Monday, May 18, 2009
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a bibliophile must be in want of great summer reading...
It was probably my third or fourth year homeschooling C. I remember sitting on the floor of the old Ann Arbor Y, while C was in taking a gymnastics class.
I had my laptop with me and I was really, really involved with what I was reading.
It was the inklings of a book about a cheerleader.
I'm kind of the anti-cheerleader type. I was never a "girly-girl". I preferred bare feet and jeans, baseball to Barbie, and by high school, many of my friends were guys, because hey, I got them. You get mad at someone, you punch them, it's over.
On top of that, I'm not even sure that my high school had cheerleaders. If we did, they certainly weren't part of a power crowd. We didn't have a prom. We were the class of '77 and we wore our alternative existence proudly.
Nevertheless, this cheerleader book had me hooked. You see the protag, Bethany, was not a cheerleader type - she was a well - my type. Maybe not the baseball part, but she was anything but a cheerleader type, and had been dared to try out. And she made it.
And her world turned upside down.
What did I like about this book? I liked the strong female protag (natch). I liked the humor. I liked the voice.
It was written by the most prolific writer in my writers group. She's also enormously talented and we all hoped the publication world would come to their senses and publish her - sooner rather than later.
I never got to read the entire cheerleader book. There were other projects and other passions from my writing friend.
Then, about two years ago, the son of another of my (brilliant and talented) writing friends was diagnosed with cancer, and the wonderful cheerleader book became an even more wonderful cheerleader book, as Charity generously distracted Darcy by giving her a project that had nothing to do with hospitals, cell counts or being a mom.
And magic happened.
And the gist of it is that Saturday, although the release date is officially tomorrow, I was able to walk into my local Barnes and Noble and pick up that pretty book in the center of that photo up there.
The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance.
And then I got to spend the last two days inhaling it.
If you have teens - get it for them - teens always need good books. If you're an adult - get it - it's billed by Simon Pulse, their label, as a good beach read. And it's perfect for that, but it's also deeper and that makes it all the better.
I inhaled it. It's that much fun.
What a lovely weekend.
P.S. You can find out more about The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading, and all things geek, here.