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Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

16178Dairy Queen
Catherine Gilbert Murdock
2006 HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780618683079
Genre – Realistic Fiction
Age – High School
4 Stars

D.J. was just your typical farm raised Midwestern girl, but life for her seems to be anything but typical. Her father hurt his hip, and she has taken over all of the farm duties. Her mom has taken on two jobs to compensate, and her college football star brothers haven’t spoken to her all year. Things couldn’t get any weirder in her life until Brian Nelson, her high school’s rival football team quarterback, walks onto her farm to help her out for a day. Somehow all of this leads to even stranger happenings, like training Brian for his upcoming season, or her trying out for the football team herself.

Honestly, it’s hard to explain how all this fits together, but it does, and wonderfully. This book has it all, humor, sports, real life, and cows. Did I mention football? The writing was simplistic, yet elegant in that way. D.J.’s life is not fancy or showy. This is not your typical girl meets boy; girl and boy fall in love type of realistic fiction. It has depth. It admits that maybe just maybe there is something more to teenage life than cheesy teenage love. You know like football, cows, family, and friendship. Well done!


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