Book Review: The Cheerleaders

I’m not having the best week over here. In fact, if anyone reading this could add me to their prayer list that would be great. I know God is with me now and forever. It’s actually when the going gets tough that I realize how much I can rely on God. But moving forward…

I started reading The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas over the weekend. It’s a young adult mystery thriller set five years after the coinciding deaths of five cheerleaders. The little sister of one of the girls is now the same age her sister was when she killed herself. For five years Monica and the whole town has been settling with the easiest story to move past the tragic deaths until she starts questioning the events leading up to her sister’s suicide. Her questioning turns to determined investigating until Monica has enough to piece together the clues. I started steering away from young adult books a few years ago, because the plots came across as juvenile, but the main characters in The Cheerleaders are serious even with the parties and drama around them.

I was interested in this book because the description depicted it as a page-turning novel that would hold me in suspense until I finished it. The entire book lived up to the enticing description. I was curious from the start to learn the truth behind the deaths of the cheerleaders. I rate this book a 5 out of 5.

To add to my thoughts on this book, I started watching “13 Reasons Why”on Netflix and even though the book doesn’t center around the subject of suicide as much as the Netflix series does, it makes valuable points on how teenagers see themselves and what they have to deal with in high school. The book places a certain importance on self-love and how everyone has someone to love them. A memorable quote for me in The Cheerleaders is when Monica’s mom tells her “Even at your worst, I love you more than life itself. “

My Thoughts on Agatha Christie’s Mysteries

I started a blog post in which I reviewed several books in one place but it turned out to be so long that I knew I would have to break it up into different posts. It took me much longer than it should have and I’m ashamed to say I let other things in my life take priority over this. I only wish I had more accountability to finish these. Without readers (except for Mutti😘) I must rely on doing this for myself. The books I read will appear in no certain order. This one is on a short book-although somehow it turned into a long blog post. Also, I will not be rating these, just sharing my thoughts.

When I was in France I dragged the rest of my group to Shakespeare and Company which is a bookstore by the Seine River. It was recommended by numerous Carly the Prepster readers and I knew it would be a great place to pick up a small souvenir from Paris for myself. I didn’t spend nearly enough time there but the store was small and overly crowded and my group was impatiently waiting on me. None of them are as interested in books as I am! I picked up an Agatha Christie book from a shelf that had a small selection dedicated to mystery books. I know Agatha Christie as a famous writer but I had never read her work before then so I chose The Double Clue which is a collection of four short stories.

The first three stories feature three men: Inspector Japp, the narrator Captain Hastings and Hercules Poirot. Monsieur Poirot is the mastermind behind discovering each mystery’s true story which is ironic because the other two men are instead called to solve the cases. Although each story is only a few pages long, I enjoyed trying to find out the truth as quickly as Monsieur Poirot does. “The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim” was the only one I could mostly figure out. Even then it took Monsieur Poirot’s explanation at the end for me to piece it all together. I like how Agatha Christie pieces her mysteries together one clue at a time but counts on the reader to find the last missing piece until Monsieur reveals all.

I think The Double Clue is a great introduction to Agatha Christie’s books. I look forward to reading more written by her.