY cannot do what they do, and I always wished I could True story I got kicked out of gymnastics when I was a little kid because I couldn t ever do a cartwheel So this book was right up my alley all about the injuries, emotional turmoil, competitiveness, and athletic genius that go into competitive cheerleading at the collegiate level Kate Torgovnick s decision to follow three college teams, [...]

    15. Jen Mendeck on said:

      I heard about this book from an unlikely source Backpacker magazine I m not sure why they decided this book fit in with the outdoor adventure themed books they usually review, but I m glad they did.I really enjoyed this book At UW, band and cheer are both in the same division of the athletic department, and we traveled together I even knew some band folks that got into cheer because of this relationship So, as someone that was aware of the world of competitive college cheerleeding from a periphe [...]

    16. Sarah on said:

      Wow What a great read Okay, I admit I did my share of crowd yelling and spirit fingers back in high school But I think this is a great read for anyone wondering what those girls are thinking during the cheer championships on TV The author who skipped school during all the pep rallies in high school follows three very different college squads One coed squad is used to winning championships and they have the financial support to prove it One black coed squad has no financial support, but wows othe [...]

    17. pianogal on said:

      Ready Okay I must start by saying that I am not now, nor have I ever been a cheerleader but I have been known to watch cheerleading competitions on ESPN s a guilty pleasure In my high school, they were pretty wimpy or slutty whatever Now, if d they dve been like the girls in this book, I would have had so much respect This was a pretty good book overall.I thought it was telling that all three teams were trying to win Nationals, but none of them did ok SFA did, but only on a technicality These g [...]

    18. Stephanie on said:

      This certainly isn t a topic that would normally grab my attention However, I do generally enjoy well written journalistic non fiction I picked this up in the bookstore the other day and before I knew it, I had read the entire introduction and first chapter about 45 pages And the author used to be an editor at Jane magazine, so her tone kind of suits my mood at the moment Besides, competitive cheer is HUGE here in Texas I ve been inundated with references to it for the two years I ve lived here, [...]

    19. Jen on said:

      I have never been a cheerleader but this book took me right inside the action, explaining things so even clueless I could understand and picture what was going on in my head I have such respect some of it newfound for cheerleaders particularly at the collegiate level now This book was so enjoyable and so well paced that I actually stayed up til 3 in the morning because I couldn t bear to put it down I just HAD to know what happened next You ll like this even if you ve never enjoyed cheering or k [...]

    20. Michael on said:

      A fascinating looking inside the world of competitive college cheerleading If you think that cheerleaders are just cute blondes who wave pom poms on the sidelines of games, your assumptions will be both challenged and shattered by this book.Cheer follows three teams in their pursuit of a national championship in college cheerleading Along the way, we ll meet the coaches behind the teams and the members who make up each team You ll see their triumphs and failures as they work toward their ultimat [...]

    21. Kristen on said:

      Color me surprised, I actually had an emotional experience from a book about three teams of competitive cheerleaders Before this book, I d rarely taken the time to think about cheerleading competitive or otherwise I actually just picked up this book because I heard the new CW show Hellcats is based at least somewhat on this book But it blew me away, I read it in like two or three days Torgovnick takes the reader on a journey following the Memphis All Girl, Stephen F Austin Co ed, and Southern sq [...]

    22. Kathleen on said:

      If you don t know a girl involved in competitive cheerleading, you will soon This is a look at one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S particularly in the South It follows three teams of college cheerleaders as they prepare for the Nationals competition I think that if you are not familiar with the jargon of competitive cheerleading, you may get lost with the author s descriptions I also think it might have been a little better if the author had narrowed her focus down a bit Overall, a very [...]

    23. Sarah on said:

      This book less unpacks the stereotype that cheerleaders are nitwits and adjusts it to a general sense that cheerleaders are really athletic nitwits Sadly, I think Ms Torgovnick was going for the former, and I would really have expected from her for those of you who read Jane magazine, I m pretty sure she was the one who always did the stories where she was an amateur stripper for a week, or had to only tell the truth for a week, or had to be Amish for a week How the mighty have fallen Or risen [...]

    24. Chris on said:

      I m giving this three stars because the writing was fairly pedestrian and I thought the author needed techniques than just inserting her own emotions into the narrative all over the place I mean, yes, it s important to show that she got emotionally involved in the teams journeys, but change it up a little , but overall an enjoyable and interesting read, and I m glad to know about the sport NCAA aside, I think it s pretty clear that cheerleading is a sport I think I bored my friends while watch [...]

    25. JulieK on said:

      I like books explaining subcultures I know nothing about, and this book about competitive college cheerleading definitely fit into that category my college didn t even have cheerleaders, and my knowledge of the sport was pretty much limited to the stereotypes The writer followed three very different teams through their seasons, from tryouts to end of the year competitions, along the way explaining the culture of the sport and what drives the men and women who participate despite the risk of seri [...]

    26. Jen on said:

      i really enjoyed this book, but mostly because i am a former cheerleader i m not sure how much this would appeal to people who don t understand cheer lingo descriptions of stunting etc , however a helpful hint is to search for these schools squads on you tube then you can understand how amazingly cool and insane some of the things these kids do overall, a great peek into what it s like to be a cheerleader, especially a competitive one and i bit my nails down to nothing during the last few chapte [...]

    27. Mel Raschke on said:

      Torgovnick s editor at Jane magazine assigned her a story on the rise of cheerleading based injuries, and the reporter was sucked into a subculture whose members were obsessive and competitive than she had ever imagined A book on the college cheerleading scene was essential, she decided, so she followed cheerleaders and their squads at Stephen F Austin University, Southern University and the University of Memphis through the trials and tribulations of tryouts, the 2006 07 football season and fi [...]

    28. Shana on said:

      Cheer by Kate Torgovnick follows three college cheerleading teams from tryouts to nationals while exploring the triumphs and trials of what it means to be a cheerleader As someone from the Northeast, it was fascinating on its own to read about people from the South and Southwest because that in itself is like a totally foreign culture to me Then add the cheerleading obsession to it and it s like reading about people on a different planet It wasn t the best piece of non fiction I ve ever read, bu [...]

    29. Nette on said:

      My interest level in cheerleading falls somewhere between soap carving and French politics, but I read a good review and took a chance And this book had me riveted when I got to the final chapters, I had to postpone everything else so I could finish it Would the all girl team stick their pyramid Would the plucky but underfunded team make it to Nationals Would the champs overcome injuries to prevail It proves that a good writer can make anything fascinating.

    30. E on said:

      Like Pledge, which takes an inside look at sorority life, Cheer focuses on competitive cheerleading, a strange corner of femininity I have never inhabited.An engrossing, if alien read.I stayed up way, way too late, reading about three cheerleading teams trying to make it to national championships Would they make it Would they do all their stunts flawlessly Some of the suspense came from how lethal a failed stunt could be Yikes I had no idea cheering had so much peril.

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