Thursday, June 14, 2012

Book Club Friday

Book Club - It's Not About the Pom-Poms


Laura Vikmanis has got spirit . . . and pom-poms, too! But before she stepped onto the field as the oldest cheerleader in the National Football League, she was sidelined by a bad marriage and the many responsibilities of stay-at-home motherhood. She finally got the courage to leave her husband and to ask herself something she had never asked before: What do I want to do? Remembering her teenage love of dance, she signed up for a pole-dancing fitness class, where she met a former cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals. When the woman suggested that Laura audition to be a “Ben-Gal,” Laura laughed her off but soon realized that the audition process could be a way of healing herself—and regaining her confidence. Her boots were made for walking—but also for stomping on a football field.

It’s Not About the Pom-Poms follows Laura’s inspiring, funny, and eye-opening journey from demoralized divorcée to high-kicking Cincinnati Ben-Gal. Laura also provides an inside look into the fascinating world of NFL cheerleaders—the grueling workouts, bad pay, twice-weekly weigh-ins, but, most important, the lifelong bond between the women, who do it all for the glory.


I adored this book. I love stories about real people and I thought this Momma was awesome. Reading about her bad marriage and how she got there was very intriguing. But my favorite parts were about the life of being a NFL cheerleader. It is amazing what they have to go through, the practices and the weigh-ins. I was shocked that they only make $75 a game - just think how much those players actually make! And the fact that she did this at 40 is just inspiring!  

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Wiz said...

This sounds good! I had heard they made virtually no money! Crazy...

Abbey said...

I've never heard of this one but it sounds really interesting! Thanks for the tip!

Kimberlee said...

Oh wow - what a great story! And wow that is such crap that they get $75 while players get millions!

Heather said...

Wow, only $75 a game?!? I do believe they have more talent than those players...they deserve more moolah!