October 28th, 2009 by Karen
Over the weekend, Nancy and I saw the movie Whip It, and we both loved it. Awesome cast? Check. Killer soundtrack? Check. Touching/hilarious/empowering story of a rocking girl who struggles but eventually finds her strength, both inner and physical? Check! AND the film is based on a book: Derby Girl by Shauna Cross.
Sounds like a perfect match for Kidsmomo, right? Well, I have to warn you: the movie is rated PG-13 and the book is YA. So keeping in mind that you, our loyal Kidsmomo audience, might not be allowed to see the film or read the book, I started wondering if there’s an alternative reading choice with all the same elements. And since I’m totally awesome, I did indeed come up with one… There’s a Girl in My Hammerlock by Jerry Spinelli.
The book is about 13-year-old Maisie, who decides to try out for her school’s all-boy wrestling team in order to get the attention of a guy she likes. But once on the team, she discovers that she’s actually good at wrestling, and that she loves the sport! Unfortunately, she also discovers how cruel her classmates can be, and that she can’t count on all her supposed friends for support.
In the end — well, I don’t want to give it away. But you guys are smart; I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that this book isn’t exactly a downer. BUT don’t think you’ve got it all figured out, because this book doesn’t have the traditional underdog sports book happy ending. It does, however, live up to the tagline for the movie Whip It, which is: “Be Your Own Hero.”
Makes me wonder why there’s no movie version of There’s a Girl in My Hammerlock. Hollywood, if you’re reading Kidsmomo.com, please make a film based on this book!
And if you’ve already read There’s a Girl in My Hammerlock, leave a comment letting me know your thoughts!