Published by Simon & Schuster on March 31, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher, Finished Hardcover from Publisher
A toxic coach finds himself outplayed by the high school girls on his team in this deeply suspenseful novel, which unspools over twenty-four hours through six diverse perspectives.
Tomorrow, the Wildcat varsity field hockey squad will play the first game of their new season. But at tonight’s team sleepover, the girls are all about forging the bonds of trust, loyalty, and friendship necessary to win.
Everything hinges on the midnight initiation ceremony—a beloved tradition and the only facet of being a Wildcat that the girls control. Until now.
Coach—a handsome former college player revered and feared in equal measure—changes the plan and spins his team on a new adventure. One where they take a rival team’s mascot for a joyride, crash a party in their pajamas, break into the high school for the perfect picture.
But as the girls slip out of their comfort zone, so do some long-held secrets. And just how far they’re willing to go for their team takes them all—especially Coach—by surprise.
A testament to the strength and resilience of modern teenage girls, We Are the Wildcats will have readers cheering.
We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian is a young adult contemporary about a high school girls field hockey team. I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun, and I loved that the end summary blurb said We are the Wildcats is “a testament to the strength and resilience of modern teenage girls…” because that is exactly what I felt about this book. I loved getting to know all of the characters. Author Siobhan Vivian wrote a book that was simultaneously charming, fun and powerful.
We Are the Wildcats is told in multiple perspectives, which is a format I really enjoy. It allows the readers to get to know several of the girls on the field hockey team quite well. Each of the girls has a different perspective and voice, and that is not easy to do when you are juggling so many different voices. My favorite aspect of We are the Wildcats is the bonds of friendship among the girls.
The actual plot of the book takes place mostly on an adventure/mission the girls go on the night before their first game of the season. It kind of felt like The Night we Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi, because the book takes place over one day and night and features multiple perspectives on a high school adventure. I will say I didn’t love some aspects of the coaches relationship with the girls. A few things made me uncomfortable, but in the grand scheme of the novel, they made sense. Even though I understand why they were there, it still doesn’t mean I loved them though. But the real stars of the book are the 6 main characters. I loved all of them. Plenty of friendship, secrets, growth and a camaraderie are present in We Are the Wildcats. I thought this book was really well done, and as I said earlier it is a great mix of fun and serious messages woven together. I think fans of young adult contemporaries showcasing the strength of young women, will really enjoy We are the Wildcats.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge