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Derby Girl Hardcover – September 4, 2007
An Action-Packed Retelling of a Classic
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Hardcover | Kindle book
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“Sharp humor dominates this entertaining debut from Cross, who weaves her own experience with roller derby into the fun and traumas of a small-town girl experiencing major rebellion. . . . plenty of laughs and adolescent insights . . . exuberant and insightful.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Roller derby . . . is conveyed with sexy, enthusiastic energy that injects the whole novel with a warm and authentic vibe.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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Fans of A&E's Rollergirls will especially enjoy this book.
Bliss is too big for Bodeen, Texas. Bliss is a sixteen-year-old high school student that can't wait to get out of her small town. Her mom is obsessed with beauty pageants, and expects Bliss to follow in her footsteps. However, Bliss is better known for receiving the "certificate of participation" rather than the tiara. She is more comfortable in her 80's thrift store T-shirts rather than teased hair and evening gowns.
On a shopping trip to the big city of Austin, Bliss snags a flyer advertising Roller Derby. In her younger days, Bliss was pretty good on four wheels, and she hatches a plot with her friend, Pash, to sneak back to Austin (an hour from Bodeen) for try-outs. After a shaky start on skates, Bliss soon remembers the feel of the wheels under her feet and is totally addicted.
Sneaking out twice a week under the guise of an SAT-prep course, Bliss soon becomes Babe Ruthless and a fan favorite for the Austin Roller Derby scene.
Covering the topics of fitting in, parental disagreements, first love, and finding out who you are meant to be, DERBY GIRL does not disappoint. The story moves quickly without any needless sidelines to interrupt the plot. Ms. Cross's style is hip and spunky. She uses many slang phrases as well as abbreviations to keep in touch with the teen audience.
Bliss is a lot of fun and independent. It's refreshing to read a story where the lead character is comfortable with who she is meant to be and stays true to herself the entire way through the story.
Reviewed by: Jaglvr
the book was fluffy and enjoyable, but for a book written to empower girls to follow their dreams and carve out places to fit in, and a book glorifying the inclusive pro-girl sport of roller derby, the book was rife with fatphobia- on almost every other page, bliss complains about fat tourists, fat customers at her restaurant, roller derby women who are fat, any woman who is fatter than she is, and how fat her mother is. what a bummer.
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Oh the plight of the misunderstood teenage girl! I was a teenage girl once, and while I felt for a time like I didn't fit in anywhere and at times was just as sarcastic (and still... Read morePublished 11 months ago by bookworm_girl
The movie was about the same as the book. Quick read but I enjoyed the movie more.Published 13 months ago by goughoul
This review was originally posted on my blog Belletristic Books and is for Derby Girl by Shauna Cross. The book's title was changed after the film came out. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ashley @ Belletristic Books
It was a fast read (five hrs). I dont normally read books written in the first person, but Cross has a nice humor side, so that helped a great deal. Good book sweetie.Published 18 months ago by Tim Fielding
This a sweet story about young girl coming of age. She pulls away from her mother's traditional family customs to make her own way. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Easy read and it is entertaining. Reminds me of Juno but this girl doesn't get pregnant. She does have an unfortunate relationship but haven't we all had one or two of those.Published on November 4, 2013 by Julia E. Chervoni
This young adult coming of age book was amazing and really showed how small towns can be here in Texas and the need to find yourself despite what your parents think is the way to... Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Dana19018