'We are the Wildcats' by Siobhan Vivian

in , by Kane, August 22, 2020

Title: We are the Wildcats
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Rating:3 stars

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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 pyjamas, 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. 

The book started with the selection of the varsity team. I went in expecting a traditional path-a journey of the Wildcats winning the championship. But soon other details uncover in the sidelines and the plot turned to something else entirely. 
The book had a lot of hockey terminology, which I didn't get but the story was still understandable.
The chapters were written in the light of six girls who got selected for the varsity team-this was clever and astute. 
The situation might seem simple-the Wildcats, who are a very successful team lost their last championship game, ending a long winning streak.
But writing it this way the acuteness of the loss was fully and precisely captured, making the readers empathize with the characters.
I particularly enjoy being in characters'  heads and following their thought processes, so I loved this style. 
The characters weren't very memorable. They weren't bad, they just didn't make any mark. I did like two characters though-Phoebe and Kearson. These two characters were written in such a way that their shortcomings and strengths combined to make them quite admirable. Luci was a good character too,even though the novel doesn't follow Luci a lot. Luci was wise and sensible. 
The first two-thirds of the book was interesting in its own right but the juicy and exciting parts came in the last one-third.
Though I was satisfied with the ending, it felt a little abrupt. An epilogue would've been nice to explain what became of the Wildcats.
What I will take away from this book is the grit and the camaraderie of the Wildcats. The relationship the Wildcats had was so pure, strong and fierce. I was awed by their dedication to the sport.

Some lines I liked in the book:
"Follow your heart, but take your brain with you"

"The thing is, in sport, people are always talking trash. Players, fans. They do it to rattle you, to get under your skin, break your concentration.
But Coach is right. You can't let them. The best players have the mental discipline to block out and stay focused on the game."

 They also taught me a thing or two about how to be a good team member. Most importantly,
             " Team first, always."  
This YA book is psychological, it's diverse, and inspiring-if it sounds like your thing, try We are the Wildcats.

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