Friday, August 27, 2010

Book 26 of '10 I Was a Non Blonde Cheerleader by Kieran Scott

Dust Jacket Description:

New Jersey transplant and sassy brunette Annisa Gobrowski has a problem—everyone at her Florida high school is blonde. If her Jersey attitude didn't make her stand out enough, her dark pixie cut sure does. At least her new neighbor, the uberhot, guitar-playing, football-wrestling-and-track star Daniel Healy, makes her feel welcome.

But no lack of golden highlights is going to stop Annisa from making the best of Sand Dune High, especially once she checks out their competition-level cheerleading squad—one that actually appears on ESPN. Yet after a disastrous first day where Annisa accidentally breaks the most popular girl in school's nose, ticks off Daniel's girlfriend for even existing, and discovers the cheerleaders all hate her, she starts having second thoughts.

It's almost enough to make a girl run out for a box of Herbal Essences Amazon Gold.

Nevertheless, the cheerleader in Annisa just won't let her quit. She may be a little different, but Sand Dune High had better watch out—this non-blonde is here to stay.

Characters: I thought I was going to feel the same way about this book that I feel about most of chick lit books. I thought I was going to feel indifferent towards Annisa and focus on the side characters and the plot lines. But this book surprised me in more ways than one. Annisa was a strong girl who didn't let her trials and tribulations (and believe me, there were a lot), get in the way of her success on the cheerleading squad. Her relationship with the head cheerleader was surprisingly realistic as opposed to overly cliched. Daniel was still the stereotypical love interest, but beyond that, everything was refreshing. 4 flowers.

Writing: Delightful and humorous with a strong narrative tone. 4 and a half flowers.

Plot: Although the book had the average cheerleading tournament plot line, there were a lot more obstacles getting in Annisa's way. It was entertaining seeing her having to get over them. 4 and a half flowers.

End: Satisfying. I'd definitely read the other books in the series. 4 and a half flowers.

Dust Jacket Description: The average pitch for a YA chick lit novel. But I see how publishers could want that. It just doesn't appeal to me. 3 flowers.

Cover: I don't like illustrated YA novel covers. They remind me of teen magazine illustrations. But if that's what the publisher is going for, I suppose it will appeal to other readers. 3 flowers.

Overall: A refreshing chick lit book. I will definitely read more of Kieran Scott. 4 and a half flowers.


  1. I'm definitely feeling the need for some good chick-lit, I'll definitely give this one a try. Thanks for the review!

  2. I'm glad! You're welcome. Enjoy the book.