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In Roller Girl, Astrid’s eyes open up to a new passion when her mom takes her and her loyal best friend Nicole to a Roller Derby. Taking place in the summer before her first year of Junior High, Astrid joins Roller Derby Camp, but soon life starts to turn into a scoreboard when Nicole would rather do dance camp with Astrid’s enemy, changing all that Astrid ever knew about how to steer through life. With her new friend Zoey, and the advice of her favorite player Rainbow Bite, Astrid’s summer is turned into the Derby as she tries to keep up with the older girls. this coming-of-age graphic novel is relatable to every other teenager as Astrid faces a literal battle on the skating arena, keeps secrets from her mom, and slips through friendships like skates themselves.

Roller Girl was enjoyable for me to read because Astrid is a very relatable character that makes you go “been there, done that”. The simple conflicts Astrid goes through are very similar to the problems we face, like when Astrid doesn’t tell her mom before dying her hair or struggles to be on pace with the older girls in the camp. In effect of those problems, Astrid offers the reader amateur but witty insights that will have you shaking your head in laughter. The thing that makes Astrid the most relatable is her perspective on dealing with her issues, especially friendship. Astrid, being twelve, sometimes solves her problems too selfishly, treating some people in her life with hate rather than cooperating and surrendering some of her desires. The way Astrid grows to understand compassion is a mirror to many of us as we grow from children to people we are.

This would humorously witty book is a must-read for graphic novel lovers, especially people dreading the surprises of Junior High!

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