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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reissue edition (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142409103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142409107
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 7-10. Sophomore Annisa has moved from New Jersey to Florida, where she gets off on the wrong foot almost immediately, especially with the cheerleading squad. She attracts one girl's boyfriend, moves into another's recently vacated home, and hits a third in the nose with a door. So when she makes the squad, the welcome mat is not exactly out. Her most visible difference is her dark, short hair; even the team's African American coach is a blonde. In generalities, the story is predictable. By the end of the book, Annisa, the narrator, is spouting lines such as, "It didn't even matter how we did at regionals on Saturday because at that moment we weren't just a squad. We were friends." Still, the specifics are fun and definitely au courant, as Annisa discovers love, friendship, and backflips as she deals with prank wars, unsupervised parties, and cheerleading crises. Since there's a lot about competitive cheerleading, the pom-pom inclined will especially like this. Ilene Cooper
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ScottÆs funny, fast-paced narrative will leave readers smiling. (School Library Journal)


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tina on February 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Our main heroine is new to the school and to the cheerleading squad. She also happens to be one of the only students who is not blonde in this Florida high school.

This book starts off with a bang. By introducing the lead character into a new school, full of "Britney Spears" wannabes. You can actually imagine Annissa, short haired AND brunette (how dare she) trying to figure out how she is going to survive her year at the new school.

She is pitted against these wannabes who are determined to make her life as difficult as possible. On top of all that, they are part of the cheerleading squad that Annissa wants to join.

What ensues is a bunch of exchanges between the parties and funny (sometimes not so funny) events and overall a great storyline.

Mind you, the storyline has been DONE before, but it is well written and fun to read.

I was really into it until about 3/4 of the book when things get horribly mushy and extremely predictable. This, I did not care for so much. The author could have made the ending a tad less predictable. Which would have added more depth to the book.

Otherwise, it was a great read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on March 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Sixteen-year-old sophomore, Annisa Gobrowski, was more than happy living her life in New Jersey, where she had actual friends, and wasn't the only brunette in sight. But it's a known fact that when you're happy, something depressing is bound to happen. And that's how Annisa ended up in Florida, trying to fit in at a high school - Sand Dune High School, to be exact - filled with blondes, where she is the only one who hasn't yet reached for a box of Herbal Essences Amazon Gold. Annisa quickly finds that she sticks out like a sore-thumb. Not only because of her hair color, but due to the fact that she has made friends with Daniel Healy, a guitar-playing, football-wrestling-track star, who just happens to have a popular girlfriend on the varsity cheerleading squad. And, as if that isn't bad enough, Annisa sheer clumsiness caused her to break the nose of the most popular girl in school. But not even all of these strikes against her can stop Annisa from doing what she loves, and that's becoming a Sand Dune cheerleader. The only thing the squad doesn't know, is that Annisa is out to prove to them that she can cheer just as well as they can, they just don't know it yet.

I adored Kieran Scott's first novel JINGLE BOY - in fact, it's one of my all-time favorite books ever. So I was enthralled to find out about the release of her newest novel I WAS A NON-BLONDE CHEERLEADER. While the storyline is a bit cliched at times, and is very reminiscent of the movie BRING IT ON, it poses it's own set of situations that the main character must overcome, which truly brings the story, and it's characters to life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
i absaluty luvvvedd this book! by the first word i was hooked. i swear my family was getting annoyed with me coz all i was doin was hiding my head in this amazing book. i luved annisa, she was hilarious, and how they all ended up friends in the end. this is 110% awesome!! i recomend this book to everyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cominghome15 on November 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Annisa Gobrowski's family has moved so many times that Annisa is use to being the new girl. But nothing prepares the brunette when she arrives at her Florida high school--where ALL the girls are blonde! After a disastrous first day (where she accidentally breaks the nose of the most popular girl at school among other mishaps), Annisa knows she's going to have a hard time fitting in--but that's not going to make her dye her hair. Instead, Annisa plans to try-out for the cheerleading team. Not easy, especially when the team is rigurously practicing for the regional competitions and considering all the girls on the team hate your gut for various reasons. But Annisa is going to show she has more determination than all the blondes combined...

A quirky and relatable novel, this one is a W-I-N-N-E-R!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kiara on July 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was hilarious. Annisa, the heroin of the book, is a straight up drama queen. The thing I enjoyed the most about this book was that it sucked you in and made you addicted by the 2nd paragragh. I'm not one to spoil a good story, so I'm not really going to summerize this. All you need to know is its a great read for anyone who's looking for a good book that's worth their time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amelia Thermopolis on July 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Gobrowski. Annisa Gobrowski. That's her name. The brash and bold brunette transfer student from New Jersey. She's surrounded by blonde, blonde, and even more blonde Southeast Floridians at Sand Dune High that absolutely hate her. She breaks the queen of the food chain, Tara Timothy's, nose, is scorned by half the cheerleading squad, is behind in geometry class, and it's only the first day. Everything's going to be fine. Tomorrow is a new day without any mistakes she says to herself. But boy is she wrong. Twenty-four hours after twenty-four hours, she finds herself getting a D on her first math quiz, ditching her new friend Bethany, and...

Trying out for the squad? Yup, you heard right. Annisa tries out for the SDH Fighting Crabs Cheerleading Team and what? What's that you say? Uh huh, she makes it. She was a cheerleader back home, but that's a whole different story. In Southeast Florida, it's way more intense, more energetic, more pizzazz and more cattiness. As the series of sunrise and sunsets go by, the pressure builds up. Her huge geometry quiz to study for, überhot neighbor and friend Daniel Healy, regionals (yeah, the ones that appear on ESPN), every other female in the education field raising her blood pressure-can she handle the heat? Or will she explode? Find out for yourself! You won't be able to put the book down until you're finished!
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