Janette Rallison's novels for teens are, in a word, fun. They tend to be fueled by comedy, romance, and drama both at school and home. They also have undeniably catchy titles. Who could resist a book called Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List, or one entitled All's Fair in Love, War, and High School?
All's Fair came out in 2003. The sequel, Revenge of the Cheerleaders, hit the shelves this October. The Cheerleaders appeared at my workplace a few months early, singing in preparation for their debut. You see, Revenge is all about a high school singing competition which is similar to American Idol, but being held exclusively for teens. Chelsea and her friends want to make sure it's a clean competition, even if Rick, her little sister's rude rocker boyfriend, tries to trip them up.
Despite popular opinion to the contrary, revenge is a dish best served warm and WITHOUT mean spirit. This book is cute and cheery. If you liked Janette Rallison's previous novels, if you can quote the movie Clueless, or if you enjoy lighthearted dramedies, then Revenge of the Cheerleaders will make you grin and giggle.
While discussing the book, Janette and I came up with this playlist. I've combined the songs mentioned in the book -- including those used in the High School Idol competition, of course! -- with a few cheerleading staples, a few pop anthems, a few angsty tracks, and some of Janette's current favorites.
Revenge of the Cheerleaders Playlist
Because I'm Awesome by The Dollyrots
The opening cheer sequence from Bring It On
I Want to be a Rock Star by Nickelback
Mickey by Toni Basil
Dirty Little Secret by The All-American Rejects
Walk Away by Kelly Clarkson
On Her Mind by Duncan Sheik
Prodigal Daughter by Jonatha Brooke
Chelsea by Stefy
Be True to Your School by The Beach Boys
The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) by Cher
Bonus track: The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) by Betty Everett