We all know that friends stick together, but what if they want to go in completely different directions? In the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book, Rollergirl, by Victoria Jamieson, Astrid and Nicole have been best friends for as long as they can remember, but one summer, two camps, and new friends changes everything.
Nicole and Astrid have always done everything together. So when Astrid’s mom brought Astrid out for a fun time, Nicole came to. Surprisingly, they ended up at the roller derby for a night of fun and excitement. As soon as Astrid saw the skaters, she knew that was something she wanted to do. In fact, there was a perfect opportunity for her to start. A summer camp held by the derby, teaching kids to to roller skate. Astrid assumed right away that Nicole would join her, but Nicole had different plans. Instead, she would go to dance camp with another friend and Astrid would be left alone to go to th derby. Astrid had never been alone and always counted on Nicole to be with her all the time. Without Nicole, the summer was sure to be filled with strangers, hard times, bumps, bruises, fights, and new beginnings; but can Astrid deal with this all by herself and become strong enough to be a rollergirl?
Rollergirl has a spectacular plot and colorful detailed illustrations to go with it. (It is a graphic novel.) At first glance, it may seem childish or unoriginal, but many plot twists and unexpected events help make it a great story. This novel has very strong underlying themes about being tough and working hard to get something you want, being happy for others, even when you can’t be happy yourself, and believing you can. Although it may sound sappy, Rollergirl’s numerous humorous lines brightens up the whole story and causes a lot of laughter. Any comedy or realistic fiction lovers will enjoy this story because of it’s believable plot and funny lines and also owing to the fact that it is very relatable due to concepts about friendships growing apart and hard experiences.
I would recommend this book to anyone over 10 because of very slight romance and faintly rebellious ideas. However, it was pretty easy to read because of the beautiful pictures that add to the words on the page, so many different types of book-lovers would be entertained by it. Any time you’re looking for a fun graphic novel to read, be sure to pick up Rollergirl.