Whip It!

Whip It!

by Shauna Cross

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ISBN-13: 9780312535995
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 504,561
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About 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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Whip It 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
spanish-lullaby More than 1 year ago
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.
Sara_Case More than 1 year ago
I loved it, the main character is the perfect mix of quirky and cool!
susanbevans on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Whip It is a fantastic book! I wanted to read it before seeing the movie, and let me tell you it does not disappoint. From the very first page, I was laughing hard enough to embarrass myself in public. It's hard to describe to non-reading friends how something as simple as letters and words can be strung into sentences and thoughts that can have such a strong effect on a person, but if you read Whip It and don't bust out guffawing and snorting at totally inappropriate moments then you'd better check your pulse, baby.Bliss Cavendar - damn that's a great name - and she's a phenomenal character... character being the operative word here. She doesn't fit in at all in Bodeen, but Bliss is totally comfortable with herself - a real rarity for a teenage girl. She is thoroughly authentic, with an original voice and genuine understanding of who she really is. I fell in love with her, and with all the delightful misfits orbiting around her.Shauna Cross is an amazing storyteller. She "gets" small-town Texas as only a native can. The relationships she writes are so fresh and dynamic, you just can't help becoming absorbed in their lives. The story is incredibly engaging and just... FUN! It's wonderful to reading something so witty and enjoyable after a hard days work. Whip It is a real treat!
Jaylia3 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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 herself, when she discovers Roller Derby--a no holds barred counter culture scene she desperately wants to join.Bliss has never been athletic and at the Derby tryouts she has to pretend she is already 18, but after some streaking laps around the track in her old Barbie skates she earns a spot on the Hurl Scouts team (think a gang of bad-girl girl scouts.) To get to the team's practices in Austin she has to tell her parents she's taking an SAT prep class and hitch a ride on the senior center's bingo bus.Of course the local Miss Bluebonnet beauty pageant is on the same night as the biggest derby event of the season.A fast, fun read. If you enjoyed the movie, you'll love the book--the author wrote the screen play--and if love the book you'll want to see the movie. With smart dialog and family members that bicker but ultimately come through for each other, Whip It reminds me a little of the movie Juno--and of course Ellen Page stars in both.
bribre01 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Cute, fun YA book about discovering yourself, and about the sport of roller derby. Really hit the nail on the head as far as why it appeals to so many women!
Ashley_Belletristic_Books More than 1 year ago
This review was originally posted on my blog Belletristic Books and is for Derby Girl by Shauna Cross. The book's title was changed after the film came out.  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 interest immediately since it’s a full color graphic novel about a 12-year-old girl who goes to a roller derby bout and then decides to sign up for derby camp, which sounds totally awesome! During the interview, Jamieson talks about how Derby Girl got her into roller derby and that’s why she decided to write her own graphic novel about it. Feel free to check out that interview here!   Despite my thinking that I’d love this book since I believed Whip It was super cool and I’m eagerly awaiting Roller Girl, Derby Girl just didn’t entertain me as much as the film version of it did. That was surprising to me since the majority of the time a book is usually better than the film version of it, in my opinion. However, the book appeared to be a flatter form of the movie. Perhaps I should’ve read the book before seeing the film and I would’ve felt differently about this. But I thought that the characters seemed more developed in the movie. Although I did think Bliss was interesting and unique in both the book and film, she seemed a bit whiny and self-centered in Derby Girl. Weirdly enough, the book has a very neat and happy ending, which didn’t seem realistic seeing as how Bliss has just gotten her heart broken by the boy she’s been seeing.   I very much think that the main reason why I wasn’t particularly fond of this book was because I saw the movie first. Derby Girl didn’t feel especially authentic to me and that’s why I could only give it 2 of 5 stars. The plot of the book and film are super similar yet I think that the movie achieved badass girl-power status while the book didn’t live up to my expectations. But if you’re interested in roller derby, then I would suggest giving this book and maybe even the film a try!
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Great read..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read and i luv the book
Whymsy More than 1 year ago
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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mmcmahonward More than 1 year ago
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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