Monday, August 20, 2012

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Read in: June, 2012
Format: Hardback
Source: Borrowed from Library
Star Rating: ★★★★
D.J. Schwenk is just an average farm girl. She's almost 6 feet tall, loves sports, and helps out around her families generations old dairy farm. But every family has their own problems. Her dad messed up his hip last spring, causing her to quit basketball and possibly a chance at a college scholarship. Her youngest brother Curtis barely talks. And, most of all, her two oldest brothers refuse to talk to her family. Now, to add her to all of this, her dad's best friend and her hometownes rival football coach, Jimmy Ott, has asked her to personally train his rich boy quarterback, Brian.
Where to even begin with this book? First of all, love D.J. She's a strong, well rounded character. She doesn't flounce around in moods and fainting spells. She gets her crap done! But she's also a teenage girl with extremely low self esteem. And she complains about being stupid. A lot. 
But regardless of the fact, that is what covers the entire story, her trying to discover her palce among her family, her friends, and even Brian. She goes through the ups and downs of life, discovers a goal that challenges the social system of modern life, and even manages to come out on top of most of her problems. 

However, I feel like the author tended to ramble. As this is told through D.J.'s own voice while she writes everything down, she tends to get off topic and ramble about other things.

I really like DJ's voice throughout the book. This was a quick read, with a little family drama and romance thrown in. It does focus on some pretty life changing events, but that's what adds to the charm of the novel. 

Four stars. I would recommend to some people, although others might not like how flat she seemed to sound and how quickly paced the novel is. 

Please go like my review on goodreads! 

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