We Are the Wildcats

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About The Book

A toxic coach finds himself outplayed by the high school girls on his team in this deeply suspenseful novel, which unspools over twenty-four hours through six diverse perspectives.

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.

A testament to the strength and resilience of modern teenage girls, We Are the Wildcats will have readers cheering.

About The Author

Photograph © Janelle Bendycki

Siobhan Vivian is the author of the young adult novel We Are the Wildcats, as well as Stay Sweet, The Last Boy and Girl in the WorldThe List, Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference, A Little Friendly Advice, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Jenny Han. A former editor for Alloy Entertainment, she received her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Visit her at SiobhanVivian.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 2020)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534439900
  • Grades: 9 and up
  • Ages: 14 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

[On The List] Offering a well-differntiated cast of complex characters and a thoughtful focus on femininity, sisterhood, relationships, eating disorders, and what it means to be signled out, Vivian proves that beauty and ugliness aren't always a matter of appearance.

– Publishers Weekly, Starred

[On The List] This riveting exploration of physical appearance and the status it confers opens a cultural conversation that's needed to happen for a long time...Vivian refuses to falsify or avoid the uncomfortable realities.

– Kirkus Reviews, Starred

[On The List] Smart, snappy writing.

– New York Times Book Review

[On The List] Siobhan Vivian's latest novel tackles the beauty myth head on. Readers will find themselves relating to each character's struggles.

– Bookpage

[On Stay Sweet] A delectable mixture of ice cream and romance...While evoking the warmth of rural life and employee comradeship, Vivian writes an empowering novel for young women with big dreams.

– Publishers Weekly, Starred

[On Stay Sweet] A rare, enjoyable portrait of a woman-run business....Amelia possesses the qualities she needs to achieve her goals but, like many girls, lacks confidence in using them; watching her evolve is empowering.

– Kirkus Reviews

[On Stay Sweet] The even pacing, adept characterization, and relatable protagonists make this a delightful choice. With a strong message about female empowerment and hard work, this YA book will be a great read for spring break or summer vacation....For fans of Jenny Han looking for a light but touching summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.

– School Library Journal

[On Stay Sweet] This is both a bittersweet paean to the passage of time and a satisfying examination of a girl, used to being in the background, who comes into her own. Summer reading at its finest.

– Booklist

Stay Sweet will inspire ambition—and ice-cream cravings.

– Seventeen Magazine

[On The Last Boy and Girl in the World] A transcendent love story, as profoundly moving as it is fun. This is Siobhan Vivian’s finest hour.

– Stephen Chbosky, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

[On The Last Boy and Girl in the World] In this multifaceted novel, Vivian (The List) focuses onthe psychological responses to impending disaster while addressing universalthemes of first love and betrayal. The book examines many forms of loss andillustrates how rebuilding can be even harder than seeing what is loveddestroyed. Keeley is a realistically flawed heroine, and Vivian allows readersto feel intimately connected to the depth of her regret and her urgent need toreconnect with pieces of her past.

– Publishers Weekly, Starred

[On The Last Boy and Girl in the World] Vivian draws readers into [this] story effortlessly.

– VOYA, Starred

[On The Last Boy and Girl in the World] [A] richly layered portrayal of bad boys, girl pranksters, even conspiracies.

– Kirkus Reviews

[On The Last Boy and Girl in the World] Vivian’s fans won’t be disappointed with this savvy chronicle of a girl finding herself amid the wreckage of her past.

– School Library Journal

[On The Last Boy and Girl in the World] At its core, this is a love story—romantic, familial, and, above all, friend-to-friend—with a unique hook. Keeley, though brash, is a relatable heroine who will speak to teens facing their own times of transition.

– Booklist

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