We Are the Wildcats
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 Details

TitleWe Are the Wildcats
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 31st, 2020
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Sports, Realistic Fiction

We Are the Wildcats Review

  • nova ryder ☼
    January 1, 1970
    not gonna lie, i immediately thought of high school musical
  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.Other people believing in you is important; believing in yourself is vital if you want to succeed. That's one message I got from Siobhan Vivian's latest book, We Are the Wildcats .Team first, always. Thats the mantra of the coach of the West Essex Girls Field Hockey team. Some say hes too hard on the team, some say hes manipulative, even abusive. But this mantra seems to be workingthe team has won four of the last five state championships.Last year, however, things fell apart and they 3.5 stars.Other people believing in you is important; believing in yourself is vital if you want to succeed. That's one message I got from Siobhan Vivian's latest book, We Are the Wildcats .“Team first, always.” That’s the mantra of the coach of the West Essex Girls’ Field Hockey team. Some say he’s too hard on the team, some say he’s manipulative, even abusive. But this mantra seems to be working—the team has won four of the last five state championships.Last year, however, things fell apart and they lost in the championship game. No one was even sure if Coach would come back this year, since he deserved to be coaching on the college level. The girls are all determined that what happened last year won’t happen again, and all battle to make the team for another year. They say, and try to prove, that they’re stronger, faster, tougher, and a few new, younger recruits show promise. Coach doesn’t agree, though. He doesn’t believe this team is ready to go all the way. He doesn't even think they can win their first scrimmage. And over the course of one night—which is supposed to be the team’s traditional Psych-Up Party—Coach injects himself in ways that cause the girls doubt, yet they are even more motivated to prove, especially to him, just how much they want to win.At the same time, though, Coach’s subtle manipulations magnify the girls’ vulnerabilities, and it’s not long before secrets are revealed (and discovered), lies are identified, and crucial decisions need to be made. It may be more than Coach bargained for.I thought this was an interesting book but it was a little different than I expected. I was expecting more Mean Girls but it wasn’t cruel like that. The book was narrated by a number of team members so at times it was tough keeping everything straight.Vivian did a great job creating tension throughout the whole book, and I was definitely hooked. I kept worrying that the plot might veer into uncomfortable territory, and there was lots of potential for that. But she remained true to her story, and while there might not be a lot of surprises, this was a good read.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • Ashley Nuckles
    January 1, 1970
    Wasnt a huge fan overall. I liked the friendship between the girls and how dedicated they were to something they loved, but a majority of this book dragged on very slowly and certain parts made me a bit uncomfortable. The end was a bit better as realizations were made, but it still wasnt super satisfying. Enjoyed certain moments but overall was only okay-ish. It is what it is! Wasn’t a huge fan overall. I liked the friendship between the girls and how dedicated they were to something they loved, but a majority of this book dragged on very slowly and certain parts made me a bit uncomfortable. The end was a bit better as realizations were made, but it still wasn’t super satisfying. Enjoyed certain moments but overall was only okay-ish. It is what it is!
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  • Samantha Londer
    January 1, 1970
    saying "fuck that fucking bitch" in response to a college student choosing a book about our corrupt criminal justice system written by a black author instead of your white friend's ya contemporary for their common reads program is a big yikes from me!!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. This one was a HUGE miss for me. I played softball year-round when I was in high school, so I was excited for a book about the bond between a girls' field hockey team. When I read this, though, there were quite a few issues for me. First, the pacing. This book takes place in one night and has six POVs. That means for the first 70 pages of this book, we got the intro chapters to each POV and only had exposition. FOR 70 PAGES. Not a good start. Then, in every chapter, we had the girls in the Wow. This one was a HUGE miss for me. I played softball year-round when I was in high school, so I was excited for a book about the bond between a girls' field hockey team. When I read this, though, there were quite a few issues for me. First, the pacing. This book takes place in one night and has six POVs. That means for the first 70 pages of this book, we got the intro chapters to each POV and only had exposition. FOR 70 PAGES. Not a good start. Then, in every chapter, we had the girls in the present time and they would ALWAYS have a flashback of some sort to last year and what went on in the team. I would get confused and not know if a scene was currently happening or if it was a flashback and it made the story seem to drag on. The main conflict of this book was the coach and I was not a fan. At all. The coach was manipulative and unprofessional and not at all okay. He had been the coach for four years and had done shady things, but none of the girls ever said anything to each other? Only ONE parent had said something in all of those years? That seemed unbelievable and I hated how his character was so malicious and overdramatic. I just wasn't a fan and I didn't like how the book ended with that situation. Overall, I had to force myself to finish this one. I didn't like the characters, the pacing, or the main conflict. I'd skip this one.
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  • Regsly
    January 1, 1970
    Edit: This can be read as a PSA, as much as it is a reminder to myself of what to read or not. Please don't go harass the author or spread hate. That's not what this is about. Two wrongs don't make a right. https://www.theguardian.com/books/201...https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/famou...Note to self on the attitudes I didn't like during the whole #SarahDessen drama.There's so many books to support, I'm leaving this here to remind myself of priorities in case someone suggests I buy one of Edit: This can be read as a PSA, as much as it is a reminder to myself of what to read or not. Please don't go harass the author or spread hate. That's not what this is about. Two wrongs don't make a right. https://www.theguardian.com/books/201...https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/famou...Note to self on the attitudes I didn't like during the whole #SarahDessen drama.There's so many books to support, I'm leaving this here to remind myself of priorities in case someone suggests I buy one of Siobhan's books. I'm not cancelling anyone, I didn't even know this person. I'm also sure this here won't make her sales drop. But since I'm a reader and I review books, I take into account that the victim could've been any one of us, just for having other reading priorities for a college curriculum or opinions the author doesn't like.Dessen left out the context on her original (now deleted) tweet about how a black student pushed forward a reading about real life stories on America's corrupt criminal justice system written by a black author, as opposed to a YA contemporary written by a white author for their Common Reads program. Taking the importance and relevance of the book's subject and all the context into account, I just have to tell Dessen to do better, and the other authors should not only do better but check the source before jumping into conclusions. I actually applaud this student for having succeeded in bringing Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption into the spotlight. Authors shouldn't go on a woe-is-me moment over social media and targetting readers, non-fans, etc.. Do it in the DMs. Pick better vocabulary. Don't be the basic woman who reverts into slurs, after the internalized misogyny "I'm not like other girls" discourse that ran all over that thread.
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  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately, this book was disappointing.I've read a lot of Siobhan Vivian's books, and this one was definitely my least favorite. There were too many points of view (none which were that different) which made the teammates and the brief background on each hard to keep straight.This all took place over 1 day, and I feel like not much happened. I had high hopes for this one, but it fell flat for me.
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  • Riley
    January 1, 1970
    this gets the big ole NOPE from me.this novel follows 6 girls on the wildcats varsity field hockey team as they embark on a mission the night before their first scrimmage of the season. most of the book explores the back stories of these girls and how they got to where they are in the present, but aside from that, there's not much plot.while some of the characters were marginally enjoyable, the book dragged to no end... and it only took place over one day/night. but this book focussed heavily on this gets the big ole NOPE from me.this novel follows 6 girls on the wildcats varsity field hockey team as they embark on a mission the night before their first scrimmage of the season. most of the book explores the back stories of these girls and how they got to where they are in the present, but aside from that, there's not much plot.while some of the characters were marginally enjoyable, the book dragged to no end... and it only took place over one day/night. but this book focussed heavily on the girls' relationship to their coach (referred to only as 'coach'), and while this relationship is VERY inappropriate, much of the book tries to justify it. even though the girls eventually see his behaviour as unacceptable, it's still VERY NOT OK.also, i don't really want to support this author any more, due to the very Not Cool twitter responses. (authors needs to not engage with readers' reviews, unless to say 'thank you.') see more here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/201... all in all, this was very very Not Good.
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  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Hannah FrenchA book all about a girl hockey team? Yes please.Ive never played a team sport, but after reading We are the Wildcats I wish I could join a powerful and fearless group of girls so we could kick some butt together.In the novel, 20 girls are chosen to be on the varsity hockey team, but they didnt win last season and are all still recovering from the loss. The next 24 hours see them come together as a team. They spend the entire night Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Hannah FrenchA book all about a girl hockey team? Yes please.I’ve never played a team sport, but after reading We are the Wildcats I wish I could join a powerful and fearless group of girls so we could kick some butt together.In the novel, 20 girls are chosen to be on the varsity hockey team, but they didn’t win last season and are all still recovering from the loss. The next 24 hours see them come together as a team. They spend the entire night together, they pull some pranks, have a sleepover, and make some dark realisations about their coach and his unconventional methods.I loved that this book was all about girls supporting girls. All of these girls have each others’ back and band up together. They are a team, no matter what.This book has a large amount of characters and it is written from the views of six different girls on the hockey team. They are all different and we get an insight into Ali who is Korean and how racism has impacted her life; we also see Grace struggle with not being conventionally “beautiful’; and Phoebe recovering from a severe injury. As there were so many characters, it was difficult to connect with all of them, but each reader will definitely connect with at least one of them.I really liked Grace and Ali as they were both strong in their own way and always stood up for each other and the rest of the team. I think Mel was a very interesting character, but her relationship with Coach was what made me dislike her as I think we needed more development of these two characters and their relationship. Mel and Phoebe’s friendship was really heartwarming and I thought it was great that they both had flaws and that they had made mistakes in their friendship.The book is set over 24 hours and the pacing was a bit difficult to read at times as we jumped back into the past quite a few times and it pulled me out of the story.I was also disappointed in the ending and it made me uncomfortable. The Coach of this team is seriously problematic and I wish these issues had been addressed more. I think sport coaches do tend to get away with more, especially if their team wins and I think the author explored this idea very well but we needed more closure on this issue.We need more books that draw attention to the fact that men never question the pedestal they are given just for being male and that girls should support each other and not tear each other down. I was so appreciative that these girls loved each other unconditionally and would never intentionally hurt one another.
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  • Katie Pierce
    January 1, 1970
    How's this author supposed to write a feminist book when this is how she talks about young women?This is extremely gross behavior.
  • Karma♥Bites ^.~
    January 1, 1970
    Fuck [this] fucking [book]
  • lexi ✨
    January 1, 1970
    not impressed.i feel like you don't even need to read the book because the whole story is in the summary/synopsis. the actual book is just a long drawn out story about a field hockey team called the wildcats and their manipulative coach. there were so many things that did not work out for this. i want to touch on the plot of the book which is the field hockey team and their coach. i feel like the main element of the story became the entire story & that leads to a lot of repetition & more not impressed.i feel like you don't even need to read the book because the whole story is in the summary/synopsis. the actual book is just a long drawn out story about a field hockey team called the wildcats and their manipulative coach. there were so many things that did not work out for this. i want to touch on the plot of the book which is the field hockey team and their coach. i feel like the main element of the story became the entire story & that leads to a lot of repetition & more opportunity for readers to get bored early on. it really didn't work well because there are only so many ways you can illustrate field hockey, characters who only care about field hockey & a coach that is disgusting beyond belief. all characters introduced only care about field hockey & place it above their families & loved ones. almost every single character in the story did this & it wasn't exciting having to read about all 6 characters blow off their loved ones or give them the cold shoulder for a sport & a coach who they basically worship. i really just can't believe how naive some of the characters were & how they trusted this man more than themselves or their parents/loved ones, but they were severely manipulated so i understand it's not entirely fair to critique the characters solely based on their naivety, but overall i didn't really like the characters. another element that did not work well was the structure of the book. at first it steadily rotated between characters & then closer to the middle of the book it started focusing on 1 or 2 characters which isn't a big deal, but it is noticeable & has an effect on the fluidity of the story. i don't understand how some of the coach's actions were not deemed suspicious by more adults in the book because there were definitely instances where another teacher or another parent could have witnessed that something was very wrong, but i feel like the author wanted the wildcats to be the heroes which is fine, but it just creates a more biased atmosphere & a lot of grey area for questioning, especially since there were a lot of events where adults were around this coach while he has doing highly questionable things like yelling & swearing at a high school field hockey team during a game. i never dnf a book because i always have hope i'll like some aspect of it, & i only like the bulldog because i'm & dog lover, but none of the events or characters stuck out to me & a grown ass man manipulating teenage girls & texting them at 3am is not exciting to read it's gross.- arc provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Lost in Book Land
    January 1, 1970
    Hello Again!I am back today with an extra special post! I was invited to take part in the blog tour for We Are The Wildcats. I first saw this book a while back on Goodreads and I have had my eye on it ever since. I was pulled in by the cover and hooked by the summary (kind of a you had me at hello situation). I was beyond excited (I mean sequels) when I was offered a place on the blog tour and I could not be happier to be sharing my thoughts about this book with you all right now. Additionally, Hello Again!I am back today with an extra special post! I was invited to take part in the blog tour for We Are The Wildcats. I first saw this book a while back on Goodreads and I have had my eye on it ever since. I was pulled in by the cover and hooked by the summary (kind of a you had me at hello situation). I was beyond excited (I mean sequels) when I was offered a place on the blog tour and I could not be happier to be sharing my thoughts about this book with you all right now. Additionally, because I thought this book rocked I am including a reference to the show I watched while I was reading this book!   SPOILERS AHEADThe Wildcat varsity squad has been set! There are new members, returning members, and even a member who will be joining as a 9th grader. This is the night before the first game of the season and the squad is going to have their team sleepover. Like all sleepover's this is supposed to be about bonding the team, building trust, and getting to know all your teammates. However, the night of the team sleepover hinges on a midnight initiation ceremony, a big Wildcat tradition that helps to bond the team. But things change when the Coach (a former athlete) changes the teams plan and sends them on many new adventures in one night, and not always the best of adventures.There were multiple very different perspectives in this book which is something I really enjoyed. I liked seeing all the different points of view, there are so many different people on the team, all with their own lives outside of the team and this night. I think a full cast audiobook of this book could be something super awesome (I have not listened to the audiobook, so it may already be full cast)! I already mentioned the cover above but I absolutely adore this cover and love the colors they chose (this will definitely be a feature on my shelves this year). I really enjoyed my time with this book and I am giving this four and a half stars on Goodreads.Now as promised some show recommendations because we are in quartine and once we finish reading a book we all need something to occupy our time while we have the struggle of picking out what to read next (or waiting for our next great read to come out). While I was reading this book, I was also watching the Netflix show Cheer at night! I slept on this show way too long and it goes well with this book. Cheer focuses on a cheerleading team trying to win their championship. I highly recommend checking out both Cheer and We Are The Wildcats!***Thank you so so much to the publisher for inviting me to join this blog tour!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    The varsity field hockey team of West Essex is legendary, despite their loss at state finals last year. To be a girl on the team is to become a true Wildcat. To become Someone. So the girls who make the final cut this year get together for their annual night-before-the-first-scrimmage bonding night, a lot is at stake, and little has to do with the game itself. Rather, six different girls reveal secrets they've kept close about the way their coach has been a toxic influence on them individually, The varsity field hockey team of West Essex is legendary, despite their loss at state finals last year. To be a girl on the team is to become a true Wildcat. To become Someone. So the girls who make the final cut this year get together for their annual night-before-the-first-scrimmage bonding night, a lot is at stake, and little has to do with the game itself. Rather, six different girls reveal secrets they've kept close about the way their coach has been a toxic influence on them individually, as well as a team. Told over less than 24 hours, the varied perspectives keep the pace of this book moving perfectly while giving a broad and encompassing idea of what it's like to be an elite female athlete on a team known for being The Best. There's a lot here about team bonds, about passion for the game, and about the ways that those very things can be manipulated by an outsider, particularly a "beloved" adult. The writing is lovely, and each of the voices is distinct. Readers looking for a story about girls who kick ass will do very well here -- as will readers who think they don't like sport stories, as the field hockey plays a role in the book, but it's not central to the book (which, for someone who loves a good sport book, knows that's how most sports books ARE -- the sport is the back drop, not the only story).
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  • Nina
    January 1, 1970
    i liked this better than STAY SWEET, which is why its coming in as a 1.5 star-er. RTC i liked this better than STAY SWEET, which is why it’s coming in as a 1.5 star-er. RTC
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    The power of this book lies in two separate spheres. The first is in the girls themselves -- how in the oftentimes brutal arena of high school, they choose to lift each other up, to support one another, even (especially!) the younger girls who are new to the Wildcats team. Their kindness is instinctual, their loyalty is resolute. It made my heart swell, as this is all I want for teenage girls everywhere all of the time. The second is in the way Siobhan Vivian reveals the slow burn of The power of this book lies in two separate spheres. The first is in the girls themselves -- how in the oftentimes brutal arena of high school, they choose to lift each other up, to support one another, even (especially!) the younger girls who are new to the Wildcats team. Their kindness is instinctual, their loyalty is resolute. It made my heart swell, as this is all I want for teenage girls everywhere all of the time. The second is in the way Siobhan Vivian reveals the slow burn of manipulation for what it is: an insidious reach for control over another person. This happened to me! As a 17 year old girl! And I can tell you from experience that the way it's portrayed here is so, so real. Let this book be a guiding force to teenage girls, leading them to find the strength that's inside themselves to reject toxic behavior from terrible dudes. I hope this book sells one billion copies. I'm ready for an underground legion of Wildcat girls to take over the planet.
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  • Joshee Kun (조수아)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, Simon & Schuster, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.It's never been her place to question him. It's her job to trust him. And she did trust him.This is my very first Siobhan Vivian book. If you look at its Goodreads page or Google the author, you might notice a trend: references to the Twitter war last November. I don't want to be redundant, so all you have to know is that Siobhan's way of supporting Sarah Dessen wasn't exactly helpful. Thank you, Simon & Schuster, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.It's never been her place to question him. It's her job to trust him. And she did trust him.This is my very first Siobhan Vivian book. If you look at its Goodreads page or Google the author, you might notice a trend: references to the Twitter war last November. I don't want to be redundant, so all you have to know is that Siobhan's way of supporting Sarah Dessen wasn't exactly helpful. Nonetheless, since book reviewers have to be objective, I won't let my opinion on the controversy affect my rating of this feminist novel. Those three stars are for the book, not the author.We Are the Wildcats doesn't have anything to do with High School Musical. It's about six girls (Mel, Phoebe, Luci, Ali, Grace, and Kearson) who a part of a 20-member field hockey team called the Wildcats. They have a major game coming, so they need to prepare themselves physically and mentally. Luci, the team captain, organizes a meaningful evening event to motivate everyone, but their beloved coach gets in the way and changes the game plan. However, because of Coach's interference, the girls eventually see his true, dark colors.The book was indeed suspenseful. Coach was a complex character, and I wanted to understand why the girls, especially Mel, adored him. Regardless of his cold and brusque temperament, they claimed that everything he did was to bring out the best players in them. Sometimes, the story made me uncomfortable because Mel's feelings for Coach weren't just respect and admiration. She treasured their conversations and felt special whenever he texted her. Their texts weren't romantic, but it was apparent that Coach was pulling Mel's strings.The other girls weren't infatuated with Coach, but they all wanted to please him through their athletic performance. It came to the point that I felt sorry for the Wildcats. Were they just too innocent or ignorant to realize his malicious power over them? For most of the book, Coach was an excellent manipulator. He often succeeded in making them feel indebted to him. So when things began to unravel, I was excited to see the girls kick his ass.The was supposed to cover only 24 hours. I expected a very fast-paced plot but found an intermittent one instead. There were too many perspectives to follow, and all of them had flashbacks to give their relationships with Coach some context. Unfortunately, I only cared about a few of them. Among the six POVs, I enjoyed Ali's the most. She was one of the two Asians on the team and had fascinating interactions with her Korean family. Grace (Wildcat #5) also had a cool big brother, and I loved their shared screentime. Finally, Phoebe (Wildcat #2) had one of the most significant struggles. Her ACL was torn, but she refused to let that get in the way of her dreams.The most notable aspect of this book was its depiction of female friendship. The protagonists rarely had petty arguments. Coach tried to break their faith in each other with manipulative tactics but failed as a result of their tenacity and loyalty. Still, several side characters behaved differently and were perfect examples of girl hate; they resented Grace and Kearson out of pathetic envy. Perhaps balance was achieved that way?Overall, We Are the Wildcats shows how girls can break free from the chains of toxic masculinity. It will make you curious, wary, and a little happy. I didn't thoroughly enjoy the book, but I would recommend it to anyone looking for something sporty and enlightening to read.
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  • I'm All Booked Up YA
    January 1, 1970
    Blog Tour: March 30th*We received this book in exchange for an honest review*Everyone at West Essex High School wants to be a varsity field hockey player. The football and basketball players never win championships. But this coach is tough and only 20 girls make the team every year.Six girls get their dream of playingbut there is a lot of pressure. The team lost in the state championships last year and the coach will do anything to prevent another embarrassment.The night of the team roster going Blog Tour: March 30th*We received this book in exchange for an honest review*Everyone at West Essex High School wants to be a varsity field hockey player. The football and basketball players never win championships. But this coach is tough and only 20 girls make the team every year.Six girls get their dream of playing…but there is a lot of pressure. The team lost in the state championships last year and the coach will do anything to prevent another embarrassment.The night of the team roster going up, the girls have a sleepover. Instead of a cute initiation ritual and a good night sleep, coach is calling all the shots in hopes of bringing the team together. Except, he’s more manipulative than any of them thought possible. He might unite them after all…against him.First things first, this book felt unique because of the six POVs. Meet Phoebe, Grace, Ali, Kearson, Mel and Luci. Ali and Kearson choked during the big game and are trying to prove themselves. Mel got into her dream college for field hockey, but still lets coach run her life. Phoebe’s injury kept her sidelined for the end of last season and now she’s planning a come back. Grace and Luci are new to varsity and just want to be accepted by their older peers.A big portion of this book focused on female friendships. Mel and Phoebe were at the center of this because they had been best friends forever. However, Phoebe’s injury hurt their relationship. Despite the hurdles they faced, it was great to see their friendship grow stronger. Each woman faced a challenge that they overcame over the course of the book. As the team grew to trust one another, their bond grew. It was refreshing to see a book portray such strong female friendships. Instead of tearing each other down, these women lifted one another up…bringing down their manipulative coach along the way. The reader felt compelled to watch them succeed and come together as a team!Speaking of their coach, he was the worst. We found it interesting that Vivian never told us his name, only referring to him as “Coach” throughout the book. By not giving him a name, it made the reader realize that this type of man can take on many forms and is more common than one would think. Not just a coach, but perhaps a boyfriend or a classmate. We loved that this book tackled the important theme of strong women banding together to break the chain of manipulation and abuse.There wasn’t a ton of romance in this book— but that almost felt okay. If you’re regular readers of our blog, then you know we love romance. Too much romance would’ve detracted from the story and the book’s overall message. It was more important that the women form strong bonds with each other than with men. However, we were glad that Mel realized her treatment of Gordy was rude and wrong. We’re glad they managed to make it work in the end!Overall, this was an entertaining book. We were eagerly trying to piece together each character’s story. To see it all come together in the end was satisfying.Blog | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Anja
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book. I wasn't completely sure what to expect, because I didn't really know what the synopsis was, so my expectations were really low. But I ended up going on a ride with these resilient characters with a backdrop that is very real, and I really enjoyed it. At first, I thought that the six perspectives were going to be jarring since the story takes place over 24 hours and that is a very short amount of time, but the perspectives kept me on my toes, and I really liked the I really liked this book. I wasn't completely sure what to expect, because I didn't really know what the synopsis was, so my expectations were really low. But I ended up going on a ride with these resilient characters with a backdrop that is very real, and I really enjoyed it. At first, I thought that the six perspectives were going to be jarring since the story takes place over 24 hours and that is a very short amount of time, but the perspectives kept me on my toes, and I really liked the different perspectives. Each character's perspective brought something different to the table, so each character was necessary. My favourite element to this story was the amount of detail. Siabhon did a great job bringing the story to life with her meticulous amount of detail. It is clear that she is knowledgable about what she's talking about, especially about Coach and his coaching. I liked how she executed that element, because at first, it didn't seem like a big deal, but towards the end, it definitely was in how the coaching affected the girls. I really liked how the author never named Coach so that the readers were never personally attached to him. The way that the author brought this to life makes me really realise that, even though these characters are fictional, this story is very realistic. I'm so glad that I enjoyed this story, and I hope that others will as well.
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  • Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Review to come.
  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    ARC from The Nerd Daily
  • Tiffany Heitz
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars. ARC from the TTBF. Easy read. 6 POVs of girls on a field hockey team. I enjoyed the team part of. The drama that unfolded helped too.
  • haley
    January 1, 1970
    First off - I haven't seen a review with any tws yet so let me be the first to say: tws for gaslighting, grooming, non-physical adult/minor relationship (it's not a "relationship" but it's definitely something and creepy as hell), toxic coaching techniques (not sure what to tag that as but he yells, is explosive, pushes them past their breaking point and uses them as pawns to further his accomplishments) - there might be others but those are the big ones I rememberThis book is gonna be hard to First off - I haven't seen a review with any tws yet so let me be the first to say: tws for gaslighting, grooming, non-physical adult/minor relationship (it's not a "relationship" but it's definitely something and creepy as hell), toxic coaching techniques (not sure what to tag that as but he yells, is explosive, pushes them past their breaking point and uses them as pawns to further his accomplishments) - there might be others but those are the big ones I rememberThis book is gonna be hard to review because I understand where the author was trying to go and I even appreciate the premise but the execution was not done very well at all. The idea of a group of girls banding together to get back at their toxic coach who has obviously been taking advantage of their success and treating them very poorly is right up my alley. When you add in the fact that this group of girls is founded on friendship and loyalty to each other and the sport they're playing the premise gets even better. I am a sucker for strong friendship groups and I love to see a large group of girls who truly love and care about each other. And, because of the description and what it's been tagged as, I expected this to be more along the lines of a revenge plot which would have been GREAT to see especially now that I've read it but that's not at all what this is about. I so badly wanted to love this, I was even desperate to read it and read it very quickly once I obtained it, which makes the fact that this is very clearly a 2 star to me all the more disappointing. The only thing I truly loved about this was the friendship between the girls. There is no pettiness, no bitterness, no hostility between any of the girls on the team. They just really care about each other and I think that's awesome to see depicted in a YA book about high school girls because we so rarely get to see that. I also enjoyed the fact that Grace had such a healthy relationship with her older brother. There was no animosity between the two of them which was nice to see as it differs from what I'm used to seeing in YA novels. But that's about where the things I liked about this book ends because everything else? Kind of a miss for me. The writing was fine, nothing horrible but also nothing fantastic. The characters were fine, they weren't horrible characters but I also didn't love any of them (I did find Mel incredibly annoying but I 100% understand it's not her fault so she gets a pass). The fact that there were six perspectives despite the book being short and a lot of their chapters being dedicated to flashbacks made it hard to get a real sense of the characters because we spent so little time with them. Also, there are twenty girls on that team and we didn't get a single girl's name besides the six main characters which was a little weird. But that's about where the "fine" aspects of this end because I didn't like anything else. The pacing was weird, it takes place over the course of 24 hours which is a fine format but I just didn't enjoy it very much in this context. There were so many characters and they were all telling different aspects of the story that it got hard to distinguish between them. They kind of all blurred together and in every chapter we'd get some kind of flashback to the year before and the incidents that caused the split between them and their coach which, while important, was very disconnecting. Not to mention, seeing "anyways" used several times throughout the novel to segway between flashbacks and the present was really weird and I just hated it. It made it seem more childish than it actually was.And then there's the plot. It was just... so basic and not that entertaining. I mean, I did read this in just a few hours and it caught my attention but that was mainly because I wanted to be done with this story so I could move on to other books. It wasn't bad it just wasn't good either. I don't have the words to articulate exactly why I didn't like it, I just didn't vibe with it and that's okay. I also found it incredibly annoying how naive everyone was when it came to the coach. I understand the girls' perspective honestly, they're teenagers and they think they owe him their success because they've basically been broken down and told they'd be nothing if it weren't for him. But the parents??? And literally any other adult who has ever witnessed how the coach is with them??? Where was their concern??? The only people who were concerned with the coach's actions where Gordy and Kearson's mom but considering she still let her daughter play for him she wasn't THAT concerned. I'm sure this all probably stems more from sports dynamics that I don't understand because I never played sports in high school but still, I feel like SOMEONE should have noticed and said something long ago about how toxic his coaching methods are.And now that I've finally mentioned the coach let's go into a little more detail about how much I despise that asshole. He's a complete puke. He's narcissistic, he's toxic and deserves to never have another coaching position again. (view spoiler)[What he did to Phoebe was despicable, how he talked about Grace was uncalled for, his rage that ended up hurting Kearson is unforgivable, his casual dismissal of the racism Ali faced was disgusting, the fact that he's ALREADY starting to groom Luci the same way he groomed Mel is enraging and the whole situation with Mel makes my blood boil. Seriously. Just because what Mel and the coach had wasn't physical doesn't mean there wasn't something creepy going on and the fact that it had been going on since she was 14 years old is so much worse. (hide spoiler)]I was filled with so much rage and annoyance reading about him and it was only fueled by the fact that it had gone unchecked for way too long because nobody did anything about it. I understand that the parents didn't understand a lot of what was going on because the girls felt a sense of loyalty to him and their team and didn't want to ruin things for the Wildcats, but surely they should have payed a little more attention to what was happening. Mel's parents went to every single game and had a close relationship with the coach but the didn't find his coaching problematic? And the satisfaction of seeing him "taken down" doesn't even alleviate most of that rage because (view spoiler)[it doesn't happen until the last like 20 pages and is literally the girls just going "you're fired" before the book ends. (hide spoiler)] The conclusion was completely underwhelming and the fact that most of this book consists of the girls talking about how they need to get their coach to believe in the team again despite everything he's done to them is infuriating. I understand that that was because a major theme of this book is loyalty and the girls choosing each other over everything but damn was that not executed well. If this had consisted of them realizing the coach sucks early on in the book and then the rest of it was them coming to terms with that and figuring out how to "outplay" him like the summary says it would have been much more enjoyable. Instead, the girls break their backs to try and do something that will make him proud of them and believe in them again (despite most of them knowing he sucks) only for them to realize at the very last second that he sucks and they need to do something about him.The whole thing was just very infuriating and overall completely underwhelming. Also, not as annoying but still worth mentioning: this is not a mystery nor is it a thriller and it's barely even suspenseful, the marketing on that is way off.tldr; the friendship theme is nice but don't waste your time
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  • Forever Young Adult
    January 1, 1970
    Graded By: Posh DeluxeCover Story: Hey GrrrrrrlBFF Charm: Make It RainSwoonworthy Scale: 0Talky Talk: Straight Up FeministBonus Factors: Women in Sports, Female FriendshipRelationship Status: We Are the ChampionsRead the full book report here.
  • sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Read my review on FYA:http://foreveryoungadult.com/2020/03/...
  • The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
    January 1, 1970
    I have always enjoyed Siobhan Vivians writing. While this book sounds like it is going to have some fun and excitement, there is no doubt that there will be a deep message within the pages. I cant wait to find out more! I have always enjoyed Siobhan Vivian’s writing. While this book sounds like it is going to have some fun and excitement, there is no doubt that there will be a deep message within the pages. I can’t wait to find out more!
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  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    As I start all of my reviews of Siobhan Vivians book, I throw it out there that I took her class in college and think shes one of the coolest people I have ever met. Just putting my bias out in the open so you can take this review with a grain of salt. That being said, I think that out of all of Vivians books Ive been able to read, this is my favorite. The characters were lovable and relatable and the plot was intriguing and believable, which is sometimes hard to do with high school characters. As I start all of my reviews of Siobhan Vivian’s book, I throw it out there that I took her class in college and think she’s one of the coolest people I have ever met. Just putting my bias out in the open so you can take this review with a grain of salt. That being said, I think that out of all of Vivian’s books I’ve been able to read, this is my favorite. The characters were lovable and relatable and the plot was intriguing and believable, which is sometimes hard to do with high school characters. It was quick paced and snappy, making you want to read just one more section to see what is going to happen next during this wild night. All of the narratives were weaved together wonderfully and you felt as if you were one of the unnamed Wildcats who was along for the crazy first twenty-four hours as a member of the varsity squad. While I didn’t play sports in high school (my school actually didn’t even have sports, but we could play for other schools in the city) I did marching band for a few years and was in jazz band during the school year. While there is a huge debate about marching band being a sport (it is), it did give me an understanding of the comradery that comes from spending all summer and fall with the same group of people working toward a championship. while, I didn’t have the added pressure that the Wildcats did with a Coach who had a rather….interesting coaching style breathing down my neck, Vivian captured that sense of family that comes when you are all striving to win, which is so hard to describe to those who haven’t experienced it themselves. The added pressure of a loss in the championship game the year before makes that desire, that push, and that passion make all the more sense. The whole story is based on us understanding the girl's relationship, their motivation to be a Wildcat, and VIvian does that effortlessly. I also have always been a big fan of multiple point of view stories. There is something about seeing an event from all angles that has always been appealing to me, but it also has to make sense in terms of the narrative. In Wildcats, with every narrative the reader learns more about it means to be a Wildcat alone with each girl's secret that they are trying to stop from swallowing them whole. Whether it has to do with something on or off the field, each girl feels as if they don’t deserve their group of friends, to be on the team, or the support they are being given. That is something that is deeply personable and relatable. Each of these secrets felt real as well as how each girl dealt with them, nothing so blown up that it seems as if it could only happen in a novel. Whether it is Mel worrying that she will not be able to lead the team or Luci that she is not good enough for all the praise she is being given, the personal worries are relatable to everyone in one sense or another. You know these girls or you were one of these girls, and you want nothing but for them to come out on top, on or off the field. Coach, well, I read a lot of true crime so maybe that gave me Bad News Bear feelings about him from the start. I am not going to get too much into his character since it is a main hinging part of the novel, but I will say that people like him totally exist in one facet or another. There was a girls softball coach in my hometown who was known for being brutal and making girls cry. If you weren’t interested in playing college softball, there was really no reason for you to even try out for the team, it was a well known fact. Yet, the girls who made the squad were terribly loyal to him. I’m sure there are male sports coaches like that too, but there seems to be something very insidious with male coaches who seem to think they need to push their female athletes harder because they are “girls”. They have nothing to prove just because of their sex, but it always seems to be the case. Overall, this is a fun novel with a lot of heart. What is even better is that none of the drama in the novel is really between the girls. Sure, there are a few squabbles here and there, but mostly it is the girls fighting against their own fears and insecurities. The rest of the time is always there to support them no matter what. There is no needless girl-on-girl hate, which is so easy to fall into when almost your entire cast of characters is high school females. There is no cat fighting on the Wildcats, it is teenage girls growing into themselves with the support of each other, which is really refreshing to read. You love all the girls, you root for them, and at the end of the novel, you feel like you are a Wildcat. I highly recommend this novel.
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  • Kaylee Gwyn (literarypengwyns)
    January 1, 1970
    A couple years ago I read Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian and fell in love with the way she wrote groups of young women and would accurately depict female friendships. So when I found out she was writing a new YA book about a team of girls, I knew it would be special.We Are the Wildcats is about the West Essex womens field hockey team. They have won five of the last six years state championships and ever since last years loss, the team of girls have had a lot of growing to do. We start their story A couple years ago I read Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian and fell in love with the way she wrote groups of young women and would accurately depict female friendships. So when I found out she was writing a new YA book about a team of girls, I knew it would be special.We Are the Wildcats is about the West Essex women’s field hockey team. They have won five of the last six years state championships and ever since last year’s loss, the team of girls have had a lot of growing to do. We start their story as they complete try-outs (GRUELING) and are about to do their annual night of bonding before they start their season. Their coach had them all on edge waiting to see if he would come back and coach them this year and no one wants to disappoint him.As the story unfolds, through six different teammates points of view, we follow them as they try to unify as a team while flashing back to what happened to each of them over the last year. What becomes clear is that coach might not be the golden boy he appears to be, and really might not be the team player the Wildcats need.What I truly loved about this story is it wasn’t girl hating girl... instead, we had girls from all walks of life, ethnicities, and ages coming together to bond as a team, broken ready to become whole. They have a common goal and purpose driving them and it was inspiring. It made me nostalgic for my soccer days and had me reliving what it meant to be apart of a successful yet toxic team. I wish I had been a Wildcat!Even if you aren’t into sports, this book is one that will fly by and give you hope for the next generation of girls growing up and standing up for not only theirselves, but also for the other girls. It’s true feminism. Congrats Siobhan for creating another story of what it means to be a true friend and for crafting another group of girls that I would love for myself or my daughter to be part of!We Are the Wildcats is released today and can be purchased online, but maybe think of supporting White Whale Books (Siobhan’s indie) where they will ship for free and get it personalized for you (since Siobhan’s tour was cancelled). Support authors and support indies!Did you play any sports in high school or college? If not, any sports that interest you? If sports aren’t your thing, what were you into in school?https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-aesTbA...We Are the Wildcats Siobhan Vivian
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  • Taylor Biela
    January 1, 1970
    They sprint, in sneakers and pajamas, hair blowing, high on endorphins. Bare-faced. Some of the girls hold hands, pull each other along. They know love. This is love. Better than with any guy because this is forever.The Wildcats girls field hockey team is ready to redeem themselves after their embarrassing loss for the championship last season. And now with the start of a new season, their first team psych up is happening tonight, a midnight tradition where the new girls get their varsity “They sprint, in sneakers and pajamas, hair blowing, high on endorphins. Bare-faced. Some of the girls hold hands, pull each other along. They know love. This is love. Better than with any guy because this is forever.”The Wildcats girls’ field hockey team is ready to redeem themselves after their embarrassing loss for the championship last season. And now with the start of a new season, their first team “psych up” is happening tonight, a midnight tradition where the new girls get their varsity jerseys and officially join the team. But when the sleepover gets twisted into something more, secrets and revelations begin to unravel that can either tear this team apart or bring them even closer together.This was a quick, easy read, despite six POVs. I love multi POV novels so much, but sometimes with contemporary all the voices can sound the same. Which in this case, they did not. Each character brought something new to the story, a different layer where their feelings and dreams and fears were fully realized and important to the story. The relationships the team shared was what made this novel for me. It was unlike anything I’ve read in a YA novel. Girls supporting girls? Yes, please. There wasn’t any jealousy or competition between the team, even with the coach’s meddling. Speaking of…I wish his toxic behavior wasn’t mentioned in the summary. I think this book would have contained a bit more suspense if we hadn’t known he was the bad guy. His toxic traits manifesting slowly on the page would have made for a more enjoyable read in my mind, instead of knowing upfront that the team would eventually have to face him and his behavior. I knew before I even opened this book who our bad guy was, and I wish I didn’t.Overall, I did enjoy reading from each POV and waiting as the secrets were revealed one by one. The ending felt perfect, a true testament to the strength and courage of teenage girls. I would gladly read more stories about each of these girls.We Are the Wildcats is set to release on March 31st, 2020.*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.Content Warnings: emotional abuse, abuse by authoritarian figure, pedophilia (not on page)
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  • Allyson (AllyEmReads)
    January 1, 1970
    A really solid book all about feminist power and the love that teammates share.This stuck out to me for two reasons. Number one, the sheer camaraderie and unconditional love these girls shared for each other. Growing up, I was a year round softball player for most of my life. I played for nearly sixteen years, starting at the young age of four. Some of the girls that I played with I had known for over a decade. And we had that tight knit bond that the Wildcats possessed as well. More than A really solid book all about feminist power and the love that teammates share.This stuck out to me for two reasons. Number one, the sheer camaraderie and unconditional love these girls shared for each other. Growing up, I was a year round softball player for most of my life. I played for nearly sixteen years, starting at the young age of four. Some of the girls that I played with I had known for over a decade. And we had that tight knit bond that the Wildcats possessed as well. More than anything, this book made me miss the rush of playing my favorite sport in the world. Reason two is decidedly less nostalgic. I won’t go into details, but my freshman year the varsity cheer coach was very similar to the coach in this book. He was manipulative and borderline abusive with his workouts and “encouragement” to be the best. He was fired after my first year there for some...unpleasant rumors (that I never confirmed). Unlike the badass ladies of West Essex high school, us cheerleaders didn’t have the balls nor the evidence to truly stand up against him, so this was a cathartic sense of retribution to me. It’s funny how books can drudge up memories from nine years ago (mild existential crisis ensuing) that were thought to be gone forever. I feel like emotionally this is a five star but there are some stylistic choices Vivian made that aren’t my favorite, just a personal preference. I’ve read some of her other works and know that’s just her style, and that it unfortunately clashes with my reading taste. I can recognize that this is a me thing so while it is affecting my star rating it’s not affecting my overall enjoyment while reading, which was high. I read this in one sitting, across maybe four hours, and I did really enjoy myself. Although the primary emotion I felt while reading was anger, but it was all directed to the coach’s character. Ugh, I have never wanted to sucker punch a character so much before. While simultaneously hugging each of the girls and telling them that they were all spectacular and deserved more than that jackass.
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