From Amazon: When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. 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. 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. 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.
I absolutely love this book, D.J. Schwenk and Red Bend, Wisconsin. Catherine Gilbert Murdock has taken your average, run-of-the-mill farming family, and has transformed them into compelling individuals that come alive on the page.
D.J. herself is tough, awkward, determined - everything you'd expect from a high school farm girl. Her friendship with rival jock Brian is real and sweet, and their relationship develops very naturally. I was rooting for them like I would a football team, and even though Brian can be a bit of an idiot, he suits D.J. perfectly. The whole Schwenk family is just brilliant, and I enjoyed getting to know every last one of them.
American football has a huge role in Dairy Queen, and without my trusty Friday Night Lights knowledge, I think I would have been completely lost. We don't play this sport here in the UK, so it's a bit more difficult to follow, though not impossible. D.J. has a rappore and ease with the all-male football team, and it's largely due to her brothers that played before her. Her sheer will to fit in and play is a joy to read, with her success expected and deserving. Dairy Queen is a fantastically fascinating read, with a whole host of loveable characters and lives for you to immerse yourself in. Very highly recommended.