The Off Season – Catherine Gilbert Murdock

off-season

Sequel to Dairy Queen.  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.

This was even better than Dairy Queen.  D.J. goes from figuring out what she thinks she wants to knowing that she can have what she wants and she doesn’t need anyone to give it to her.  This is a book that shows that girls can be as tough, if not tougher than guys when need be, without losing themselves or their identities.  Brian goes from a hero to…well you need to read it to find out!  Highly Recommended.     – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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