Frannie in Pieces - Delia Ephron
Sticky Fingers - Niki Burnham
Simon Pulse, 2005
Whip It! (originally published as Derby Girl) - Shauna Cross
Published by Square Fish, 2009
Bliss Cavendish feels trapped in Bodeen, a small and apparently uncultured Texan town, where she’s stuck waiting tables for her vapid classmates and pushed in pageants by her former beauty queen mother. That is until she secretly joins the local roller derby league, transforming into Babe Ruthless, a kick-arse, fast-skating jammer on the track. Though I already knew the plot from the film, there were subtle differences. Cross gives Bliss a distinctive voice, and writes a text full of memorable pop-cultural references, slang and an honest portrayal of teen issues. A fun read about a girl who doesn’t fit the cookie-cutter, all-American teen mould.