Books the Navarro Cheer Squad (and You) Should Read

March 13, 2020
Emily Ritter

If you’re like me, you binged Netflix’s Cheer in one week, became deeply obsessed with every single person on the show, and asked all of your friends repeatedly, “have you watched Cheer yet?”

After spending so much time with the squad, I started to wonder, what books would they be reading when they’re not cheering?

Books the Navarro Cheer Squad (and You) Should Read

Lexi: When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

Lexi can’t help but be a rebel. She would love this moving, darkly funny novel about six teens whose magic goes wildly awry, falling in love with your best friend, and the danger of keeping secrets.


Sherbs: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Sherbs is totally Stella from Five Feet Apart. She has her act together and is one of the most successful of the Cheer bunch. She would love to read about how Stella and Will fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within a few feet of each other without risking their lives.


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Morgan: Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Alanna by Tamora Pierce

Morgan does. not. quit. Much like Alanna, who disguises herself as a boy to become a knight of the realm. Morgan could take inspiration from Alanna as she fulfils her dreams and becomes a legend.


Gabi: Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

Gabi is already an influencer, and could totally relate to the struggles of both Leanna Smart, popstar, and Pablo Rind, college dropout, who fall in love in this novel from Mary H.K. Choi.


La’Darius: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

La’Darius is both Ari and Dante. He has the makings of a great leader, but may need to work through some anger first. And like Ari and Dante, whose love inspires us, his character arc is the best.


Monica: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Monica is both ruthless and caring. She totally has it in her to be a Scythe. In a world where humanity has conquered all things, including death, Scythes are the only ones who can end life. Can’t you picture it? Monica would be so into this bestselling series by Neal Shusterman.


Jerry: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Everyone in the world has a crush on Jerry, so let’s give him the book where Lara Jean’s crushes all find out about her love for them at the same time! And since Jerry is joy incarnate, he deserves the joy of reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and then watching the movie on Netflix on repeat.

Now please enjoy the awe-inspiring Cheer routine because you deserve it:

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