Friday, September 4, 2009

Dairy Queen - A Review

Dairy Queen - Catherine Gilbert Murdock - Audiobook

  • Publisher: Listening Library, Inc.
  • Pub. Date: May 2006
  • ISBN-13: 9780739335475
  • Sales Rank: 646,939
  • Read by Natalie Moore
  • Edition Description: Unabridged, 5 CDs, 6 hrs., 9 min

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.

My Thoughts:

This was a sweet coming of age tale that takes place over a summer vacation and early school year.

The main character D.J. is a girl who's had to shoulder a lot of her family's farming while her father heals from a hip surgery. Her fathers friend, who's a football coach in another city, sends a snooty boy over to help out and she ends up training him for his upcoming football season. Somewhere along the way she decides she's going to try out for her schools football team and finds herself falling for this boy. On top of all of that she's got a ton of stuff with family and friends going on and not a whole lot of talking to muddle through it.

D.J. is an awkward, shy girl who you see start to come out of her shell as the summer progresses. You find yourself remembering what it was like to be that young and all the feelings and confusion that comes with it.

I found this to be a cute, funny, sweet story and the narrator did such a wonderful job telling it. It got my attention so much that I finished it in one day, spending much of my evening just sitting back and listening.

All in all I'd say I really enjoyed this book and will have to check out more stuff by Catherine sometime.


NotNessie said...

I liked this book, and I thought the second one was even better. I don't know if I'd like it in audio, though.

I'll link your review from mine if that's ok.

Zia said...

Sure that is okay with me. I still have to check out the second one.

Alayne said...

Found your site from Book Blogs ning and wanted to say I like it! Good reviews. :)

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