"It's heartbreaking at times, hilarious at others, and she's got it all down beautifully."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"In earlier novels Ruth Doan MacDougall has shown that if you bring an uncommon mind and talent to the commonplace what you are likely to get is not the commonplace but the uncommon. Now she has used that mind and talent to deal with one of the major communal democratic experiences shared by Americans--going to high school...I can't recall a novel in which high-school-age youngsters appear which seems to reproduce so naturally their way of talking and in fact their whole demeanor and style of living. Nor have I recently encountered a more appealing young heroine than Snowy...If future historians and sociologists are ever impelled to find out what it was like to be a high school student in America at mid 20th century, they will need go no farther than The Cheerleader for documentation and enlightenment...Utterly honest, accurate and sympathetic."--Kansas City Star
"The author has captured firsthand the standards and traditions of the Fifties...You will be terrifically entertained."--Chattanooga Times
"A quite remarkable novel...Pinpoints so accurately the personal trauma of teenage girls growing up."--Camden, N.J., Courier-Post
"The first love affair is neatly and sensitively handled, the dialogue absolutely right, the adolescents are as they have always been."--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Great nostalgic touches."--Chicago Tribune
"No one who was there could fault her--MacDougall holds a mirror up to the Fifties and comes away with a true reflection."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"A devastatingly accurate portrait of the '50s."--Library Journal
"It isn't often that you get to the last page of a book and are aware that you have just finished a real reading experience. But that's how you'll feel when you finish The Cheerleader. A terrific book. Really terrific."--United Press International
"Read it if you can bear to remember it."--Alix Kates Shulman, author of Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen
"Painfully authentic...Ruth Doan MacDougall's The Cheerleader captures as well as any book I've read the feeling of being in high school."--Ralph Keyes, author of Is There Life after High School? -- Across the nation the critics cheer The Cheerleader
From the Author
I've received letters from The Cheerleader fans wailing that their copies were borrowed by friends and never returned. I've received pathetic descriptions of copies that disintegrated after years of being read over and over. Everybody has asked: When will The Cheerleader be in print again?
The mail that has continued to stream in ever since The Cheerleader was first published includes many amazing tales. My favorite: Jennifer, now in her thirties, recalled how in her girlhood she managed with great determination to find her mother's copy of The Cheerleader hidden under the mattress of a king-size bed, "way in the middle!" Recently Jennifer packed The Cheerleader in her suitcase ready for the trip to the hospital to have her own child; "Mom is hoping to be there for the birth, so I think it will be quite hilarious to come full circle--reading aloud the book she banned as I'm giving birth to her grandchild!" As soon as Jennifer came home with her baby daughter, she took part in a "group read" of The Cheerleader on the Internet.
All these devoted fans and all those who have asked for the chance to read The Cheerleader for the first time have now got their wish. The Cheerleader is back in print!