Book Review: Derby Girl

May 26, 2010

Dear Potentially Cool Parental Folk,
If you suddenly realize you’re missing one charmingly sarcastic sixteen-year-old daughter, send a plane ticket. I’m ready to come home.

Derby GirlYou may know Derby Girl by Shauna Cross better as Whip It, the movie starring Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore.  The plot is the same:  Bliss Cavendar starts skating with a roller derby team without her parents’ knowledge after she accidentally picks up a flier one day.

This book.  What can I say?  The positive is that the voice is great.  The negative is that it’s all tell and very little show.

Honestly, there’s not a whole lot to say about the book than it serves as an outline of the movie (written by the author).  Everything the book lacks–character nuance, character development, clear plotting, dialogue–the movie fills in.  So my recommendation is to just skip the book entirely and see the movie instead.  The movie I enjoyed.  The book not so much.

YA Challenge:  18/75

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