Title: Whip it a.k.a Derby Girl
Author: Shauna Cross
Copyright date: 2007
Publisher: Square Fish
How many pages: 234 pgs
How long it took me to read: Less than 24 hours...
I learned about this book from: the movie
This book was purchased at: it wasn't. Library book.
This book is: a really fun and amusing book.
Other books by this/these author(s): n/a
Favorite characters: Bliss Cavendar and Pash Amina
When and Where the story takes place: Texas: Bodeen, Austin
Plot in a nutshell: Here, the teen angst is embodied in 16-year-old Bliss Cavendar, a blue-haired, Chuck Taylor-wearing indie rebel living in a tiny Texas town of country music-loving beauty-pageant fans. Yearning to escape the suffocating boredom, Bliss and her best friend, Pash Amini, crash a roller derby event in nearby Austin. The girls are entranced by the glammed-up skaters in heavy makeup and fishnet stockings who shove and elbow their way around a track. Bliss soon lies about her age, becomes a derby girl, meets a cute boy and learns several unsurprising life lessons. Despite being formulaic, the novel shines in describing the dashing world of roller derby, where the players are hot and have nasty names like Dinah Might, Eva Destruction and Princess Slaya. When Bliss describes watching "girls dive on the track, leap over one another, pile on the infield for brawls, fly over the rails into the crowd (more than once!)... and yet, you can tell they're having the time of their lives," her naked enthusiasm for the edgy, underground sport injects some energy into an otherwise labored tale.
Main characters: Bliss Cavendar
What I liked best: Grabbed my attention right away. Made me laugh out loud. Pash and Bliss remind me of my High School bestie and I. Fun read. "Suckville, USA", I feel the same way about Calgary. The humor.
What I liked least: So tired of the "We used to be friends but now she's a popular bitch and I'm a misfit" storyline. It was really predictable from the start that the derby and the pageant would overlap. The whole story is predictable.
Overall rating: Although it was very predictable, the girl thinks a lot like me so I had a blast reading it. It brought me back to old times with my ex bff. The book kind of reminded me of Angus, Thongs and Full frontal snogging in a way. I absolutely loved it...as you can tell by the way I devoured it in less than a day...Eep! I can't believe I'm at #7 already! I keep double checking to see that I didn't miscount at all. Last year at this time, I was still reading book #3! :P