Book Review: Dairy Queen #2: The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary | Romance

(Dairy Queen #2)

Life is looking up for D.J. Schwenk. She’s in eleventh grade, finally. After a rocky summer, she’s reconnecting in a big way with her best friend, Amber. She’s got kind of a thing going with Brian Nelson, who’s cute and popular and smart but seems to like her anyway. And then there’s the fact she’s starting for the Red Bend High School football team—the first girl linebacker in northern Wisconsin, probably. Which just shows you can’t predict the future. As autumn progresses, D.J. struggles to understand Amber, Schwenk Farm, her relationship with Brian, and most of all her family. As a whole herd of trouble comes her way, she discovers she’s a lot stronger than she—or anyone—ever thought.

Book 1: Dairy Queen review

*****

How come that one (and only) abrupt kiss got me hot and bothered? Maybe because it came out of nowhere and D.J. needed it to be oh, so good? Haha! Man, I love D.J. Schwenk. I want to be friends with this girl! D.J. is still funny, and sweet, but the biggest change is this: She’s actually speaking up and standing up for herself for good. No more taking crap from Brian (jerk!) and her family.

The Off Season is still a short read like Dairy Queen but I didn’t find the story lacking. D.J.’s coming out of her shell, maybe she can learn to flirt with Brian..? *snorts* Finally, she’s not a nobody at her school anymore. But it’s too early to celebrate. Next thing she knows, Win got hurt badly in a football game. Guess who is the assigned personal nurse of her silent grieving brother?

Murdock’s writing is easy to get into. Subtle jokes here and there made me laugh in contentment. Awkward family scenes made me cringe. D.J.’s story of being comfortable with who she is and what she does to break free from her usual passive behavior – it’s empowering. You go, girl. 🙂

By this time, Dairy Queen series is becoming a favorite. Somehow, The Off Season proved that family drama never have to be so dramatic. It just needs to be heartfelt.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Dairy Queen #2: The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

  1. Pingback: Book Review: Dairy Queen #3: Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock « reading is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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