Review: Squad by Mariah MacCarthy

Title: Squad

Author: Mariah MacCarthy

Pages: 249 Pages

Publisher: Macmillan’s Children’s Publishing Group

The Blurb

Jenna Watson is a cheerleader. And she wants you to know it’s not some Hollywood crap: they are not every guy’s fantasy. They are not the “mean girls” of Marsen High School. They’re literally just human females trying to live their lives and do a perfect toe touch. And their team is at the top of their game. They’re a family.

But all that changes when Jenna’s best friend stops talking to her. Suddenly, she’s not getting invited out with the rest of the squad. She’s always a step behind. And she has no idea why.

While grappling with post-cheer life, Jenna explores things she never allowed herself to like, including LARPing (live action role playing) and a relationship with a trans guy that feels a lot like love.

When Jenna loses the sport and the friends she’s always loved, she has to ask herself: What else is left?

The Review

Squad is set during that awkward transition period of high school when you are still trying to figure out who you are and who you are going to be. It is made even more so when you lose your support group. This is what happens to Jenna Watson. She feels her best friend slipping further away but rather than dealing with it by crying and over eating she kind of goes a bit off kilter.

Squad is a fantastic look at toxic friendships and how mental health of young adults. We watch as Jenna slowly disintegrates and has to find out who she is away from the safety of the squad.

As far as books about friendship go then Squad is a fantastic story of how the heartbreak of losing your best friend is just as bad as losing your first love.

Squad by Mariah MacCarthy is available now.

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