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Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms

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Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms

Crystal Frasier
Published: 2021
Age Range: 14+
Genre: graphic novel, sports

Annie is a top student, but her anti-social behavior makes the guidance counselor think she’ll have trouble getting into college and recommends that she tries some extracurriculars. Annie’s mom did cheerleading when she was in high school and convinces her to try out for the cheerleading team. Through cheer, Annie reconnects with an old friend, Bebe, who has recently transitioned. Bebe is going through her own struggles dealing with the pressures of being the cheer captain, transphobia, and over protective parents.

Their friendship rekindles and blossoms as they help each other – Bebe helps Annie be more kind and friendly, and Annie helps Bebe stand up for herself and be more confident.

This was such a cute and sweet graphic novel! Annie is hilarious and Bebe is inspiring. A worthwhile read sure to bring a smile to your face.