This is a delight, which I knew it would be after loving Dahlia Adler’s Cool for the Summer last year.
Amber has dreams of becoming cheer captain and being able to get a scholarship so she can go to college away from Atherton and be able to be out and openly date girls. But while she’s still in high school, she and her best friend Miguel are each other’s beard, especially after Miguel had been blackmailed, to make sure if the blackmailer tried to out him he could have Amber to alleviate suspicion. When Robbie, the quarterback at Atherton, dies in a sudden accident, Jack is brought on (but not recruited) because she has the skills that could finally get Atherton a winning season. Unfortunately everyone on the football team and the cheerleading squad is more concerned with the fact she’s a girl than the fact she has skills, which makes Jack’s experiences less than stellar.
I really enjoyed this book and the romance between Amber and Jack was overall really cute. I also adored Amber and Miguel’s friendship and the solidarity they’ve built to survive their closeted experience. There are several utterly delightful scenes of high school experiences like midnight breakfast and homecoming. I did find some of Amber’s selfishness and lying frustrating at the end but that could be a product of me being an adult reading the book because it definitely aligned with her character and motivations. If you want an overall fluffy contemporary quarterback-cheerleader romance this will absolutely satisfy!
[I received an advance copy via Netgalley; this in no way influences my review.]