With a title like this, you know that something is bound to go terribly wrong, probably multiple somethings. What happens when you pit the Robotics Club against the cheerleaders in a fight over student group funding? Poor Charlie, the captain of the basketball team, is about to find out when he gets stuck in the middle between his friend Nate, scheming president of the robotics club, and his ex-girlfriend Holly, the head cheerleader. What follows is a student council presidential campaign that gets progressively dirtier.
This is a good story, where emotions and tempers lead to some poor decisions that leave both groups worse off than when they started. It breaks the mold of dumb jocks vs. geeks with some seriously smart, ambitious cheerleaders. And the geeks don’t fit the socially awkward stereotype either. My favorite character is Joanna. She’s one feisty young lady and drives a mean robot. The black and white illustrations really bring the story to life, with just enough exaggeration to really convey emotions and mood without going over the top. I am rapidly becoming a huge Faith Erin Hicks fan!
I read this book as part of YALSA’s 2014 Hub Reading Challenge. It had been on my To Read list since it first arrived at the library. Thanks to the Challenge, I finally found the motivation to go back and actually read it. I really expected to enjoy it and was not disappointed.