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Posted October 18, 2013
Annie has a choice to make: become a fearless roller girl, or join become a British All-American cheerleader with the head cheerleader already marking you on her list.
After growing up in London, Annie relocates to the Midwest to live with her American father after her parents separated; leaving her life behind and starting high school as both a freshman and a foreigner. Wanting to please her dad, she tries out for the cheer-leading team, even though the captain, Miss Popular Kelsey, has it out for her. But there is another sport that catches her eye, roller derby. After watching one game, with her new best friend, Annie is hooked. But, what about cheer-leading? And, the hot soccer player Tyler, perfect All-American boy. Can Annie juggle everything?
I read this book in a day. I couldn't put it down. I laughed, a lot. It isn't a book that is going to be a classic, or make it on any prestigious lists; I think that's why I enjoyed it. It is such a light-hearted gem not to be missed. I liked Annie a lot, but it was her best friend I enjoyed maybe a little bit more. She just had such a great sense of humor. Called cheer-leading, cheer-weeding. She was one of those characters that was someone I would like to have in my corner. I could pass on oogling over Tyler, but there was also Jesse, who works at the roller rink and could have potential with Annie if she gets over the All-American Soccer boy crush. I don't think dating an athlete is all that in regards to having a social life, but Annie thinks so. It was kind of annoying. But, really one of the only flaws in the book.
The writing was nothing fancy; which worked. The story wasn't convoluted; it was very suitable for the age group the book is geared towards. Although I am no longer in that intended age group, I liked how I didn't have to think while reading it. The flow was good. The dialogue was decent. It all meshed well. There is definitely a positive message in this book. Annie is a good role model; she is strong, speaks up for herself, a good friend, and makes good decisions (on what, you'll have to guess. Is it roller derby or cheer-weeding?) I am looking forward to reading the second book. It was just too fun to not want to continue the series. I am a little biased though, because I do like the roller derby. I loved the movie adaptation of Whip It starring Ellen Page (I haven't read the book yet) that is very similar to this novel. Both girls are discovering themselves and how they fit in where they are living. Many girls in high school can relate to this book. The roller derby choice isn't brought in for the violence factor. It is tied in a great, encouraging way.
I would recommend this book if you are looking for some light reading material. It is a great, one to two sitting read. You aren't dedicating too much of your time. It isn't a heavy commitment. And funny. Endearing. Leaves you with a smile. Give this little gem a try. You won't regret it.
Posted August 2, 2013
Annie makes the move from London to the America with her father so that she can be with him when he opens a London inspired cafe. She not only has to learn the terminology that the Americans use but also figure out where her niche is with the kids at school. The story follows Annie as she decides whether she wants to be popular and thus gain the attention of the school’s soccer star, Tyler by joining the cheerleading squad or join the roller derby team where the group of girls are more welcoming to her.
This book is great for a younger teen crowd. There isn’t a lot of conflict that takes place. Yeah you have the mean popular cheerleader but that’s about it. The two potential love interests aren’t really love interests, just two cute guys who are in the story. There’s even a potential love interest for her father but again, that’s left with a big question mark. There were just a lot of things that weren’t really concluded by the end of the book. It sort of felt like a feel good book that ran out of pages before the ending.
It was a bit below my reading level but for young teens, I think it would be great. No fighting, illegal activity and very minimal swearing. I liked that it revolved around roller derby which is something that I’ve heard of but am not really familiar with. So the author sort of talks you through the logistics of it as Annie learns the ropes. It was a good story about setting your mind to something and succeeding.