Katie Reads: Dairy Queen

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When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.
Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people. But, D. J. can’t help admitting, maybe he’s right.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.
Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn’t so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mom has two jobs and a big secret. Why her college-football-star brothers won’t even call home. Why her dad would go ballistic if she tried out for the high school football team herself. And why Brian is so, so out of her league.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.
Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old D. J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, learns to talk, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock was a fun, quick read perfect for the summer.

A lot of the plot centers around football, but it’s not really about football, the sport is just used as a vehicle for discussing other things happening in DJ’s life. Which, frankly, is how I like my sports stories. I like less of the sport and more of the emotions and lives of the players. This book did a nice job exploring the different areas of DJ’s life where there was tension, particularly between members of her family.

Also, (mild spoiler) girls playing football! Or girl playing football. I loved how DJ made her decision to go out for her high school’s football team, and I loved how Murdock really set it up so it was plausible that DJ would make the team. DJ is described as being larger than average for a girl, spends everyday physically working on her family’s farm, played peewee football for years, and comes from a family where all her brothers played and did well.

Murdock did a great job with characterization overall. All her characters felt like real people with real problems that they weren’t always really good at talking about. It was fun getting to know all the characters and I liked that the ending was positive, but didn’t tie up all the loose ends.

(I saw a lot of hate towards the cover, and while I’ll admit it doesn’t really tell you much about the actual story, I think a cow wearing a tiara is hilarious).

Stay magical readers!

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