High school cliques and the whole `looks can be deceiving' concept completely knocked on its head.
Told in first person narrative from the point of view of Bethany. All round smart girl, honors list, volunteer extraordinaire, school newspaper columnist and self proclaimed geek. She is a fabulous character, so ultimately comfortable with herself, she has a self deprecating inner monologue that I'm sure we can all relate to. She's a loyal friend, adorable big sister and just so so so nice, even when she is trying to be mean, lol.
Bethany has hidden depths and when she tries out for cheerleading to support her best friend Moni, her dance classes as a child really pay off. Although it all starts out as a bit of a joke, Bethany takes her cheerleading seriously, supporting the less popular sports as well as the star basketball team. Her innate niceness endears her to people. Bethany is the catalyst to blending the geeks with the poplars' while finding a new appreciation for both sides as well as herself.
Enter the hot basketball star, Jack, Bethany has been secretly crushing on him for years, although he sits next to her in Independent Reading (I am loving the sound of this class) she always gets tongue tied around him plus he has a reputation for avoiding girl drama concentrating on getting a sports scholarship instead. Becoming a cheerleader seems to tip the scales where Jack is concerned and they start dating. However, it's not that simple, there's a nagging doubt at the back of Bethany's mind as to the `real' reason Jack noticed her after all this time.
The use of Pride and Prejudice within the story as well as the parallels in the plot were wonderful to follow and added depth to the story. How different are the divides in society really from Austen's time?
All of the characters are deliciously quirky and well rounded. The interactions are believable. I adore the idea that people can't be stereotyped; people are a blend of lots of things so why should they be labeled as just one thing. The lines between cliques blur as you get older and become comfortable with who you are, so why shouldn't this apply to High School. It's all about accepting yourself for who you are and having the confidence not to bend to peer pressure.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.