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on 12 February 2009
A xmas present, and one which I read in a day.

I play with the North East's first roller derby team, the Middlesbrough Milk Rollers, so this book was high on my list of things to read.

This is a fast-paced story of one girls progression from geek to glamazon due to her joining the Texas Rollergirls.

Full of juicy stories, derby tips and well-researched historical info, I would reccommend this to any derby girls or anyone who wants to know what all the fuss is about.
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on 3 June 2011
Rollergirl is a smashing book - retelling the early days of Roller Derby and concentrating on it's modern form, Flat Track Roller Derby. It's told from the perspective of one person, and certainly there's a distinct aura of bitchiness here and there - both given and received! The style is quite gossipy, and features funny profiles of various skaters scattered throughout.

If you're a Derby player, ref, NSO, fan, or even if you only know Derby girls, it's a must-read.
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on 31 December 2011
A great read, I could barely put it down.

It covers every possible area you'd want to hear about if you're a roller derby enthusiast. The personal stories, the ins and outs of the games, the ups and downs of running a sports team. It manages to capture the sheer joy of watching a real derby bout and had me flinching at every injury and grinning at every point scored.

My only annoyance at the end of it was that there wasn't any more to read.
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on 18 November 2013
A lot has changed in the world of roller derby since 2007 when the book was published, and it shows. Even in just the last 3 years since I started playing in the UK, the bitchy, overly image-conscious side of roller derby has all but died out. It's hard now to relate to the author's overly-dramatic and gossipy writing style, and I gave up even reading the player and team biogs towards the end which all blended into one samey and uninteresting blur.

I skate under a derby pseudonym, which I love, but the descriptions of several 'archetypal' derby alter-ego characters that supposedly everyone fits in to in one way or another are just ridiculous.

The book is obviously of its time, and describes the beginnings of a sport which is developing very quickly, so I suppose it's no surprise it has quickly become dated. It's fairly interesting in places for its descriptions of the history of the sport and the modern revival, but its play by play re-tellings of numerous early bouts are largely unnecessary, and quickly become boring.

If you watch and play roller derby today (November 2013 at the time of writing this review) you're likely to be frustrated, like me, by the style and content of the book. It's interesting to learn about the beginnings of the sport's revival, the fights on track etc, but I suppose it's a shame the book wasn't written 5 years later in order to cover the increasingly serious, dedicated, athletic side of the sport that is far more empowering and encouraging to today's derby players (both women and men!) than plaid mini skirts and the simple desire to 'knock b*tches over' (as the author puts it) could ever have been!
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on 8 November 2012
This book is funny and easy to read. As a budding roller girl I could relate to lots of the stories. I'm sure anyone who has anything to do with the world of derby would enjoy it too.
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on 20 July 2013
There are many derby blogs out there about people's personal experiences at being involved in derby and in a league but this has it all in one easy place to read. Admittedly I haven't got through all of this book yet but I am loving what I have already read. The only reason I haven't read it all yet is I got it when I started my maternity leave to satisfy my derby-itch on my 'nine month injury' and now it's hard to find the time, so it's sat waiting for me to complete! It's certainly one to have in the derby collection!
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