Author: Megan Sparks
Published by: Curious Fox
Publication date: 12th September 2013
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Sports
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
'In a Jam' is the third book in this four-book series and, whilst being sad about nearing the end of the series, I was also very excited to be reading about Annie and her life again. The Roller Girls series is such a good set of contemporaries and they're amazing at getting you out of a reading slump! Funny, realistic, exciting...I just love them.
Annie is still thoroughly enjoying her time on the roller derby team, but her boyfriend? Not so much. As time goes on they start to realise how different they are. In this case, opposites definitely don't attract. And then there's Annie's parents' divorce drama to deal with over Thanksgiving. How will she deal with it all?
I think this book was better than the others in the series and my reason for this will sound weird but hear me out! I think it's better because it's not so perfect. The other books are perfect, the characters all act in the right way and conflict is a hurdle that is quickly jumped over. 'In a Jam' seemed far more real. Annie slightly annoyed me sometimes because her boyfriend wasn't a good person and she just couldn't see that he was manipulating her. Tyler, her boyfriend, annoyed me a lot, too. He was always bossing her around and calling her friends 'freaks' just because they dared to be different. But these things aren't faults with the book; in fact, they make it a lot better. These conflicts go on for a while so it's more realistic than conflicts in the other books, where it'd all be over two pages later. I don't think any of that made sense but I hope some of you understand what I mean!
I loved reading more about Illinois, too. I've been there but I hadn't been born yet *spooky music* Anyway, I think it's cool that it was set in Illinois because a lot of contemporaries set in America are in the most glamourised places like Los Angeles or Florida. Again, this contributed to the feeling of it being more realistic and I just.... I loved it, so, so much!
Definitely a good series to read if you're up for a fun contemporary or if you're in a reading slump! I'm about to start the last book in the series and I really don't want it to end. Megan Sparks has quickly become a favourite author of mine but I don't think she's written any other books separate from the Roller Girls series. Hopefully she'll write some more books because she's very talented. I highly recommend this, if you hadn't guessed that already! ;)