Cheer Up! | ARC Review

Title: Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms
Author: Crystal Fraiser, Val Wise
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Contemporary, Graphic Novel, LGBTQ+
Age: Young Adult
Page Count: 128
Publication Date: August 10, 2021
Publisher: Oni Press
Themes: Friendship, Cheerleading,
Content Warning: Bullying,


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. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for an eARC of this title.

This is such a sweet and fun graphic novel. To start off I loved how the friendships were developed throughout the story. I loved how the relationships were complicated and layered. The friend group had to learn to be better to each other and work together. They also had to learn to put aside their differences and their previous interactions with one another to work together on the cheer team.

I also really loved the art style. It was cute and colourful and fun. I think the art style was perfect for the story being told. It is an adorable graphic novel about high school and friendships and developing relationships. I really enjoyed the diversity that was present as well. It just felt so real and honest, but also fun and hopeful.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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