Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal FrasIer

Published: August 10, 2021

Paperback, 128 pages

(Thanks to Netgalley and Oni Press, I recieved an eARC to read and review.)



A sweet, queer teen romance perfect for fans of Fence and Check, Please!

Annie is a smart, antisocial lesbian starting her senior year of high school who’s under pressure to join the cheerleader squad to make friends and round out her college applications. Her former friend BeeBee is a people-pleaser—a trans girl who must keep her parents happy with her grades and social life to keep their support of her transition. Through the rigors of squad training and amped up social pressures (not to mention micro aggressions and other queer youth problems), the two girls rekindle a friendship they thought they’d lost and discover there may be other, sweeter feelings springing up between them. 


I thought this was quite and enjoyable graphic novel. The plot, and characters really made the whole story flow. After seeing what this one was being compared to I knew I needed to give it a go since I loved both graphic novels. I feel like this one will be popular, especially because it is extremely inclusive!

The character’s in this one were on a whole other level. I enjoyed Annie as a character, she was very relatable. I also loved BeeBee’s character as a whole. The trials and tribulations that these character’s face are done in a wonderfully graceful manner.

Overall I would highly recommend this book if you are into graphic novels or just getting started. It such a beautifully illustrated and written book, that I can’t see anyone not enjoying it. The cheerleading storyline was done in a fun way that shows you what a team really is about.

Boston Book Reader