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Lucy grows up? Not enough. Lucy comes into her own? Better. Lucy fights to become strong, resilient and successful at skating and life. Yes. Romance included.
A little sadness sprinkled throughout. That’s life, right? A mother’s passing and cancer touching many lives. You learn to adapt. In Lucy’s case, she decides Roller Derby is her jam. It doesn’t hurt that she is awesome at her day job. Now for the fun part.
A strong and entertaining read from beginning to end. You don’t want to miss this one. Sports, blood and bruises; none part of my regular reading material and certainly not something I would try, but I admire Lucy for giving it her all.
My lungs burned. My shins and calves twisted into knots. My lower back felt like someone had smacked me with a baseball bat.
"Final minute!" Shamrocker screamed.
I fell again. This time coming down hard on my knees and on my wrist guard. My fingers smacked the floor, and I yelped with pain. But I got up. I got back-freaking-up.
The whistle blasted, long and loud, rattling off the bleachers and metal ceiling. I skated off the rink and collapsed, my breath ripping violently through my chest. Hehn-hehn-hehn-hehn. I sounded like a goose with emphysema.
Olivia appeared over me. "You did it!"
No, I really didn't. But I couldn't answer over the fight for consciousness. The halogens above were casting a halo of light around her head. Either that or I was crossing over to the other side.
"Here." Styx handed me a water bottle.
Olivia pulled me up to sitting. I drank a few deep gulps, wishing it wasn't so very cold. My chest tightened with a cramp. "Is Zoey OK?" I asked when I could finally speak.
Styx nodded. "She's fine. She knew to not overdo it. You OK? You look like you might stroke out."
"I might." I was holding the twisted muscle in my side, just under my lungs.
She pointed to my hand. "Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth to keep from getting a stitch in your side."
I forced a smile. "Thanks for the tip.”
“The Duchess, the head coach of this sport I had no business being a part of, walked over. My smile faded. Forget the stroke. I'm dead. And this is my hell.
"What's your name?" The Duchess asked, looking down at me on the floor.
"Lucy," I answered, my stomach churning in knots.
The corner of The Duchess's mouth tipped up into an almost smile. "You don't sound too sure about that."
I cleared my throat. "Yes, ma'am. My name is Lucy Cooper."
"Well, Lucy Cooper, that was good work out there."
Maybe she hadn't counted my laps.
"I didn't even come close to twenty-seven," I admitted.
"Most girls don't the first time," she said. "I'm talking about you getting up and finishing. You're scrappy. I like that."
Maybe I did have a stroke and didn't realize it. "Thank you."
She pointed at my face. "I'd better see you in October."
I nodded. "You will."
And I knew right then, she certainly would.”
Excerpt From Lights Out Lucy by Elicia Hyder
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I also enjoyed the relationships between all the fresh meat skaters. Lucy and Olivia were wonderful, as I knew they would be from early on, but then seeing the two of them bond with some of the other new skaters from practice was lovely. The community you join and the friends you make are far and away the best part of being involved in roller derby for me, so seeing that emulated in the book was heart-warming. Also, shout out to Zoey, the toughest skater in this book, fresh meat or otherwise!
Finally, the relationship arc between dreamy West Adler and Lucy was overall adorable and, at times, laugh out loud hilarious. I legitimately stopped a few times while reading to send my husband quotes that had me cracking up. Watching their relationship develop after their...can you call it a "meet cute" if it's a car accident?...was heart-warming, and it felt a little like seeing a friend fall in-like with someone and then watching it become more. Warmed my icy little heart. If you like solid friendships and sweet love connections, this book might be for you. If you want all of that combined with roller skates and a kick*ss sport, what are you waiting for? Read it.