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Dairy Queen (Dairy Queen #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  24,702 Ratings  ·  2,441 Reviews
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.
Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published June 4th 2007 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (first published May 22nd 2006)
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Katie They end up having a "thing", where they both like each other and they both know it but they don't officially date in the first book. You get bits and…moreThey end up having a "thing", where they both like each other and they both know it but they don't officially date in the first book. You get bits and pieces about why the family split between Bill and Win and the rest of the family. Bill does come back for a day at the end of the book.(less)

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Kat Kennedy
Jun 07, 2010 Kat Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young adults and people of the female variety
Recommended to Kat Kennedy by: Tatiana
*Kat picks up book*

"What the hell is wrong with the cover? What were they THINKING?

*Twenty pages in*

"I'm reading a book about a dumb hick milking cows? Great! What the hell was Tatiana thinking, recommending me this book!"

*Fifty pages in*

"Hmmm, it's kind of interesting I suppose. D.J. is funny and cute... Brian is alright."

*One hundred pages in*

"Oh! I wonder what will happen next! This is really sweet! I didn't realize American football is so interesting and exhilarating!"

*Two hundred pages in*

Aj the Ravenous Reader
A very cute story about a 15 turning 16 year old girl named DJ who has only ever known life in her dad’s farm. She’s responsible, does what everyone expects of her, obedient and hardworking. Not much different from the cows she milks every day.

“And that’s what put me to sleep. Thinking about cows or elephant poops.” (LMAO!)

One day she decides she doesn’t want to be a cow anymore (and I mean this in a completely metaphorically way, so chill!)^^ and that’s where the plot becomes really interesti
Apr 27, 2010 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those looking for a light realistic YA story
Recommended to Tatiana by: ala
Shelves: ya, chick-lit, 2010
After being burned MANY times by crap YA books, I made a decision to only read those that at some point earned critical recognition (if I judged books by GR reviewer's ratings, I suspect I would have to work my way through nonsense like Hush, Hush, Evermore, and The Luxe and I am not sure I am up for it any more). Dairy Queen made it to ALA's list of best YA books in 2007, so I decided to give it a try in spite of the awful cover and title. I was not disappointed.

15-year-old D.J. is forced to ta
Emily May
May 30, 2011 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When I finally found a spare two minutes to sit down and start reading this book, I suddenly ended up drawn in for a couple of hours discovering that Dairy Queen is just as ridiculously funny, silly, and heartwarming as everyone had told me it was. And strangely inspirational too - I love anyone who dares to break the mold, especially young females who challenge gender stereotypes and go their own way.

I will admit that I am not the biggest fan of chick lit novels, so I should warn you that thi
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)

That's one advantage to not talking. After a while people stop talking back.

I swear, I swear to you....I am not a snob. Really!! Swear!! But come on...look at this cover. It's a cow. In a tiara. With a blue sky in the background and named after a restaurant I love. What's a girl to think when she sees this? Oh well, guess it's a moot point...

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Because this book was fabulous. (okay, I was guna use that GIF anyway because duh, friends, but it just worked out so well ;) )

Basically what it came
Dairy Queen has got to be the best book hidden behind the worst cover/title ever. This isn’t a book I would have given a second glance at if it weren’t for so many Goodreads friends raving over it. Even looking past the cover, the synopsis here doesn’t sound great. One special summer in which our young protagonist, D.J. Schwenk spends time with a guy who is “out of her league”, figures out some family issues and goes out for the boys football team? This has the potential to be quirky in an oh-so ...more
Back in the good old days when Net Galley was a bountiful god instead of the clutch-fisted miser it is becoming, I used to go wild requesting every galley I could find. One of the books I requested was a novel about a girl who plays baseball on a boy's team. I never did read more than fifty pages of that one - it was pretty dry, but it did make me a little apprehensive about reading sports-related stories. Which is weird because I LOVE sports-related movies. I couldn't tell you the rules of Amer ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Jul 14, 2011 Maja (The Nocturnal Library) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Maja (The Nocturnal Library) by: Limonessa
I never thought I’d have fun reading about a belching contest of all things, but that’s exactly what happened. Murdock’s Dairy Queen is just the kind of YA I can truly enjoy: loads of fun on the surface, yet if you remember to look a little deeper, for the most part it’s not funny at all.

I noticed a long time ago that authors often have problems with creating characters that are quite average. On one side, most of them don’t even want to because they’re convinced that nobody likes to read about
DJ Schwenk is a teenage girl growing up on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin. Her family suffers from a lack of communication and the departure of her two older brothers, along with her father's hip surgery, have put even more strain on DJ. Her workload at school is overwhelming when she adds in all the work she has to do to keep the family farm running. Dairy Queen chronicles a few weeks of her summer vacation...if you can call it a vacation.

If you have to listen to professors talk about stuff l
May 30, 2011 Limonessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit, favorites
....why couldn't Murdock just continue to write YA instead of delving into middle grade? Sorry, Ms. Murdock, I am not saying Wisdom's Kiss was bad but this is SO much better. Actually it was pretty great, as soon as I finished it I went online to order the other two books in the series.

All because of DJ.
DJ Schwenk is no Barbie doll. She is tall, big, strong and runs her family's farm. Despite being in high school, she is overwhelmed by the daily chores required for the normal upkeep of a farm,
Maggie Stiefvater
I debated for a long time whether I wanted to put this one in my five star section, because I didn't think the ending was as strong as I thought it could have been. But ultimately, the insanely true voice (by turns very funny and very touching) and nice working of common themes through the book (saying this is a realistic YA novel about cows and football is at once the truest and least true thing you could every say) makes me give this five stars.

Definitely just -- great voice.

***wondering why
“If this was a movie or something I’d give this awesome speech and everyone would cheer and it would be great. But it wasn’t a movie-it was my life. And I don’t have much to say in the best of situations.”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
If you need me, I’m gonna be in Schwenksville. Also… this review is brought to you by the letter ‘R’… for REAL

High Points.
This book is re-… OK, I’ll stop that right there. DJ Swchenk. Brian. Summer lovin’. A girl with ambitions. Diversity. Cows. Pick-up trucks. Wat
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is an absolutely awesome book. It was laugh out loud funny and truly engaging, but the thing that moves this book into the five-star category for me, is the fact that it was down-right inspiring. D.J. Schwenk has become one of my favorite female fictional characters. When I picked up this book, I didn’t think I’d enjoy it too much as I have no clue what it takes to work a farm and no idea how the game of football works… this book made me a fan of both.

Apr 08, 2012 Keertana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Dairy Queen taught me anything, it was, first and foremost, that I am a horrible read-along buddy. Seriously. I was only supposed to read five chapters of this today and I wound up reading all twelve chapters until the end, reading in the hallways, through classes, and on the bus ride back home. Needless to say, it was a little hard for me to put this book down after a point and even now, I can't get it out of my head. Dairy Queen is everything you wish for in a contemporary novel and so much ...more
I’ve been home sick for two days the other week and during that time I read all three books of this series back to back and whenever I’m doing something like this I find it hard to come up a with a review for each single book since everything kind of blurs together and I’m having trouble distinguishing the different books in my head, so I’m just going to do one review for all three books and keep it general.

D.J. is one of those protagonists you just gotta love! She’s so likeable and easy to rela
Lauren Stoolfire
I'd seen Dairy Queen and plenty of other Catherine Gilbert Murdock novels come and go at the public library where I work, but I had never read a single one before. Honestly, the covers aren't all that appealing - I would have totally guessed that this novel was about the dairy princess at a county fair, or something along those lines. Instead, it's actually about a quiet yet hard-working farm girl who tries out for her rural high school's football team after training a rival football team's play ...more
Lisa Kay
★★★★★ What a wonderful book! The only fault I found was in myself – because I didn’t pick up the next one in this charming series while I was at the library! I’ve already requested the audio CD’s. Hopefully, I’ll do a more in-depth review for that media format.

Glad I needed Wisconsin for my State Challenge.

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Heart- and gut-wrenchingly good. I just ordered the sequel although still have 14 new books waiting to be read. The plot: Tomboy D.J. Schwenks is 15 going on 16, lives on a dairy farm and does almost all the hard work. In fact she is even flunking grades in order to get the barn clean and the cows milked and fed. Her father has an injured hip, started doing housework instead of farm work and just loves to complain about his daughter's working style. D.J.'s real passion is American football, but ...more
4.5 stars

I loved this book so much I read it in one sitting in the bathtub of all places. And trust me, I live in student housing in desperate need of renovation so that is by no means a cozy bathtub, but I was so engrossed in this story that I kept reading long after the water got cold.

I admit, I grew up on a farm driving tractors ever since I was a little kid (so young that I look at my kids and think Were my parents really crazy enough to let me operate machinery when I was that age???) so I
Mar 11, 2011 Jasprit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012, ya
Dairy Queen was a book which I picked up at the right time; I was in the mood for something a little light -hearted and funny and that is exactly what I got from this book. I knew straight away I was going to enjoy this book as I found myself powering through the book, I had tons of other review books to get through, but this was the only book which seemed to be occupying my mind.

Dairy Queen definitely had an original take on things; D.J is responsible for her family’s farm, with her dad hurting
Aug 26, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a hard review for me. I wanted to do D.J. justice somehow and explain how much I loved her voice. Try to get across how much this book surprised and moved me. I’m not even going to come close though, but here it goes…

I will never look at a cow the same way again after reading Dairy Queen! :) On my commute in this morning, I was looking around at all my fellow workers and commuters and I suddenly felt like a cow. Herded into the city and then out of the city during rush hour. Everyone mo
I can't believe how I seriously just loved this book!!!

Dairy Queen is one of those books that you wouldn't think twice about just looking at the cover or even reading the summary, well to me anyways. But as soon as you read the first few pages you will find your self captivated in D.J's story!
Farming and Football? That has to be the two most unlikely topics I'd be interested in, I mean, yeah sure, I like watching football movies but don't know much about the game itself, same with farming, been
Sep 11, 2012 Ceecee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all young adults, and adults young at heart
Recommended to Ceecee by: people who were surprised they liked this book
May 2013 This book is as lovely as I remember. I feel goooood.

Sept.2012When you read about people loving a book, it's hard not to expect to like it. I've read so many books which people gushed over, but when I read it, I was like, meh. Thankfully, Dairy Queen did not disappoint. What a lucky day to have found this on a dark corner of a bookstore. I was never so entertained as much lately, nor did I read a book more quickly. It just made me feel good. I'm sorry it had to end so soon.

DJ Schwenk,
Emily Farrar
Feb 03, 2009 Emily Farrar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a new appreciation for football reading this book.
I've found football sorta sexist... I mean, have you EVER seen a woman in the NFL? Exactly. Its like, one of the only sports that there's really not a Woman's league. I mean, all women can do in this sport is cheer the men on from the sidelines in little outfits and pom-poms... I'm sorry, but that's just sad...
I seriously think they need a Woman's League and on the guys cheer on the girls with pom-poms and their shirts off... I mean, COME
I cannot board the hype train with this one. The voice was too verbose for me, and although the football references did not make me cringe in disgust, the book as a whole never grabbed my interest.

D.J. Schwenk often worries that she is a cow. Bound to a life she has no choice over, forced to repeat the same tasks every day. Indeed, this is the case as D.J. takes care of her family's farm. Her dad suffers from a bad hip, her mom's life is consumed by her job at school, her two older brothers play
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
Ah! Il faut que je vous raconte! Je viens de vivre le quiproquos le plus ridicule qui soit.

Je resitue : J'arrive à 95 % du livre, le sourire aux lèvres, et moi, en bonne lectrice de chick-lit - même si occasionnelle, je connais les règles, quand même, j'attends mon Happily Ever After. Oui parce le livre est vraiment génial, exceptionnel même sur certains points (j'y reviendrai), mais là je me transforme en petite fille capricieuse.

Je veux mon Happily Ever After!

Et là, rien. Une très belle conc
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Dairy Queen struck close to home and I loved every second of it. Can't believe I haven't read it sooner. A perfect old-school young adult novel.
Sep 06, 2008 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had heard nothing but good reviews for this book, so I went in expecting a lot and I wasn’t disappointed. Besides I am a little bit of a farm girl myself, so I totally related to D.J. I could barely read about bailing and unloading hay without my skin itching!! The only time I was truly happy to get up before four in the morning was to feed my cute little feeder calf, and the fact that I could go back to sleep afterward helped too.

Dairy Queen is the story of D.J. Schwenk. And let me tell you t
Jun 28, 2011 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic
This book should go down in history as the worst cover and title combo in history of ever. Geez, it's pretty awful.
They could have called it failure to communicate or when we don't talk or something.... ANYTHING other than Dairy Queen with that damn cow with a freaking crown!!!!

So, I never would have read this had it not been for goodreads. I have seen lots of very good and promising reviews on this one, so when the book fell in my lap I tried to go into with an open mind.

I'm glad I did. It wa
Love Love Love! I was in a bit of reading rut before this and it has made me feel all better. It was such a wonderful written story. It had a great mix of humour and heart.

Even though the story is about DJ, I was a tiny bit worried I wouldn't get alot of stuff as I know nothing about American football (and now I know it is very different from Australian football) or dairy farms but it is one of those books that it doesn't matter. Catherine Gilbert Murdock describes them in such a way that it is
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I grew up in small-town Connecticut, on a tiny farm with honeybees, two adventurous goats, and a mess of Christmas trees. My sister claims we didn’t have a television, but we did, sometimes – only it was ancient, received exactly two channels, and had to be turned off after 45 minutes to cool down or else the screen would go all fuzzy. Watching (or rather, “watching”) Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds ...more
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“When you don't talk, there's a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.” 1740 likes
“But it turns out that even if I don’t talk a lot, when it’s something that matters I still have a lot to say.” 38 likes
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