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Whip It

by Shauna Cross

Square Fish | September 15, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Whip It is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.

Skirts, Skates, & Scrapes!
All the old school skills with a new punk rock attitude
Come see The Lone Star Derby Girls
Austin's All-Girl Roller Derby League
The Holy Rollers vs. The Fight Crew
Halftime Concert by the Chimney Sweeps
This ain't no cheerleading clinic, y'all!

Meet Bliss Cavendar, an indie-rock-loving misfit stuck in the tiny town of Bodeen, Texas. Her pageant-addicted mother expects her to compete for the coveted Miss Bluebonnet crown, but Bliss would rather feast on roaches than be subjected to such rhinestone tyranny.
Bliss's escape? Roller Derby.
When she discovers a league in nearby Austin, Bliss embarks on an epic journey full of hilarious tattooed girls, delicious boys in bands, and a few not-so-awesome realities even the most hard-core derby chick has to learn.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.29 × 5.5 × 0.76 in

Published: September 15, 2009

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312535996

ISBN - 13: 9780312535995

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read It! Wow. Although I hadn't nearly enjoyed the movie as much as I thought, the book had been outstanding. Written for ages from 12-17, the book is a definite read! Shauna had really tied in scenes of humor & drama!
Date published: 2010-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun! I really enjoyed Whip It. Definitely feel it was written more for the younger crowd, but it was still pretty enjoyable. I'd already seen the movie months ago and actually didn't quite realise that it was a book first, but I'm glad I took the time to give it a read. The movie really did the book justice, for sure. I always like seeing that happen. If I wasn't such a chicken sh*t about getting injured, I'd totally do Derby. :D
Date published: 2010-07-20

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Whip It

Whip It

by Shauna Cross

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.29 × 5.5 × 0.76 in

Published: September 15, 2009

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312535996

ISBN - 13: 9780312535995

Read from the Book

All I have to do is get around the track five times. I can do this.
     I line up, the whistle blows, and I immediately stumble as I take off. I keep skating, fighting my wobbles, and get around the track one time with relative ease (yes!). But then something clicks on the second lap. I lean low into the track, push as hard as I can and—bingo!—I go flying out of the turn at speeds the other girls haven’t even touched. For a second, it feels like I might not be able to control the speed, but I bend my knees lower, and manage to go even faster. From there on, the track is mine, I attack it with all I have . . .
      At practice, the humiliation factor decreases as my skating improves. Even though I’m covered in bruises aka “derby kisses” I feel surprisingly proud of what I’m learning to do (it’s so weird; I’m kind of like a jock). I even sneak out late at night to covertly practice my T-stops and power slides in the driveway, determined to catch up to the other girls.
      I love the way the wind whips through my hair as I fly through the turns, sitting low, leaning into the track for maximum speed. My life feels like it has been so slow for so long, it’s fun to finally be going fast.

From the Publisher

Skirts, Skates, & Scrapes!
All the old school skills with a new punk rock attitude
Come see The Lone Star Derby Girls
Austin's All-Girl Roller Derby League
The Holy Rollers vs. The Fight Crew
Halftime Concert by the Chimney Sweeps
This ain't no cheerleading clinic, y'all!

Meet Bliss Cavendar, an indie-rock-loving misfit stuck in the tiny town of Bodeen, Texas. Her pageant-addicted mother expects her to compete for the coveted Miss Bluebonnet crown, but Bliss would rather feast on roaches than be subjected to such rhinestone tyranny.
Bliss's escape? Roller Derby.
When she discovers a league in nearby Austin, Bliss embarks on an epic journey full of hilarious tattooed girls, delicious boys in bands, and a few not-so-awesome realities even the most hard-core derby chick has to learn.

About the Author

Shauna Cross's Whip It was named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and Quick Pick for Young Adults, a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. It is now a major motion picture directed by Drew Barrymore. Cross is a screenwriter and a member of the Los Angeles Derby Dolls roller derby league. She skates under the name "Maggie Mayhem." She grew up in Austin, Texas, and now lives in Los Angeles.

Editorial Reviews

Roller derby . . . is conveyed with sexy, enthusiastic energy that injects the whole novel with a warm and authentic vibe.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17