We are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

Publication date: March 31st 2020

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.

Review

The Wildcats field hockey team ended their previous season with a devastating loss. This season they are determined to turn things around and come back stronger than ever before. Things seem like they are going exactly like Wildcat senior Mel had ever hoped. Their coach is back – deciding to stay with them and push them even harder than he has before, her best friend is back on the team after suffering a devastating injury at the end of the previous season and she is team captain.

Told over the period of 24 hours through the perspective of 6 different Wildcats – glimpses into the past, and events of the night reveal that not all is as it looks and something needs to be done about it. The back and forth of past-present added to the different povs was a perfect way to reveal this story.

This is definitely a girl power type of story. I was so excited to read a story about a girls sports team – and better yet a fieldhockey team! The girls camaraderie was perfect. The Wildcats are a team that pride themselves on thier loyalty to each other – they are a team of teenage girls who genuinely have each others back. This is not something that many authors choose to focus on – often choosing to portray them as the villian – and it was refreshing. The friendships, frustrations and the forgiveness were well written and believable. For this reason alone I would reccommend this book.

This book does include swearing (f***) and minor references to sex/alcohol. I think that most readers 15 and over would be appropriate.

TW: The actions of the Coach that are VERY inappropriate – he is manipulative, emotionally and verbally abusive, his interactions with one/more of the athletes is definitely over the line (not physically – emotionally) – he is terrible. There are also instances of racism, bullying and serious injury.

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