Tim Stack
March 25, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cheer!

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Kate Torgovnick
publisher
Touchstone
genre
Nonfiction, Sports

We gave it a B+

Fans of Bring It On will find much to cheer about in Kate Torgovnick’s meticulously reported account of the often-mocked but fascinating world of cheerleading. Following three different college cheer teams over a season, Torgovnick offers some not-so-shocking revelations (injuries and eating disorders are frequent) as well as a few true surprises: Most male cheerleaders, she reports, are staunchly heterosexual (”In fact, it’s a culture of manly men — the kind who lift weights, drink beer, and butt heads”). While Cheer! can be repetitive — enough with the human pyramids! — it’s compelling and definitely worthy of a herkie. B+

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