Review : Whip it (book and movie)
Whip it by Shauna Cross
Pages : 234
Genre : YA, Fiction
My Rating :
From the back of the book :
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.
Since I saw the movie right after reading the book, it’s really hard for me to comment one without talking about the other – especially since, as mentioned before, I loved the movie and didn’t really get the book.
I really enjoyed the movie : it was fun, cute, and good entertainment. I love how the characters were portrayed and how they developed through the short time of the movie.
Surprisingly, the movie was quite true to the book – the characters, the visual, it was pretty much how I imagined it after reading Cross’s novel. Yet I still preferred the movie a lot more. I can see two reason why that was : first, the writing. The novel was a bit too “teen speak” for my taste with too much sarcastic humor. I like sarcasm to some extent, but at some point I would have wished Bliss could show more of another side of her personality.
The second reason is the sport itself. Reading about roller derby is certainly not as fun as watching it! I think Cross did her best describing the sport, but you can’t have the same punch from a series of words as you get from seeing it. The intensity was good on screen, but lacking in the book.
Whip it wasn’t a bad book : plenty of readers loved it, some even more than the movie. But for me, it was a lot inferior to the movie : while it could be appreciated by many watchers, I felt like the book was one of those YA books that are really aimed and written for younger readers. I guess it just wasn’t for me!