Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl

For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby. Twelve-year-old Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, she assumes Nicole will too. But Nicole signs up for dance camp with a new friend instead, and so begins the toughest summer of Astrid's life. There are bumps and bruises as Ast...

Details Roller Girl

TitleRoller Girl
Release DateMar 10th, 2015
PublisherDial Books
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Sports and Games, Sports, Comics, Young Adult

Reviews Roller Girl

  • Lola
    I read a fiction novel about roller derby years ago. The novel was made into a movie, which I watched, so I thought if the movie was good, the book must be ten times better. But it really wasn’t. It didn’t make me curious about roller derby or teach me anything about it that I still remember today.ROLLER GIRL is a girl’s story, but it also feels like a special honour to roller derby, which I now find to be twice as exciting as I did before....
  • Nat
    Roller Derby, Girl-Power, and FriendshipI was pumped to read this middle-grade graphic novel all about recognizing female empowerment within the roller derby community, especially after having read and loved Pamela Ribon's SLAM! Vol. 1, which is a YA comic bundle set around the same premise. Twelve-year-old Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, she assumes Nicole will too. B...
  • Erica
    Last year, my favorite middle-grade book was Sisters. I think Roller Girl will be this year's favorite because it. is. AMAZING.Summary: Astrid Vasquez, dubbed Ass-turd by her nemesis, Rachel, has been best friends with Nicole forever. Astrid is the kid who does her own thing, is a little wild and very active, is the tomboy who poses a threat to kids with less confidence. But she doesn't know any of that, she just knows that it's always been her a...
  • Calista
    Roller-rific. This was amazing. I want to go to a real Roller Derby event. i think it would be fun. I enjoyed the movie that came out a few years ago. This is a story about Astrid at age 12 learning to be a tough and cool Roller Girl. She joins a summer camp to learn to skate, bump, fall, and jam. She has to be tough and she gains and loses friends in the process. Going into junior high is not for the faint of heart. Astrid's world is being turne...
  • Raina
    Holy crap, I'm so excited that I get to be a kids librarian in a time when the market is nurturing and embracing literature like this. Jamieson has a soft spot for the everysoul - she doesn't tell stories just about the stars of the world. Here, she uses her background playing roller derby to tell a coming of age story about a tween. It's (subtly) set in PDX, which is a nice perk. I really liked that Jamieson introduced derby as one activity in a...
  • Jenna
    Here are some of my favorite roller derby player names from this excellent girl-empowerment book that will be enjoyable to young people and adults alike, and that you should all go out and buy for your daughters/granddaughters/nieces etc. and read with them immediately! -Rainbow BiteNapoleon BlownapartSlays MiserablesBraidy PunchHeidi Go-SeekMarz RollverDraculolaScream Soda...and perhaps my favorite: in her bio, the author, a bona fide roller gir...
  • Sesana
    This book came to my attention because of the subject matter (roller derby!), because of the cute cover, and because the blurb compared it to Raina Telgemeier. I love Telgemeier, and I'm happy to report that the comparison was fitting.I admit that I was kind of expecting the general story arc that you usually find in a kids' sport story. Think Bad News Bears, Sandlot, Mighty Ducks. This is not exactly that story arc. Sure, Astrid is enthusiastic ...
  • AleJandra
    Pop Sugar Reading Challenge 2018Un libro acerca de o relacionado con un deporte. "It takes a real hero to take a hit for the team, and to let the spotlight shine on someone else." Este libro se lo regale en Navidad a mi hija. Y en medio de las festividades nos tomo casi dos semanas leerlo. Excelente novela Gráfica, una de las mejores que he leído. La historia esta exquisitamente estructurada, para que cualquiera que la lea se sienta identificad...
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    Oh, I loved Roller Girl. I came across it during a shopping trip at Gosh! Comics with my friend Daphne and one glance at the cover me it was the graphic novel for me! Roller Girl is the heartwarming tale of friendship and roller derby over one summer, beautifully written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson. It perfectly captures what it's like to be growing up when you're not a child, but not quite a teenager.Astrid is 12-years-old and does ev...
  • Vanessa
    I would like to begin with my tl;dr impressions of this book and they go like this:YES! YES! YES! OH MY GOD! I LOVE IT SO MUCH, I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN CRACKED OPEN AND SOMEONE POURED PURE SUNSHINE INSIDE OF ME! SQUEEEEEEEE!!!With that out of the way--I've loved roller derby for years. At my first in-person match, I harbored vivid fantasies of donning a helmet and jamming and blocking my heart out that lasted all the way through picking my fantasy ...
  • Liz
    This graphic novel is perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier's books, as it is very similar in tone and artwork. I really enjoyed the storyline of complicated friendships, which came to a very satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended! I will definitely be giving my niece a copy of this book for her 12th birthday.
  • Abby Johnson
    Um, just so, so good. Not only is this a super introduction to the world of roller derby (something I knew nothing about but now feel like I could understand), but it's an empowering story of girls navigating middle school friendships and never, ever giving up on their dreams. For the first time, Astrid is spending the summer apart from her best friend Nicole who is so not interested in roller derby and elects to sign up for ballet camp. Not only...
  • Meredith
    This is every bit as cute as your friends are probably telling you it is. My husband also read and loved this book, and has decided that that our imaginary future daughter is definitely doing roller derby.For those interested, I think my derby name would have been "NightMer." Husband says his is "Slaymier."
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  • David Schaafsma
    Raina Telgemeier territory, which is to say it is a perfect antidote to the sturm und drang and anguish and suffering of Crime and Punishment! :) Happy and positive and colorful.A girl grows up with a mom taking her and her sister to the opera and ballet to expose her to supergirly cultural experiences, which are okay for her, but one day mom takes her to the roller derby and her life is changed! She finds like-minded friends and fun and competit...
  • Misty
    This was cute, had great humor throughout, and the art was very clean, crisp and colorful (yay, alliteration!). Also, roller derby. What more could you want? =D
  • Pamela
    Evidently, I had a bit of a binge on graphic novels recently.Hooray! Book binging is the best kind!I was really looking forward to Rollergirl, and while it was quite good, it wasn't exactly the descending-from-heaven-MG-title I was looking for while Raina Telgemeier writes her next one (please, she is writing another, correct?). I can't quite decide whether my newborn desire to take up roller derby is fortunate or unfortunate.Oh, come on. I come ...
  • Hobbes
    Friendship.Girl power.Roller Derby!For 9-12 years readers, this graphic novel is relatable, fun, hilarious and cute.Loved it!
  • Laura
    This is so cool. This graphic novel reminds me of the best of the middle-school graphic novels, such as Smile, which are very much about making friends, and keeping friends, and growing up and apart.Astrid, the main character, goes with her best friend, Nicole, to see a Roller Derby show, and falls in love with it. Astrid hopes that her friend will share her desire to take a Roller Derby summer camp, but Nicole wants to do Ballet Summer Camp.And ...
  • The Styling Librarian
    Rollergirl by Victoria Jamieson - Graphic Novel - 4th grade and up - Loved this book. Knocked my socks off. Loved how Astrid, the main character, is so inspired by the roller derby that she goes to see with her mom that she enthusiastically signs up for roller derby summer camp. Also appreciated how friendships in the story can be challenged, stretched, and reshaped. This is a book that really takes to heart being true to yourself, not letting ot...
  • Kristen
    After thinking this one over for a day or two, I think I need to bump up my rating to 5 stars. It's a really wonderful graphic novel about friendship, growing up, and roller derby. Also, although this makes it sound preachy (which it emphatically ISN'T!), it's about the importance of persevering and working hard when you aren't good at something, and how it's worth it to do that if it's something you love. Such a great message.Really good, great ...
  • Dov Zeller
    Such a great book! I am so close to giving it a 5. Beautiful storytelling, with some elements of a great underdog sports film and the witty, artsy, feistiness of roller derby and then just a lot of charm. I really appreciated the complexity of the relationships and all the hard work and joy de vivre (of the artist and the players).
  • Susan
    Loved! Loved! Loved! Realistic in a way that middle grade readers will "see" their own struggles with friendship, feelings, and fitting in. Also really appreciated the thoughtful way adults were portrayed in this one. A win from beginning to end! You will definitely need multiple copies of this one!
  • Jim Leesch
    Why the hell are you reading this review instead of reading the book? GO! NOW! You can come back and thank me later.
  • Fruitloopz
    This book is great I finished it in two days and couldn't keep my eyes off of it!I totally recemend this book!
  • Laurie
    A must read for every mid-school girl and her mother!
  • Barb Middleton
    Good fiction allows readers to acquire knowledge and understanding about themselves through experiencing with characters different emotions, beliefs, and behaviors. When readers gain self-identification from reading, the fiction becomes a tool for socialization and education. Childhood and adolescence is a difficult time because it is when self-identities are forming, but the brain is not fully developed making decision-making and self-knowledge ...
  • Nicola Mansfield
    This is a wonderful wholesome coming of age story of a middle schooler dealing with many issues facing children of this age but particularly one which almost all of us go through. That time when we find ourselves drifting away from the best friend we've had since kindergarten. Nicole and Astrid will be starting junior high after this summer and though they've always done everything together, this summer Astrid is joining Roller Derby camp and Nic...
  • Elizabeth A
    This graphic novel targeted at the middle school reader is a wonderful story about the complexity of friendships, and the grit to go after your dreams.Twelve year old Astrid is smitten when she attends a Roller Derby event, and decides to sign up for derby camp. Turns out her best friend Nicole plans to attend dance camp instead. Astrid has to negotiate new challenges, face her fears, and negotiate some tough stuff. This is a fun and fast read th...