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The Off Season (2008)

av Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Serier: Dairy Queen Series (2)

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High school junior D.J. staggers under the weight of caring for her badly injured brother, her responsibilities on the dairy farm, a changing relationship with her friend Brian, and her own athletic aspirations.
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"The Off Season" almost feels like two books, because the focus of the book abruptly makes a 90 degree turn about halfway through.
The first part is mainly a continuation of "Dairy Queen." D.J. Schwenk, the girl who plays linebacker on the high school football team, and her romance with Brian, the quarterback of the rival team.
Then, suddenly, halfway into the book, D.J.'s older brother, Win, who play college football, suffers a serious injury during a game. He may never walk again. The entire focus of the book goes to that story. In a literary sense, this bothered me. The injury wasn't foreshadowed, it just came out of the blue and changed the aim of the book. But then I thought, maybe that was the point. Because in real life, when some devastating event like that happens, of course it is always out of the blue. And it totally changes the course of the life of the injured person, but also that person's whole family. So maybe it was just as it should be.
D.J. is a great narrator. A strong, but sympathetic character. ( )
  fingerpost | Apr 25, 2021 |
The first book I ever read where I finished it and said, "what the...?" Not really even worth one star. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
Audiobook narrated by Natalie Moore. The likable D.J. returns in this sequel to "Dairy Queen." She may describe her family as not the type to communicate much with each other but the book portrays well the warmth and closeness of the family as they rally around the injured Wyn. I liked how the narrator leaned into a Midwestern accent for this; it gave an extra dimension to the story. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Book on CD performed Natalie Moore
4****

Things are looking up for D.J. Schwenk (who first appeared in Murdock’s Dairy Queen). She’s doing well in her junior year of high school, playing on the boy’s football team, and looking forward to a great season of basketball. Her relationship with Brian Nelson, quarterback on the rival high school’s football team, seems to be warming up as well. But there’s trouble on the horizon and D J will have to dig deep to find the strength to manage everything that’s thrown at her.

This is a great YA book (named a 2007 Best Book for Young Adults). The characters act appropriately for their age and maturity, and the plot twists are believable and possible. We may not all live on a dairy farm in north central Wisconsin, but we can all relate to the trials and tribulations of school, friends, and family life. Natalie Moore does a wonderful job performing the book. Her interpretation of the characters makes them completely believable, and her pacing is perfect. I love D J and will definitely read the third installment of her story, Front and Center.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
This is Book Two of “The Dairy Queen” series about D.J. (for Darlene Joyce) Schwenk, 16 now, who is six feet tall, athletic, funny, and the charming narrator of this trilogy about her “coming of age” in Red Bend, Wisconsin. When D.J. isn’t doing chores on her family’s dairy farm, she is playing football or basketball on her high school team. She is also “crazy in love” with Brian Nelson, the quarterback of Red Bend’s main rival, Hawley.

In this book, D.J. gets injured during a football game, and has to decide whether to drop football, which she loves. But her shoulder injury is nothing compared to what happens to her older brother Win, who plays football for the University of Washington. On a televised game the whole family was watching, he sustained a severe injury to his spinal cord. D.J.’s mother threw her back out, and her father had to take care of the dairy cows, so it was up to D.J. to go to the hospital at U. of Washington and tend to Win.

Win was full of anger about his injury - “a C5 incomplete” - not talking to anyone, and not trying to help with is own recovery. D.J. is hurt by his rejection and doesn’t know what to do to help him. Moreover, she figured out that Brian was embarrassed by her, and that’s why he never would be seen in public with her.

But the Schwenks are nothing if not survivors, and in this inspiring book, they all figure out how to play the cards they were dealt. ( )
  nbmars | Aug 16, 2015 |
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Every Labor Day the Jorgensons – they own Jorgensons’ Ice Cream – set up a little ice cream stand right in their yard, which means you can spend the entire Labor Day picnic making yourself ice cream sundaes if that’s what you want to do, and for years when I wasn’t playing softball or chasing the Jorgenson kids or trying to keep up with my brothers, I’d sit myself at that little booth making one sundae after another until it was time to head home for evening milking, and then a couple miles into the drive I’d bring that whole sundae experience back up, right there on the side of whatever road we happened to make it to.
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