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Whip It

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  2,813 ratings  ·  446 reviews
Meet Bliss Cavendar, a blue haired, indie-rock loving misfit stuck in the tiny town of Bodeen, Texas.

Her pageant-addicted mother expects her to compete for the coveted Miss Blue Bonnet crown, but Bliss would rather feast on roaches than be subjected to such rhinestone tyranny.

Bliss' escape? Take up Roller Derby.

When she discovers a league in nearby Austin, Bliss embarks on
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Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Square Fish (first published September 1st 2007)
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Evie
*sigh*

I hope that Shauna Cross is a better screenwriter than an author. The book reads from the perspective of a sixteen year old girl, but the writing style is as developed as that of a nine year old girl. Somehow this book managed to make feminist rebel girl culture look lame and immature. "How could my best friend shoplift without me? That was OUR thing!"

The characters: square-peg blue-haired rebel girl, stern overbearing mother who wants daughter to be a "lady", apathetic dad, picture perfec
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Lani
Full disclosure: I'm a derby girl who saw Whip It twice before it was officially released. I'm also a devout fan of Drew Barrymore, and Ellen Page. This book had to really hustle to come anywhere near a movie that I really enjoyed and believed.

Since I just recently saw the movie, of course, I'm left comparing the book. In a rare occurrence, I actually preferred the movie. Unfortunately, this means my review is a lot more about how well the movie managed things that the book didn't.

Ultimately, th
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Heather
This book inspired me to be a Roller Derby girl. Strike that, it inspired me to attempt long boarding, which was great fun, but not something I think I have any business doing. Anywho, onto the good stuff.

Bliss hates her life. She is an emo punk rocker, minus the rocker skills, stuck in small town U.S.A. No one except for her nerdy best friend Pash understands her and her mother seems hell-bent on tormenting her with her intense desire to turn her Goth obsessed daughter into a superficial beotch
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Kate
Bliss Cavendar is dying in the cultural desert that is Bodeen, Tx. Bliss does not look like your average Bodeen resident, with her blue hair and 80's bands t-shirts. Her life is changed when she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin, and decides to try out. After a few falls on her old barbie skates, Bliss is reborn as Babe Ruthless, jammer for the Hurl Scouts. She hides her participation from her parents, and her age from the other girls on the team (must be 18 to try out). While jug ...more
Alie
I absolutely LOVED this book. I've been putting off buying it and putting off buying it ever since I first watched the film, and I'm never usually one to worry about that kind of thing. I love books and I love films, and I can usually appreciate both for what they are, but that film was so close to my heart that I was scared to read this incase they had messed up the film majorly. I am so, so pleased to say that that wasn't the case. This book was better than the film, in my opinion, and here is ...more
Timothy
While taking a slightly Hollywood view of view of both adolescence and roller derby; this is a tightly plotted, enjoyable, quick read. The first few chapters I couldn't shake the sound of Ellen Page's voice as a voiceover—despite only having seen the movie Whip It (which was born of Shauna Cross' novel) once, more than three years ago. However, as the story begins to move forward, the narrative voice finds its footing, and the novel settles into an engaging rhythm.

There are some interesting sho
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El
Oct 11, 2009 El rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to El by: Drew Barrymore
Yeah, that's right. I read a young adult book. Let's all gasp in unison and move on. I should also state immediately that I would not have found out about this book if Drew Barrymore hadn't just made the movie Whip It which is based on this book. While I also don't normally read books just because of the movie that's come out, I actually want to see the movie and can't bring myself to do it seriously without at least trying to read the book. And I love roller derby.

Bliss Cavendar is a 16-year-ol
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Mersini
Ok, so it's not nearly as fantastic as the movie, but I loved the book. You can definitely see the similarities, and what I love about the film is that they've kept the tone of the book. Reading it, I could almost hear Ellen Page narrating the whole thing. In terms of adaptations, the film is spectacular!

The voice is quite unique, which I liked, though I felt some of the terms were outdated. Plus there is the whole "I'm not like other girls" element in there, which is super antifeminist (what's
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Katie
Feb 03, 2008 Katie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Other KCRWs...what do you guys think of this?
Shelves: j-and-ya
Stone me now, but I hated this. I thought the portrayal of derby was incorrect in several instances (a 16 year old sneaks on the team, and no one knows?) and the character was a little unlikable to me. Writing style was immature and underdeveloped. Yuck.
Natalie
Just so we're clear, Whip It is the exact same book as Derby Girl. I guess after the book was made into a movie, they decided to republish the book with the movie title to sell more copies?

Whip It was a fast, light, entertaining read that I zipped right through. While it was definitely a brain candy book, it had plenty of romance, action, and music references to hold my attention. The writing style was extremely easy to read, the main character was loveable, and the plot was realistic.

The only p
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Jaylia3
High school misfit Bliss Cavendar, aka Babe Ruthless, dyes her hair blue, loves indie music and wants OUT of the tiny Texas town that makes her feel like she must have been misplaced by her real family who are surely living in some cool urban setting like San Fransisco or NY City. Instead, Bliss has a beauty pageant obsessed mother who hopes Bliss will be able to win the big name crowns she never did. Bliss is going through the motions to please her mom, mostly keeping her sarcastic thoughts to ...more
Travis
Sixteen-year-old Bliss hates her smalltown life, especially the part where her mom is trying to live out her dreams of becoming a beauty queen through Bliss. Then one day she sees a poster for a roller derby match and the next thing she knows she's trying out for the team.[return][return]I really enjoyed this book. It's written in that first-person chatty style that is all the rage with YA and chicklit these days, but despite being a bit exposition-heavy in the early chapters (having read more i ...more
sj
Take Bliss Cavendar back about 15 years, subtract cell phones and MySpace – as well as the roller derby happy ending – and her story is eerily similar to my own.

I will probably always be a sucker for the stories where the small-town-music-obsessed-weird-girl escapes to find something better because even though I’m a grown ass woman with a family of my own, part of me will always be that girl that just didn’t fit in.

Like Bliss, the closest town of any size was an hour away – but Sandpoint, Idaho
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Melissa Pilakowski
When I watched this movie for the first time, I imagined what a great novel this could have been. I loved the awkwardness of Ellen Page, the rich characters of Marcia Gay Harden and Daniel Stern as her parents, and the overall touching coming of age story. At the end of the movie, I saw in the credits that it was based on a book by Shauna Cross.

At that moment I had two thoughts: The first was Damn, I would've loved to write a book with this storyline. The second was, I need to get this book.

I do
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Sarah S
Whip It is a phenomenal book by Shauna Cross. Is it about a not so average teenage girl who lives in small town Bodeen, Texas. Bliss Cavender is hating high school with her side kick Pash. They both work together at a local restaurant called the “Oink Joint”. They sneak out at night and go to Austin, Texas and see a roller derby show. They are automatically impressed at the whole derby experience. Here is a quote from the excited Bliss and Pash, “Let’s try out together, I say, in between skips I ...more
Lori
So here's my issue-- I enjoyed reading this book, but I don't really think it was really very good or anything. How do you rate a book like that? Bliss is a 16-year old self-proclaimed misfit growing up in small town Bodeen, Texas. She is looking for her niche in the world, but is forced by her evil mother to take part in beauty pageants, which is a total indie-rock no-no. Then Bliss finds roller derby, and her life is never the same. The story was fun, and the language was very realistic, but t ...more
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I’m Sure My Coolness Factor Has Gone Up Just By Reading This Book!

In a town where football players are high school gods and their peroxided cheerleader girlfriends reign supreme lives Bliss Cavendar, and her best friend, Pash; Bodeen, Texas’ resident rebels. In love with music and unable to conform to her former-pageant-queen mother’s expectations, Bliss tries to find where she fits. Her salvation comes in the form of Roller Derby, and its witty, tattooed angels. But as with all things, even “cr
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

While wandering through the young adult section of my local library, I came across DERBY GIRL. I had seen the book in the bookstore on other occasions but never bought it. I picked it up at the library and took it home with me. Not knowing what to expect, I started reading, and was instantly enthralled by the life of Bliss Cavender.

Fans of A&E's Rollergirls will especially enjoy this book.

Bliss is too big for Bodeen, Texas. Bliss is a sixteen-year-old
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Kris
Apr 16, 2010 Kris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls & women
Shelves: own-it
Picked this up for fun because Randy and I love the movie. I hadn't realized it was a book until I watched the credits all the way thru. so I decided I'd get the book and see if it was as good as the movie – and it is! It's a great story of a misfit girl (Bliss aka “Babe Ruthless” Cavendish”, in a small Texas town. She's totally indie/punk/emo and her mom is totally into beauty pageants – she wants bliss to be the local beauty queen, just as she was. Bliss just wants out of town.

By accident, Bl
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Hayley
First of all, the skating in this book is immense. A lot of people have said this before but this book really does make you want to be a Roller Derby Girl. Anyone who says otherwise is simply lying.

I guess I just expected this book to be a tad more mature then it is. That's not the books fault, it's mine. Don't get me wrong, 14-year-old me would have been re-reading it already. I guess at 21 I've somehow pushed past the whole crushes, school-skipping and lame-parents thing (this is absolutely n
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Javiera
Here is one of the very few cases where the movie is WAY better than the book. Yeah, it happens sometimes, believe it or not.

However, "Derby Girl" it's not a huge disappointment neither. It's just that the book version seemed too green for me, too washy if you compare it with the movie version, "Whip it". Actually, when I knew it was based on a book I was very excited. I'm aware that usually (no matter how indie they are) big screen versions leave a lot of details behind. It doesn't matter if it
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Robin
I picked up this book a few days later after seeing the movie "Whip It" (which I really enjoyed). I wasn't thrilled when I found out it was a teen book but read it in two sittings. The book is pretty similiar to the movie. It's about Bliss Cavendar, a teenager girl living in the boring town of Bodeen, Texas. With her mother Brooke constantly shoving beauty pageant agenda down her throat, she finds her true passion of skating in the girls' roller derby team the "Hurl Scouts" under the name Babe R ...more
Rosa
This was a fun read. Bliss' mom is trying to have Bliss live out her dreams of beauty queen stardom. But Bliss is more punk rock then beauty queen. She has trouble fitting into her small town, but her friends Pash and Birdman are enough for her. Then she discovers roller derby and Oliver. She loses her way a little bit over the boy thing, but in the end keeps her life together. Her voice is very true, and the majority of the derby details are accurate (although maybe bank track derby is differen ...more
Lauren
Mostly fun, this bubbly YA about a girl in rural Texas is the basis for Whip It. In fact, Ms. Cross is a screenwriter by trade and Derby Girl was her first (and to date only) novel. She supposedly wrote it in about four months, and I believe it. In places, the book does feel strung together and rush. But overall, I liked it.

Bliss is from a long line of beauty queens. She has little interest in that world, despite her mother’s repeated attempts to transform her punk-rock daughter into a pageant f
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Jeania
I read this book with a group of women who will go to see our neighbor compete in roller derby soon. I had seen the movie a while ago, and though I normally don’t read a book after the movie comes out, I did this time only to find out they were very in sync and I wouldn’t have missed anything in the other by only seeing/reading one. I kept thinking through the book that it would make a perfect graphic novel because of the way the stereotypical characters were drawn and the glib snarkiness of the ...more
Kaitlyn
At the risk of sounding like an old lady, I'm kinda over the teenage angst genre. I'm definitely over the phrase "thankyouverymuch." I find that phrase annoying when written in any book, but even more so when it's in an adult's vocabulary. Does anyone even still SAY that? Ugh. Anyways, I'm inspired to watch the movie and to check out the Gotham Rollers in NYC, but that's about all I got from this.
Ashley
This review can be found over at my blog Belletristic Books!

When I was in high school, I saw the film Whip It and quite enjoyed it since it’s cute, comical, and has really great acting from Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, and Kristen Wiig. At the time of seeing it, I had no idea that it was based on a book! So why did I choose to pick that book up years after viewing the movie? Well, I watched an interview featuring Victoria Jamieson as she discussed her latest book, Roller Girl. This book caught my
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Cooper Jones
I really love the concept of this book. It's funny because I never even knew this was a book. I saw the movie and fell in love with it. It was something I watched 7 times a week for months. I still do. The book was so different from the movie and I am trying to decided which I like better. I think this situation is like when you read a book, love the book, then watch the movie, and hate it because it wasn't like the book. In this case, I watched the movie first and hated the book because it was ...more
The Library Lady
This is funny, foul mouthed, raunchy and full of drinking, non-explicit sex, shoplifting and tattooed roller derby mamas. In other words, it's the sort of story that would cause gently reared Christian conservative types to faint.

Fortunately I am none of those things :). And I LOVED this book!
Kelsey
Shauna Cross's characters read like they were trying too hard to be "different" and "edgy". Mostly I only had a problem with Bliss, our protagonist, who was more obnoxious than she was endearing. Do yourself a favor and just see the movie instead. Ellen Page at least made Bliss a likable heroine.
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Shauna Cross is a roller derby athlete, author of Derby Girl, and screenwriter of Whip It!. Her roller derby pseudonym is "Maggie Mayhem," skating for the Los Angeles Derby Dolls.

The book, and film, are fictionalized accounts of an experience skating with the Texas Rollergirls.

She is presently working on a film adaptation of Live Nude Girls Unite.

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