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I’ve always wanted to be a cheerleader.
Pom poms, short skirts and bouncing? It sounded like the best gig in the world. In high school, you got out of class early and got to wear a cute uniform to class and ribbons in your ponytail.
Sophomore year of high school, I decided I was going to try out for cheerleading. I had all my moves and outfits planned…then found out you had to try out in front of the whole school. And flip.
I bounce. I dance. I wiggle. I don’t flip.
So instead of trying out for cheerleading, I did art and jazz dance classes. But after I read The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading, it made me wish I’d picked up the pom poms after all.
Bethany, a self-proclaimed nerd, tries out for cheerleading on a dare from a fellow nerd who thinks she can’t do it. Surprisingly, she and her best friend make the squad. But while Bethany is doing it for fun, her best friend Moni is doing it for the football players and popularity. As Bethany steals the heart of a top player and her fellow students, she realizes there may be more depth to cheerleading than just shaking pom poms after all.
I was so intrigued by the book that I walked around the park in the blazing sun and dried out mesquite trees for forty five minutes before I rammed into one of said trees and realized my feet hurt. Then I crawled in my car and read it in the blasting air conditioning before realizing I was starving because it was two o’clock and I hadn’t eaten lunch.
And on a hot day when you’re reading about cheerleaders, you need a milkshake.
Growing up, my mom made us milkshakes all the time. It may have not given me a cheerleader-friendly figure, but it did make me a happy duckie. My favorite was the peanut butter milkshake just like I’d drink at the mall. The closest recipe I could find was this one from Taste of Home.
Give me a P! Give me a E! Give me a …oh, just give me a book and a milkshake.
Pom poms optional.
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