Because I’m not sure I’ll be able to properly summarise this book without getting all teary-eyed (the hormones I’m currently injecting daily make my moods a bit of a roller-coaster), I am resorting to the blurb:
Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare in E.K. Johnston’s latest brave and unforgettable heroine.
Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this does not mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don’t cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team – the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team’s summer training camp is Hermione’s last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She knows this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.
In every class, there is a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They’re never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she’s always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn’t the beginning of Hermione Winter’s story and she’s not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.
I review another of the Cannonball Book Club runner ups here, in what is, I want to brag, my 1000th blog post!