Friday, February 22, 2008

The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, read by Natalie Moore

I really enjoyed Dairy Queen, so I had a feeling I would enjoy this sequel. In the first book, DJ (Darlene Joyce) trains the rival school's quarterback over the summer on her family's Wisconsin dairy farm. That's right. She trains him. Her two older brothers play college football, and DJ was trained right along with them. She loves the sport, and starts to fall in love with Brian. But in this book, she gets hurt during football season. Even good linebackers injure their shoulder sometime. So DJ has to decide--sit out football and rest her shoulder for basketball? or play through the pain and not let her teammates down? And what about Brian? The two of them are dating. Kind of. Except that he doesn't take her places or acknowledge her presence in front of her friends. The dairy farm is failing, too. Oh, and DJ's oldest brother gets hit and stays down. Spinal injury. DJ has to become a mom to her older brother--missing school to help with recovery and being the cheerleader to keep him out of depression. There's a lot packed into this novel, but it's worth it. DJ is one cool chick. And the read of this audiobook deserves a medal for the awesome Wisconsin accents. I felt like I was on vacation.

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