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Cheer!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 11, 2008
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"Torgovnick has done an excellent job of reporting, bringing the reader into this world most of us would never see." -- USA Today
"A fist-pumping, Astroturf-banging tribute to the women and men who make up the in-world of competitive college cheerleading. It had me rooting from the edge of my seat for the final countdown of Nationals." -- NY Post
"An engaging, voyeuristic narrative that suggests college cheerleaders are as close to real-life superheroes as exist." -- Dallas Morning News
"One of the more successful pieces of narrative nonfiction this year, distinguished by Torgovnick's impeccable ear and canny, original choice of subject matter."-- Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Kate Torgovnick's Cheer! is the Friday Night Lights of a new generation. Through her painstaking research, compassionate analysis, and uncanny eye for scenes, she offers us a window into the competitive subculture of college cheerleading the way Susan Orlean did for orchid hunters and Stefan Fatsis did for Scrabble players. Torgovnick is a journalist's journalist -- the kind of writer who gets the story and then has the good sense to get out of the way. We, the readers, can't help but revel in the world she's created, not only because it tells us something quintessential about America, but because it tells us something quintessential about ourselves."-- Courtney E. Martin, author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters
"Because Kate Torgovnick has captured every voice in this fascinating world verbatim, crack open the book to read just one sentence and you too will be instantly immersed in these characters' riveting ups and downs (pun intended)."-- Jane Pratt, founder of Jane and Sassy magazines
"An exuberant and empathic journey deep into one of America's least-explored and most iconic team sports -- and if you've never thought of cheerleading as a sport, accompanying [Torgovnick] on this ride through the physical challenges of a competitions season will certainly change your mind. Whether you tried out for the Pom squad yourself, or blew off every high school pep rally like Torgovnick did, this suspenseful tale of cheerleading's glorious and addictive highs, and dangerous and pressure-cooked lows, will give you an insight into an ever-growing national phenomenon."-- Lauren Sandler, Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement
Top Customer Reviews
In some places throughout the book, I had trouble following the descriptions of the of the routines. I would have done better with the use of the technical terms of each move, rather than the verbose descriptions, as I didn't really have the patients to read the full descriptions. I'm not sure how they will translate to someone who is not familiar with the sport.
What is really exciting about this book is the accuracy. Many modern portrayals of cheerleading treat it as a joke. This book explains the sport, why it's difficult, how dangerous the sport really is and isn't. It is really refreshing in that aspect.
There is a word of caution: THIS BOOK COVERS MATURE CONTENT. There are references to the very ugly sides of college cheerleading like: drug use, and eating disorders. As a coach, I wish this book had taken a stronger stance against these practices. There are MANY college cheerleaders who do not take drugs, and who do not have eating restrictions. This is a very sensitive subject, and I would hate for young cheerleaders to aspire to this type of behavior because of heroes found in this book.
All in all, this was a good book, and I would recommend it.
So that's what drags my score down. Now, that "faux movie trailer" here on Amazon REALLY helped me envision the moves. It was cool to see the three teams "come to life." It is AMAZING what these true athletes can do.
It's a testament to her journalism that I raced through these pages, newly fascinated by a world I hadn't even known existed. I was especially impressed by how clearly she paints each character in a sport with so many people on each team. Torgovnick is a wonderful tour guide through this new world.
I can't wait to see what Torgovnick writes about next -- I'll follow her writing wherever it goes!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love watching cheerleading, dance, gymnastic and similar synchronized routines (and was a majorette years ago), so this book should have been up my alley. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by Ennie
This is an amazing book. I would suggest it to anyone who loves cheerleading. It provides an in depth look into the world of cheerleading. Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by jazz1187
After being an avid fan of Hellcats and a cheerleader myself, this book was top of my holiday reading list and it most certainly did not disappoint! Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Raaayyychul37
Color me surprised, I actually had an emotional experience from a book about three teams of competitive cheerleaders. Read morePublished on August 8, 2010 by Michael Griswold
i really loved this book! it takes you into the lifes of the cheerleaders as if u were right there with them. i really recommend this book even if your not into cheerleading.Published on June 21, 2010 by J. Garza
In Cheer!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders, Kate Torgovnick follows three cheerleading teams during the 2006-07 season, from tryouts in the early spring of 2006 to... Read morePublished on May 6, 2009 by Debra Hamel
This book is interesting and informative. If you are a cheerleader or not this book will give you an inside look on the SPORT of cheerleading and the work that goes behind the... Read morePublished on November 26, 2008 by Amazon Customer
Cheer Three Teams on a Quest for College Cheerleading's Ultimate Prize follows three college cheer squads as they work towards their ultimate goal....a national cheer championship. Read morePublished on August 30, 2008 by Mary G. Longorio