Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms
by Crystal Frasier, Val Wise
Release Date: August 10, 2021
Page Count: 128 pages
A sweet, queer teen romance perfect for fans of Fence and Check, Please!
Annie is a smart, antisocial lesbian starting her senior year of high school who’s under pressure to join the cheerleader squad to make friends and round out her college applications. Her former friend BeeBee is a people-pleaser—a trans girl who must keep her parents happy with her grades and social life to keep their support of her transition. Through the rigors of squad training and amped up social pressures (not to mention micro aggressions and other queer youth problems), the two girls rekindle a friendship they thought they’d lost and discover there may be other, sweeter feelings springing up between them.
I really loved this cute sapphic graphic novel with a trans main character. It’s also a sports romance and I love those so much!!!
Bebe and Annie were amazing characters. I loved the friendships portrayed in this book and the character development is really good too. I wish it was a bit longer, only ’cause I wanted more of their story and it felt a little rushed.
The art is very beautiful and I loved all the little details and character traits. It also has some very important conversations, about microaggressions, second chances and trans women being in the spotlight.
Highly recommended, especially if you love cheerleading and a grumpy/sunshine sapphic romance!
*ARC provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review