Home field advantage

Dahlia Adler

Book - 2022

Amber McCloud's dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but after the football team's quarterback dies in an accident and is replaced by a girl, Amber knows she should work against this unliked Jaclyn to keep her cheer status but the two fall for each other.

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Subjects
Genres
Sports fiction
Lesbian fiction
Romance fiction
Gay fiction
Novels
School fiction
Published
New York : Wednesday Books [2022]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
296 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 13-18
ISBN
9781250765840
1250765846
Main Author
Dahlia Adler (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Robbie Oakes wasn't the greatest quarterback—­or, as cheerleader Amber McCloud knows, the greatest human—but when he died in a car accident, most of the teammates, like much of their Florida town, were quick to canonize him. As Amber enters junior year, she focuses on making cheer captain next season by fake-dating a closeted boy on the football team and hiding her own interest in girls. When the football coach recruits a new QB, all hell breaks loose: Jack Walsh is a girl. The fact that she's good seems to add insult to injury, and both the team and the squad refuse to accept her. But while Amber's future rests on making cheer captain, she can't stop noticing Jack—who's noticing her right back. In Amber and Jack's alternating perspectives, Adler (Cool for the Summer, 2021) weighs the intensity of a first love that arrives unexpectedly against the expectations of a community and the big dreams, however improbable, of youth. Readers hungry for more sapphic love stories will give this fully fleshed sports-centric romance full marks. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Bubbly cheerleader Amber McCloud falls for star quarterback Jaclyn "Jack" Walsh in Adler's (Cool for the Summer) winning queer take on the classic meet-cute. Sixteen-year-old white Amber only wants two things: to become captain of her cheer squad and to stay in the closet. Well on her way to accomplishing the first, she keeps any potential outing at bay by fake-dating gay, also-closeted classmate Miguel Santiago, who is Cuban American. Newcomer Jack, 16 and white, just wants to play football; Jack's excited about her appointment as Atherton High's newest quarterback, until the team realizes she's a girl and conspires to make her life miserable. As front-runner for cheer captain, Amber is expected to help her peers drive Jack out and uphold tradition in their small, South Florida school. But as Amber and Jack grow closer, Amber must decide if maintaining the status quo is worth giving up the opportunity to be her authentic self. Alternating between Amber and Jack's perspectives, this insightful and thought-provoking story astutely addresses the anti-queer attitude of the teens' community while empathically highlighting the painstaking efforts queer youth may make to "fit in" while denying their true selves. Ages 13–up. Agent: Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary. (June)¦ Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 10 Up—Nothing can stand in Amber McCloud's way as she works toward becoming cheer captain; nothing, that is, except for an intriguing new quarterback named Jack Walsh. And when Jack turns out to be short for Jaclyn, things are even more complicated for the queer but closeted Amber, who finds herself attracted to Jack. Jack is struggling to find acceptance with her new teammates, who seem determined to hate her for replacing their previous quarterback. Jack and Amber must work together to unify everyone while facing bigotry and defining their romantic interest in one another. This is a well-written story with solid pacing, believable characters, and relatable issues. Discussion of LGBTQIA+ identity is realistic and appropriately handled, as is how the characters deal with and confront homophobia and misogyny. The evolution of lifelong friendships is sensitively explored, as is the expression of identity in a repressed setting. Lead characters are white, with some secondary characters who are Black and Latinx. There is proliferate use of curse words throughout, including gender- and sexual-based name-calling; while the use of profanity is realistic for the teen experience, the constant usage distracts from the plot. Also present is appropriate representation of and discussion of teen experiences relating to sexuality, including abortion. VERDICT A recommended purchase for all school or public libraries catering to older teens.—Christine Case Copyright 2022 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When it is discovered that the new quarterback Jack Walsh is actually Jaclyn, chaos breaks loose, and cheerleader Amber must take a stand for this girl with whom she is falling head over heels in love. 75,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Amber McCloud's dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but after the football team's quarterback dies in an accident and is replaced by a girl, Amber knows she should work against this unliked Jaclyn to keep her cheer status but the twofall for each other.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Home Field Advantage has it all. A swoony romance, characters you will be cheering for from start to finish, and a plot that sucks you in from the very first page. An instant favorite, perfectly capturing the power in being true to yourself and fighting for what is right." - Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Feet Apart and She Gets the GirlAmber McCloud’s dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but it’s an extra-tall order to be joyful and spirited when the quarterback of your team has been killed in a car accident. For both the team and the squad, watching Robbie get replaced by newcomer Jack Walsh is brutal. And when it turns out Jack is actually short for Jaclyn, all hell breaks loose.The players refuse to be led by a girl, the cheerleaders are mad about the changes to their traditions, and the fact that Robbie’s been not only replaced but outshined by a QB who wears a sports bra has more than a few Atherton Alligators in a rage. Amber tries for some semblance of unity, but it quickly becomes clear that she's only got a future on the squad and with her friends if she helps them take Jack down.Just one problem: Amber and Jack are falling for each other, and if Amber can't stand up for Jack and figure out how to get everyone to fall in line, her dream may come at the cost of her heart.Dahlia Adler's Home Field Advantage is a sparkling romance about fighting for what - or who - you truly want.