Book Review: Perfect Cover (The Squad, #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

How Excited Was I to Read Perfect Cover (The Squad, #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes?: 7. I’d read it a few years ago and thought I remembered enjoying it.

Book Rating: Solid 8. Good old fashioned escapism with a hilarious cheerleader twist.

Book Jacket: Bayport High operates like any other high school–jocks at the top, outsiders at the bottom, and everyone else in between. Enter Toby Klein, a sophomore computer hacker who doesn’t play well with others. She has zero school spirit, a black belt in karate, and what her guidance counselor calls an attitude problem. She’s the last person you’d expect to be invited to join the varsity cheerleading squad.
But things are different at Bayport.
Bayport’s varsity cheer squad is made up of the hottest of the hot. But this A-list is dangerous in more ways than one. The Squad is actually a cover for the most highly trained group of underage government operatives the United States has ever assembled. Athletically, they’re unmatchable, though they make it all look easy on the field. Mentally, they’re exceptional–but with one flash of their gorgeous smiles, you’ll completely forget that. Socially, they’re gifted, so they can command and manipulate any situation. And above all, they have the perfect cover, because, beyond herkies and highlights, no one expects anything from a cheerleader.
Toby Klein might not seem like the most likely recruit, but she’s never been one to turn down a challenge. If she can handle the makeover, Bayport Hight may just have found its newest cheerleader.

Pretty, popular, armed, and extremely dangerous–meet THE SQUAD.

Book Review: Let me start off by saying I have never been a cheerleader, but people always tell me I should have been. I never really know how to take that comment because you can’t really be sure what stereotype they’re basing that comment off of and whether or not it’s a good one. I suspect it’s because apparently I’m bubbly. Actually, I know this to be true unfortunately.

In order to graduate my high school, you have to be CPR certified, which the seniors do while everyone else is taking the PSATs. After I did my test, the instructor said that I passed but that I didn’t have to be so perky when counting. I was just trying to make sure I didn’t skip any numbers (because how awkward would that be in front of like fifteen of your peers), and apparently my default while concentrating is perky. Too bad that’s another thing I could have lived without being called out on in front of my classmates…Additionally, I get told I’m bubbly a bit too often for my taste. To be honest, I probably would have been one (at least in 8th grade when practically everyone is a cheerleader) except for one thing: they practiced in the MORNING. And I don’t do mornings unless forced.

However, the cheerleaders at my school had nothing on the Squad. I should also admit that I love spy things– James Bond (just saw Skyfall! Loved it!!), Jason Bourne, Tom Clancy, Alex Rider, the Gallagher Girls, the Specialists series and more. I’d never want to be a spy, but they provide great entertainment. So it should come as no surprise that I loved Perfect Cover. I actually read the book a few years ago and then picked it up again recently on a whim. Boy am I glad I did :-) . I’d forgotten how funny this book is! It had me laughing out loud constantly, not something you’d expect from a spy novel.

Recommended For: People who like the previously mentioned series or who don’t like spy things but want a fun, goofy story with spy and cheerleader twists.