5 Things About Rev Girl by Leigh Hutton

February 16, 2016 Review 26 ★★★½

5 Things About Rev Girl by Leigh Hutton
Rev Girl by Leigh Hutton
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Publisher: Self Published
Source: Author
Pages: 288
Release Date: May 24th, 2014
Series: The Go Girl Chronicles #1
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Girls & Women, Motorcycles, Young Adult
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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?

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

becGirl’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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Overall: 3.4

26 Responses to “5 Things About Rev Girl by Leigh Hutton”

  1. Wattle

    I like the sound of this one (minus the high school drama), it’s pretty cool that it focuses on dirt bike racing, of all things! And I’m totally intrigued about what direction the romance went in. Hmmmm.
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    • Bec

      It was pretty cool! The romance went in a very different direction that most YA books would, I must say. It was a nice change

    • Bec

      It’s self published so hasn’t really been blasted around the blogosphere. Thorough research and knowledge really adds so much to the world and story!

  2. Kelly

    It’s always great when an author has experience in what their writing about! It really does help with authenticity, which isn’t always there otherwise. I feel like it’s something you really notice when it isn’t there, if that makes sense.
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    • Bec

      That it does! It feels so much more real when the author has a lot of knowledge. They can describe it in particular ways only people who have the experience can.

    • Bec

      I never liked high school drama in school so I don’t like to read about it. But it’s unavoidable in some contemporaries. I’m glad the other components were good though!

    • Bec

      It was pretty good! I only noticed a couple of mistakes. Honestly I’ve seen more in some traditionally published novels .

    • Bec

      Dallas was a bit of a dick but that relationship was important to Clover’s character growth so I could deal with it.

      Thanks!

  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Girls competing in dirt bike races?! THAT.SOUNDS.AWESOME!! I am a bit worried about the high school drama, which I have to say I agree with you one million percent. I always hated drama, even when I was in high school and I haven’t grown to love it any more now. I think I’d have to be in just the right mood to go with it but everything else about this sounds really unique and interesting to me^^ Thanks for putting this on my radar Bec ♥
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  4. Lonna | FLYLēF

    Have you had a chance to read Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin? I just started it. This story also involves a highly competitive motorcycle racing. Motorcycle/dirt biking, that is similar, yes? :) It’s great how Hutton and Graudin both went out and rode on a bike so that they could incorporate their experiences in the story. I appreciate such dedication from authors to give readers a more accurate depiction. Clover sounds like a very interesting character despite some initial dramas. I’m glad she grew and you were able to enjoy her story by the end.
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    • Bec

      I haven’t yet! But I’ve been eyeing it off for a while. I didn’t actually know it involved racing. I’ll definitely have to check it out now I think :D

  5. Alise

    I’m liking the concept behind this one with competitive racing and the main character sounds pretty awesome. What I’m not liking is the sound of the high school drama, although it is hard to get away from in a contemporary YA book.

  6. Lola

    I like it when books about sports show both the good and the messy sides, as I think that realistic. I don’t think I’ve read a lot of books with girls in extreme sports either, but then again I have read hardly any sports books in general.
    It’s great when an author knows enough about the topic or did her research as it makes things feel more realistic.
    And high school drama can be tiring sometimes, I don’t mind it too much, but it’s not my favourite part of a book either. Clover sounds like a great character and it sounds like the romance contributes to her growth as a character, makes me curious about what excatly happens. Great review! And I love your new blog design, it looks awesome!
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    • Bec

      It is realistic! No sport is all glory. It gets messy and dirty and hard.

      Thanks! Alise, as per usual, is the mind behind all this design. She did such a fabulous job.

  7. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I’m so glad you liked this one, Bec! I absolutely love the way it sounds so empowering, and the fact that it focuses on a girl competing in sports! I was never sporty, but I really have noticed the lack of YA novels about girls with an interest in sports.

    The high school drama is super iffy, though. I hated it, and I really don’t like reading about it. It’s why I stayed away from contemporaries for so long …

    I’m super happy that this book came along at the right time for you <3
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    • Bec

      I’ve never been overly sporty either, because of lack of talent haha. But it’s cool to see how the different sports work, especially one like dirt bike racing which isn’t so well known.

      Yep high school drama is why I stay in the land of fantasy. Or if I do go into a contemporary it’s probably not set in a high school.

  8. Peach @ Rebelle Reads

    omg this sounds so cool. I really need it on my TBR now. The name Clover reminds me of Totally Spies haha. But how badass and sorry to hear about the little bit of high school drama. Hate those. Glad you loved it, otherwise! :D
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    • Bec

      I never watched/read Totally Spies when I was a kid :O Too busy obsessing over horses haha.

      Glad I could introduce you to Rev Girl!

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