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.
You can check out my review of We Are the Wildcats HERE
Describe We are the Wildcats in a tweet.
A high school girls field hockey team decide to take down their toxic male coach after one wild night of bonding and friendship.
We Are the Wildcats is told from 6 perspectives. How did you plot out the perspectives and what was the most challenging aspect of writing a novel with so many different voices?
I had 8 different points-of-view in my novel The List, so in some ways, writing 6 felt like a breeze! And the 24-hour clock really helped keep the plot moving. I also made sure that each Wildcat had a different painful secret they were keeping from the rest of the team, which I think helped each character feel distinct from the other.
Tell us something about one of the Wildcats that we would be surprised to learn?
Each girl secretly feels they are the weakest link on the team.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
I love revising and how little tweaks and changes can have a huge impact on a story.
We Are the Wildcats is a great story about modern young women. What is something you would like young women to take away from your novel?
You don’t need some big clear-cut event or incident to prove that you are in an unhealthy relationship. That little nagging voice inside yourself is enough.
And just for fun:
If we had an author talent show, what would you talent be?
I can do an excellent impression of Fozzy Bear from the Muppets.
7. Since so many of us are self-isolating or staying at home, What have you been filling your time with? Do you have any fun tv show, game or book recommendations?
Playing Scattergories on Zoom with my friends has greatly lifted my spirits.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge