Review: Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders

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It’s geeks versus jocks in an epic battle of the beverages!

From “one of the most real, honest, and still funny male voices to come around in a while” (YALSA) comes a brand-new cast of quirky characters, pitting fat boy Gabe against the high school cheerleading team in a battle over control of the school’s soda machine.

The war is ON! Never have the stakes been so high. Never have the trenches been so deep. Never has one soda vending machine been so vital. When the high school cheerleading team takes over the machine’s funds previously collected by the pep band, Gabe will not stand for it. Something must be done.


Honestly, I’m a little disappointed. I’m not sure why, but the book left me feeling a little fat. While I was reading, even during the “tense” and “dramatic” moments, I felt no emotion at all. I didn’t sympathise with the characters. I didn’t relate to the characters, or connect with them in any way, and as the folks over at our TV Singing Comps are saying, the most important thing to do in a song is to connect with the song, and with the audience.

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This book was bland and lacked the flair that truly makes a book a story, rather than a collection of words. In a word – lukewarm.

Another thing that I didn’t like about the book was the writing style. Instead of written as a conventional book, it was portrayed as a transcript between the main protagonist (“Fat Boy”) and a police officer. I think this was unnecessary and just detracted from the little interest the book attempted to give to the reader.

Another thing that was annoying was the generalisation. The jocks might as well have been copied and pasted, and the same goes for the cheerleaders. The geeks, sure, they were different – not vibrant, but different – but the jocks? Pfft. Who cares about them? They can just all be clones of each other.

Furthermore, this is an “self-absorbed main character” book. “Fat Boy”, despite belonging to the group of outcasts, still manages to be mean without realises. Calling cheerleaders cheer b!tches, calling a goth girl “Gore” (and not as a compliment), referring to a dance routine as a “strip tease”. All of this done with no realisation of cruelty. Although he does learn a little as the book progresses, it’s too little, too late, and sending random apology messages on Facebook to the cheerleaders who you just called b!tches isn’t going to make anything better. Absorbed in his own problems, he fails to notice the problems of those around him.


Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ 3/10


Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders is out now. Buy at your local bookstore.


The Info:

  • Title: Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders
  • Author: Geoff Herbach
  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (January 1st, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 1402291418
  • URL: Goodreads
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