Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 24th, 2014
Series: The Go Girl Chronicles #1
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Girls & Women, Motorcycles, Young Adult
It's hard to be the new girl, but it's even harder being the new girl who races dirt bikes...
Ever since her parents forced her to move from Canada to Silvertown, Colorado, Clover Kassedy hasn't fit in. So how do you deal when everyone hates you?
Focusing all her energy on racing her motorcycle did it for a while, but now that Clover's managed to find a bestie and a boyfriend, the pressure on the sixteen-year-old is worse than ever.
She's determined to get to the World Championships, where she could finally meet her idol - an Australian, the World Champion - and have a shot at becoming a professional dirt bike racer. But with her super-competitive dad, horrible mother and relentless bullies at races and at high school, Clover is struggling to make her dreams a reality.
Will it be her scheming ex-best-friend who shatters her world? Or will she let her 'perfect' boyfriend - the guy who has finally made her feel like she belongs in their school and their town - stop her from becoming an international racing star?
Girl’s kicking ass in extreme sports
Girls competing in extreme sports is something I only just realised I haven’t really read before, aside from books I got into way back at the start of high school (and they were mainly jockeys and other horse books). REV GIRL showed the glorious, the messy, and the competitive sides of dirt bike racing, something I’ve never done or seen. It was interesting seeing just how the sport was run, what was involved, etc. The scenes that revolved around racing were some of my favourite parts of the book and I wish there was a little more.
It’s based on the author’s real experiences
Leigh Hutton has actually competed in the races/locations Clover did. This added an authentic element to the racing scenes. She knew what she was talking about and exactly how to describe the racing scenes.
Ugh, high school drama
I never liked being in high school drama and I don’t enjoy reading about high school drama. It’s the reason I stay away from most contemporaries nowadays. There was more high school drama in REV GIRL than I originally expected and it did get on my nerves at times. Fortunately as time went on and Clover grew she started to deal with things really well and I was proud. In the beginning she was overreacting to various things, but I guess that’s teenagers sometimes.
I was worried about the romance
When the romance started in REV GIRL I was a bit iffy about it. There was just something about Dallas I didn’t trust. He was a nice enough guy for the most part, but then there were times he was an arse and starting to create a bit of a toxic relationship. Then stuff happened, Clover made hard decisions, and it ended in a completely different place than most contemporaries would have. The inclusion of the romance and how it unfolded was important to Clover’s growth as a character.
Clover is an inspiring character
Clover was an incredibly relatable and inspiring character. Her reactions to drama did get on my nerves in the beginning, but she grew on me. Clover is very strong and sure of herself, but she’s not made of steel. Many of the fears and doubts she struggles with are things I battle in my own life, and she has many vulnerable moments. She gets cocky, she fails, but every time she falls she gets back up and works through the problem, a quality I really admire.
Despite the high school drama that got on my nerves, REV GIRL has left me feeling incredibly empowered. Reading about Clover, a girl who I found easily relatable, dominating her own extreme sport made me want to run out there and conquer my own fears and doubts. She was such an inspiring character and the message in REV GIRL has hit me at the right time. It really delivers a message every girl needs to hear.