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    Cheer!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders (Hardback) By (author) Kate Torgovnick

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    DescriptionThink cheerleading is just pom-poms, "gimme an 'R, '" and pleated skirts? Not anymore. Take an exhilarating trip through the rough-and-tumble world of competitive college cheerleading....College cheerleaders are extreme athletes who fly thirty feet in the air, build pyramids in which a single slip can send ten people crashing to the ground, and compete in National Championships that are won by hundredths of a point. "Cheer!" is a year-long odyssey into their universe, following three squads from tryouts to Nationals. Meet the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack cheerleaders from Nacogdoches, Texas, whoseem destined to win their fifth National Championship in a row -- until they are shaken by the departure of their longtime coach. Fall in love with the Southern University Jaguars from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an African-American team hoping to raise the $17,000 needed to travel to Nationals and transform their near win several years ago into a Cinderella victory. Root for the University of Memphis All-Girl cheerleaders from Tennessee -- a team that continually struggles for the same respect Coed teams get -- when their quest for a national title is threatened by injuries and dropouts.Along the way, meet unforgettable characters like Sierra, a cheerleading prodigy who has never lost a competition; Doug, who is in his eighth year as a college cheerleader; and Casi, one of the few female bases who can lift anothercheerleader on her own. These are people who risk horrifying injuries on a daily basis, battle demons like eating disorders and steroid use, and form intense bonds.In the immersive tradition of "Friday Night Lights," "Cheer!" is a captivating, all-access journey into a deeply absorbing world.


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    Title
    Cheer!
    Subtitle
    Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kate Torgovnick
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 237 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 581 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781416535966
    ISBN 10: 1416535969
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.6
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JHBS
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BIC subject category V2: WSL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 24
    BISAC V2.8: SPO066000
    B&T Approval Code: A09200000
    BISAC V2.8: SPO017000
    B&T Approval Code: H37700000
    DC21: 791.64
    B&T Approval Code: R09200000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 791.6/4
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: LB3635 .T67 2008
    LC subject heading:
    Publisher
    Touchstone Books
    Imprint name
    Touchstone Books
    Publication date
    11 March 2008
    Review quote
    "Kate Torgovnick's "Cheer"! is the "Friday Night Lights" of a new generation. Through her painstaking research, compassionate analysis, and uncanny eye for scenes, she offers us a window into the competitive subculture of college cheerleading the way Susan Orlean did for orchid hunters and Stefan Fatsis did for Scrabble players. Torgovnick is a journalist's journalist -- the kind of writer who gets the story and then has the good sense to get out of the way. We, the readers, can't help but revel in the world she's created, not only because it tells us something quintessential about America, but because it tells us something quintessential about ourselves."-- Courtney E. Martin, author of "Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters"