book by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
review | Monique Sherman
“That’s one advantage to not talking. After a while, people stop talking back.” When D.J. gets in a fight with her best friend, they stop talking. When her college football star brothers get in a fight, they leave and stop calling home. When her little brother Curtis doesn’t want to play sports, he stops talking altogether. When her dad gets injured, and D.J. has to run the farm by herself, she stops talking about it. When her mom has to work two jobs and is keeping a big secret, nobody talks about that either.
When she has to quit basketball before the biggest game of the season and fails English, she stops talking about it. When she starts training Brian, her rival football team’s jerk of a quarterback, she stops talking.
What happens when D.J. finds herself having a huge crush on Brian who is way out of her league? What about when she wants to play football on her high school’s team? Can she really stop talking then?
The summer she turns sixteen is truly one of discovery, communication, and strengthening of broken family ties. Dairy Queen follows the story of D.J. Schwenk’s road to self-acceptance as she realizes she really does have a lot to say about her life. Catherine Gilbert Murdock brings to light the importance of self-discovery and communication in any relationship. This book is a must-read for any girl who feels stuck in her life or anyone who just wants a fun and uplifting read. Dairy Queen is truly a delightful story that teaches the most important yet simple thing in life…loving it!