Genre: Realistic Fiction/Romance
Age Level: 12 and up
# of pages: 246
RAC Book: Yes
Annisa is a new student at her high school and her first day does not begin well. First, she discovers that she is literally the only brunette female in the entire school. Second, she lives in a house that another girl’s family was evicted from for not paying taxes and she blames Annisa for some reason. Third, she accidently breaks the nose of the most popular girl in school. Later that night she also inadvertently witnesses two cheerleaders getting busted with alcohol, therefore removing them from the competition squad a mere two weeks before the big regional competition.
Still trying to fit in, Annisa decides to try out for one of the two open spots on the cheerleading team. Even though several members of the team hate her for one reason or another she manages to get a spot. Unfortunately, she makes a few mistakes and the rest of the squad starts to fall apart and everyone blames her. She offers the suggestion of starting a prank war with the nearby school to work as a bonding activity. The prank war lands her in more trouble than she could ever imagine. Meanwhile, her neighbor, Daniel, is someone Annisa feels she could be very interested in but of course he is dating her most hated rival, Sage. As time goes on, Sage shows her true colors and eventually loses Daniel. The question is whether or not that means he is interested in Annisa.
This story is filled with ridiculous plots twists and the coincidences that teen movies are made of, but the voices of the characters are interesting and the plot moves at a good pace. Some of the conflicts are worked out much too quickly, which is of course in time for the big cheerleading competition that is two weeks from Annisa’s first day of school. The fast pace of the book is believable, however, because high school conflicts often start and end quickly. Girls who like Meg Cabot books will enjoy this.