Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier and Val Wise Graphic Novel Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Annie is a smart, antisocial lesbian starting her senior year of high school who’s under pressure to join the cheerleader squad to make friends and round out her college applications. Her former friend BeeBee is a people-pleaser—a trans girl who must keep her parents happy with her grades and social life to keep their support of her transition. Through the rigors of squad training and amped up social pressures (not to mention micro aggressions and other queer youth problems), the two girls rekindle a friendship they thought they’d lost and discover there may be other, sweeter feelings springing up between them.

I received this book from NetGalley as an eARC in exchance for an honest review. I have given Cheer Up: ove and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier and Val Wise five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ugh, this sweet, wholesome, fluffy, sapphic romance graphic novel was *chefs kiss*.

I believe this is the first book that I’ve read which has a transgender and a lesbian as the main characters, which I definitely want to read more of! We follow two former friends Bebe and Annie who are starting their senior year. Bebe is a trans girl who recently came out and is trying to deal with the differences in her home life and at school, she is a people pleaser and will do almost anything to keep everyone else happy. On the other hand, we have Annie who is a very smart, antisocial lesbian who tends to make a bad name for herself amongst her peers. I came to adore both characters really quickly.

The illustrations of this graphic novel were absolutely gorgeous, I loved the details, art style and colours used throughout. The relationships that we witness blossom in this novel were beautiful and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I loved the fact that the cheer squad aren’t made up of stereotypical fit, skinny girls but people of all different shapes and sizes. The only downside I could possibly mention about this graphic novel is that it ended way too quickly for my liking.

Although I’d say that this novel is fluffy, it definitely deals with some tough topics which unfortunately are still happening in today’s society, like transphobia, microaggressions and harassment. I thought this book dealt with these difficult topics well and gave an informative insight to the audience about what not to say to transgender people and also how to teach people how to be more inclusive and kind without creating any social pressures.

I would definitely recommend this to anybody who is currently in the middle of a reading slump as this is a fast-paced, super fluffy and romantic graphic novel. I can’t wait to pick up more graphic novels like this one in the future! I can only hope that they’ll make a sequel to this book as I definitely need more Bebe and Annie chapters in my life.

Have you read any graphic novels, if so what is/are your favourite/favourites? Have you read Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier and Val Wise? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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