Author: Megan Sparks
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Net Galley
Goodreads Rating: 4.20 stars
My Rating: 3 stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
When Annie moves from London to a small town in the midwest, she struggles to fit in. She gets off to a bad start when she makes an enemy of her school’s queen bee, Kelsey. But she discovers a new passion, the exciting sport of roller derby, and makes friends with the cool and quirky girls on her team, the Liberty Belles. She also meets Jesse, the friendly boy who works at the roller rink, and Tyler, a cute, all-American sports star.
A fun light read that’s suitable for a younger crowd (perfect for your Middle Grade aged readers who are reading on a YA level). There’s no swearing, no risque situations and a very present parent figure (uncommon in a lot of YA stuff).
It’s definitely a coming of age kind of story where Annie is learning to fit in with a new school, new friends and a new culture. Readers get a taste of the kind of culture shock a British teen might get if they come to live in the states. There’s fun Brit slang and references (even a Doctor Who mention!).
I love the introduction to roller derby. There’s definitely a resurgence of the sport here and I think it’s a good one to introduce to girls, especially when there’s an uptick in girls wanting to show they’re not dainty flowers and can play as hard as the boys do. Lots of lingo is thrown out in the story but it’s well explained and readers will get a decent idea of how the sport is played.
The only downside to the story, for me, is that it seemed to end a bit abruptly. We don’t find out what happens with the two possible love interests or the annoying catty cheerleader chick. I’m guessing this is the first in a series so those things will be addressed in following books.
All in all, a cute, quick read about fitting in and being yourself.