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The Naughty List by Suzanne Young

The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: February 4th 2010
Buy it from: Book Depository (free shipping worldwide!)
Bronze star (3/5 stars)

Synopsis: As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn’t enough responsibility!

Tessa Crimson’s the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad–turned–spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn’t be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!

When Tessa’s own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa’s sneaky ways end in catastrophe?

The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?

Review: The Naughty List portrays cheerleaders in a different light. Usually when we talk about cheerleaders in YA books, two things come to your mind. Gorgeous and bitchy. But Young gives a twist to this stereotype by making her cheerleaders kind, sweet girls who are determined to do good! They frown upon cursing, and replace those not-so-polite language with words like ‘oh, applesauce!’. I am very pleased that Young came up with such a unique idea. Confession time: while reading this book, I was imagining Tessa and her friends like the girls from Totally Spies (TV show). Awesome kick-butt heroines. And yes, their sleuthing matched up to the girls from Totally Spies.

While witty and delightful, I was not very satisfied with the plot. It was simply too convenient. I do not want to give away anything crucial about the plot, so I will just say that the synopsis spoiled the book for me. The entire time I was reading, I was waiting for the cheating to crop up. Instead, I was delivered pages of flirting and repetitive dialogue. For a chick-lit book, this was actually a pretty good read. The characters were likable enough, just that the plot fell short.

Overall, while The Naughty List was not the most thought-provoking, well-written book, it makes a good read on days when you are feeling down and in desperate need of something to put a smile on your face. My thirteen-year-old self would have gobbled this book up.