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 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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  • Title: Cheer!: Three Teams on a Quest for College Cheerleading's Ultimate Prize
  • Author: Kate Torgovnick
  • ISBN: 9781416535966
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. 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 thoug [...]

    2. 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 thr [...]

    3. 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 hop [...]

    4. 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 Sout [...]

    5. 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 recomme [...]

    6. 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 more 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, b [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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' [...]

    9. 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 Southe [...]

    10. 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 more 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 [...]

    11. 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 wi [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. There is much more 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 che [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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 pe [...]

    16. 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 w [...]

    17. 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 more 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 techn [...]

    18. 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 liv [...]

    19. 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 cheer [...]

    20. 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 ulti [...]

    21. 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 Southe [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. This book less unpacks the stereotype that cheerleaders are nitwits and more 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 more 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 fa [...]

    24. I'm giving this three stars because the writing was fairly pedestrian and I thought the author needed more 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 more about the sport. (NCAA aside, I think it's pretty clear that cheerleading is a sport.) I think I bored my frien [...]

    25. 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 s [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. 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 more 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 [...]

    28. 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 eve [...]

    29. 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. 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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