Whip It!

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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

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The novel shines in describing the dashing world of roller derby, where the players are hot and have nasty names like Dinah Might, Eva Destruction and Princess Slaya. [Shauna Cross shows] naked enthusiasm for the edgy, underground sport.”—Publishers Weekly

“This first-time author combines roller-skating and coming-of-age with a sardonic heroine to create an enjoyable, quick read. Whether Bliss is battling menacing derby mavens or discovering the perils of lying to parents, she is quirky and likeable despite her prickly exterior. . . . Fans of Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson books will be pleased with this American counterpart.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“Sharp humor dominates this entertaining debut from Cross, who weaves her own experience with roller derby into the fun and traumas of a small-town girl experiencing major rebellion. . . . plenty of laughs and adolescent insights . . . exuberant and insightful.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Roller derby . . . is conveyed with sexy, enthusiastic energy that injects the whole novel with a warm and authentic vibe.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Publishers Weekly

Debut novelist Cross, a screenwriter and former roller derby girl, retreads well-worn YA themes as a path to a roller-derby plot line. A main character feeling too cool for school and her plebeian town? Check. Two parents who just don't understand? Check. A budding romance that leaves a best friend left in the dust? Check. Here, the teen angst is embodied in 16-year-old Bliss Cavendar, a blue-haired, Chuck Taylor-wearing indie rebel living in a tiny Texas town of country music-loving beauty-pageant fans. Yearning to escape the suffocating boredom, Bliss and her best friend, Pash Amini, crash a roller derby event in nearby Austin. The girls are entranced by the glammed-up skaters in heavy makeup and fishnet stockings who shove and elbow their way around a track. Bliss soon lies about her age, becomes a derby girl, meets a cute boy and learns several unsurprising life lessons. Despite being formulaic, the novel shines in describing the dashing world of roller derby, where the players are hot and have nasty names like Dinah Might, Eva Destruction and Princess Slaya. When Bliss describes watching "girls dive on the track, leap over one another, pile on the infield for brawls, fly over the rails into the crowd (more than once!)... and yet, you can tell they're having the time of their lives," her naked enthusiasm for the edgy, underground sport injects some energy into an otherwise labored tale. Ages 14-up. (Sept.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
VOYA - Angelica Delgado
Blue-haired Bliss Cavendar is a rebel stuck in tiny Bodeen, Texas. Her high school life and dismal job at the local barbeque pit, the Oink Joint, whose showcase is the large porcine statue outside the front door, threaten to suck the soul from her body. Her mother has visions of Bliss sheathed in a billowy pageant dress accepting a Miss Bluebonnet crown, an aspiration over which Bliss and her mother clash. The only shining light is her sister-in-sarcasm and best pal, Pash. That is until Bliss ventures into the cosmopolitan town of Austin and sees that the local roller derby team will hold auditions for a coveted spot on the Hurl Scouts. Bliss digs out her roller skates from under her bed, lies about her age, dons the moniker Babe Ruthless, and rolls into adventure. Along the way, she meets a sexy boy musician, upsets her friendship with Pash, and learns something about her mother and herself in the process. This first-time author combines roller-skating and coming-of-age with a sardonic heroine to create an enjoyable, quick read. Whether Bliss is battling menacing derby mavens or discovering the perils of lying to parents, she is quirky and likeable despite her prickly exterior. A minor quibble is Cross's sometimes travel-guidebook approach to Austin. Bliss's cutting sarcastic remarks and self-absorption might irritate some, but others will enjoy the conversational tone and short chapters. Cross handles the lone sex scene tastefully. Fans of Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson books will be pleased with this American counterpart.
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up
Bliss Cavendar, 16, is a misfit. Her blue hair sticks out among all of the All-American look-alikes at her Bodeen, TX, high school. She doesn't fit in with her family, either. Her mother insists that she enter the Miss Bluebonnet beauty pageant but Bliss would rather be listening to punk rock. In desperation, she sneaks out at night to nearby Austin, joins a roller-derby league, and finds an exciting, older boyfriend. She lies to derby officials about her age, and to her parents about where she is for every practice and competition. In the end, her antics are exposed but her rebellion turns out to be just what was needed to make her mother accept her. This novel fails to explain what roller derby is, besides a bunch of girls on skates pushing into each other. Bliss is unlikable and at times obnoxious, especially during her encounters with her best friend. The choppy narration portrays teenagers as having a cavalier attitude about lying, stealing, drinking, and sex, and the author tries to win readers over with clever asides and the occasional curse word. It doesn't work.
—Julianna M. HeltCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312535995
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 351,664
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet 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.

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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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Family who doesn't understand: check, Stuck in a BORING town: check, love interest: check, Girls who kick butt: check

    I watched the movie "Whip It!" and love it. It made me want to roller derby and kiss some butt. When I found out this movie was based off a book, I had to read it. It's perfect for older middle school and high school girls, which is why it's young adult book. I teach sixth grade, so I spend most of my time reading YA books. The book follows 16 year old Bliss (don't ya just love that name) while she tries to find herself and a place where is fits in while leaving in a town where she didn't fit the mold. Her family doesn't get her nor does most of the town save for Pash (her best friend). Here enter roller derby, and Bliss is not the same ever again. If you like a fun read about a girl finding herself this is it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    this is ok, but the movie version is better

    for me this was just an okay book. one thing i will say is that it is addictive. once you start reading it you won't be able to stop. the movie is much better.fun characters and roller derby sounds like a lot of fun. the ending leaves you satisfied.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2009

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    Whip It Good

    I loved it, the main character is the perfect mix of quirky and cool!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    To any and all misfits

    Great read..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Erk

    I dont know how appropriat this book is, i saw he movie and loved it but i know there is teen drinking and sex. I havnt read the book yet but i plan to.

    - Coventry CT, 3:30 PM, 13 years of age, May 21 2014

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Movie was GREAT

    The movie was great. Im not sure about the book yet, only because i havent read it, yet. But i know that the book will be wayyyyy better than the movie, because they normally, are way better and more detailed. Like any other girl, i always want the details. So i cant wait to read this book. :) All i have to say about the movie is; watch out for the girls on skates, they may just be, like the mean and tough girls in the movie. Lol ;)
    WATCH THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Luv

    Good read and i luv the book

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

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    I’m Sure My Coolness Factor Has Gone Up Just By Reading Th

    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 peroxide 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 “crushworth” boys in bands, there is no such thing as perfect and the world is not always how you see it.

    Told directly to the audience by Bliss this book is fun, fairly light and pretty dang funny! Bliss’ witty comments and scathing descriptions, from saying her mother suffers from Tiara-ism to the unironic mullet, keeps the reader wondering what she will come up with next. Cross nicely interweave Bliss’ hilarity with some heart. Bliss begins the process of transition from child to adult. She realizes her parents are people and not quite the enemy she thought they were. Bliss also makes the startling discovery that her whole world doesn’t need to revolve around herself. Both of which are very mature ideas.

    This was one of my first introductions to the world of Roller Derby and I have to say I love it. I would definitely recommend this book for more of the high school age group and older, not younger: it deals with underage drinking, sex and shoplifting, plus occasional strong language.

    Side note: The movie directed by Drew Barrymore based on this book is pretty good in its own right!

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Whippin' Awesome!

    Whip It is about a girl named, Bliss, who lives in a small, boring, town. She is stuck in the hick town of Bodeen, Texas. I that wasn't bad enough, the people that live there are unbearable. The only thing that keeps her from exploding is her best friend, Pash. Bliss and Pash are two cool chicks who don't fit in with the regular high school life. Fortunately, Bliss's and Pash's life take a turn for the best when they go to a Roller Derby game. Bliss is so inspired and tries out for the Derby team. She beats the odds and gets into the Derby team called the Hurl Scouts. Her wish of having a perfect life comes true. But not all good things can last forever...
    I liked everything about this book. It was super funny and even a bit inspiring. I related very well to this book because sometimes teenagers feel like they just don't belong.

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    blew me away

    I have red the book and have seen the movie both were very well crafted and showed about the hidden tricks and trickery about roller derby I aplaude the author of the book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    "Don't Mess With A Girl On Skates"

    Posted June 20, 2010, 1:02 PM EST: As a person who saw the movie "Whip It" before reading the book it's based on, I didn't really know what to expect. Usually the book is better that the movie, but I have to say that I love them both and the go hand in hand. It's a fun, down and dirty book with great characters, led by fearless Bliss Cavander (Babe Ruthless!) and expanding to best friend Pash Amini, employer Birdman, and Oliver (note: DO NOT DATE A BOY IN A BAND) to the derby girls like bittersweet Malice in Wonderland and unbeatable Dinah Might (of the enemy team the Holy Rollers). The roller derby chapters are probably my favorite, because they're filled with action, awesomeness, and rock n' roll/indie style writing. I don't know how else to describe it, so you'll just have to read it and see it in all it's glory for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    really enjoyed it:)

    I anted to read the book because I saw that the movie was based on it, although they were really different i did enjoy both. Bliss was believale as the edgy teenager that just doesn't fit in with thepagent life, but finds her soul in derby.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Addicted to Whip it

    I read the book then saw the movie! I will definaly be rereading this before anyof the rest of my books I love,love,loved the story! You sit there and root for Bliss the entire way!

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    I LOVE THIS!

    It is so great to read a book with a character like Bliss. She is a girl who isn't going to lose herself to fit in. She realizes she is different and embraces it. I love her!

    Bliss is 16 and ever since she was young her mother had been forcing her to be in beauty pageants, but she has never been into it. So she decides to leave her small town of Bowdeen for a night to check out a roller derby game she had read about on a flyer. Turns out she loves it. This then leads to Bliss's adventure of finding herself and growing up.

    This book is just perfect. So many music references that will keep you busy for days checking them out. Now i am completely psyched to see the movie! YEAH!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2009

    A fun read

    I picked up this book only because I saw the movie. It's a fun read for any age. I'm glad I read it.

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