American Cheerleader magazine has a book review page, and I was thrilled to find TOP TEN USES FOR AN UNWORN PROM DRESS in the December issue as one of their six recommended “fun reads”! I love the idea of cheerleaders all over the country reading about my characters, and hope to hear from many of them through my website.
American Cheerleader is a colorful and informative magazine, and it got me thinking about cheerleaders, past and present. In my day, cheerleaders were often dismissed as pretty girls who wanted to date football players. But today, cheerleading is regarded as a demanding sport. In fact, a high school senior recently told me at his school, the cheerleaders sustain as many sports-related injuries than the football players.
A sit-down with one of my favorite movies, “Bring It On,” drives home the blood, sweat and tears--and sometimes the guts--required in cheerleading.
And a look at the following list of ex-cheerleaders shows it takes a special kind of person to fill those shoes:
Jennifer Lynn Barnes,
Delacorte author of GOLDEN and TATTOO.
Still, the fact that cheerleaders tend to be young, attractive and wear cute little outfits keeps them--to some people--in Eye Candyland.
What do you think? With society’s increasing awareness and admiration of athletes, are cheerleaders are finally getting their due as hard-working competitors?
Top Ten Uses for An Unworn Prom Dress, March, 2007
How to Hook a Hottie, Spring 2008