Monday, May 3, 2021

Comic Review: Squad Goals by Shequeta Smith

Title: Squad Goals
Author: Shequeta Smith
Genre: Comic; Young Adult
Publication Date: November 27, 2020

Squad Goals tells the story of Faith Walker, a former UCA cheerleader turned championship-winning cheer coach who, after a rogue hair bow incident, loses the 2020 UCA championship. Just before the fall season begins, Faith is fired from her coaching job at Dallas Prep and replaced by Bianca Houston, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who also happens to be her arch-nemesis. While searching for a new gig, Faith is recruited to coach a ragtag team of girls located at a local juvenile detention center. Despite their teen angst and aversion to cheerleading, Faith manages to find something special in each of the girls that she uses to turn them into a formidable cheer squad.





*Thank you to the Author for allowing me to read this. This is my honest and unbiased review*

Hello Fellow Readers,

It's been a while and I'm trying to settle in to reading and reviewing again. I'm trying to get back into the groove of reading and while it's a little difficult especially right now, I'm going to continue trying. Anyway let's get on to the review.

This was such a fun comic to read. Superficially, one might ask why a comic about cheerleaders would be interesting but of course never judge a book by it's cover. The story revolves around 4 girls Anna, Tonya, Macy and Carmen along with their new coach Faith Walker. Each girl has gotten into some troubled which caused them to be transferred to a juvenile detention center, but things are not as cut and dry as it seems. The girls have a lot going on, from death in the family all the way to bullying, while Coach Walker is dealing with being replaced by her ex-husbands new wife. 

The story is a heartwarming underdog tale but I really wished it was longer. I was just craving more backstory and insight to each of the individual girls lives. I also wished it showed more bonding moments as well as training. The artwork is nice and does it's best to show each girl's personality.

Overall, if your looking for a nice quick read.

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