I could probably talk about 247 books in this post. It’s practically impossible to narrow it down, so I decided to just go with a recent favorite: Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.
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.
It sounds like an utterly unassuming book, right? It’s really one of those marvelous gems of a book that just knocks you right off your feet. It’s pretty incredible. D.J. has one of the most honest and believable voices I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Don’t take my word for it:
“Dairy Queen is a flawless and enjoyable book. It is definitely one I recommend, even for people who are not football fans.” – Megan
“I don’t think I’ll ever tire of books surprising me the way this book did. It’s such a wonderful coming of age book that was funny and heartwarming and smart! The writing, plot and it’s characters were amazing and I can’t wait to to read book two and three!” – Tina
“An absolutely amazing series, equally good on print as on audiobook, that I would not hesitate to recommend to everyone. I wish there would be more D.J. in the future. I would read 20 books about her without blinking.” – YA Bliss
Still need convincing?