Release Date: 2007
Read by: Natalie Moore
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Library
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 hilarious, heartbreaking and triumphant sequel to the critically acclaimed Dairy Queen takes D.J. and all the Schwenks from Labor Day to a Thanksgiving football game that you will never forget.
I hope by now you’ve heard me wax poetic about Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. That book, you guys. I just can’t fully express my love for it. As soon as I finished it I started The Off Season. I’m so happy this is a trilogy or else I would have went through some serious withdrawals. And possibly even started Dairy Queen again. Oh, but never fear, there’s much more D.J., Brian, Curtis and everyone else in this installment.
To tell you the truth The Off Season went in a completely different direction than I was expecting. I won’t get into it in case you’re one of those unfortunate souls that still hasn’t experienced these books. I was certainly still pleased with the way the story played out. D.J. Is definitely growing as a character and I so happy to see her confront some of her issues. Even if she just accumulated more.
This story is more focused on family than the first one. Although, there were a few scenes with Brain that left me warm and fuzzy. The Off Season also has more heartache. The situation that D.J. finds herself in was just heart wrenching for me. I loved that she did what needed to be done though. She’s so mature and smart. I can’t help but admire her even if she’s fictional. She’s the type of character I could see being very close friends with, you know, if she were real.
Obviously, I loved The Off Season. It was a wonderful continuation of Dairy Queen. Now I can’t wait to get started on Front and Center. I hope by now you’ve added these to you must read very soon list.