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Preview — The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
The Off Season (Dairy Queen #2)
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 lineback...more
I swear, this series just keeps getting better and better. The Off Season is an incredible follow-up to Dairy Queen and if I wasn't impressed by Murdock's first novel, she's definitely made a fan out of me now. I loved this one! It was realistic, strong, and moved me beyond words. It was a much more gut-wrenching read this time around and I felt like giving D.J. a hug on so many counts. If Dairy Queen is the steady climb to a better life, of realizing the flaws in life and com ...more
The Off Season was a massive step up from Dairy Queen. I was a big fan of the first book Dairy Queen, but here Murdock just managed to take it a whole another notch, she had me bawling my eyes out every other page, had me snort laughing and shattered my heart into a million pieces.
After a topsy turvy couple of months, D.J. finally seems to be enjoying life, she’s l ...more
Picking up essentially where we left off, D.J. has passed sophomore English and is good to go with football. The team is totally psyched to have her. Unfortunately, not all that far into things, a certain situation at school puts that all in jeopardy. Add to it a physical considerati ...more
D.J. Schwenk is truly a hug-worthy and all-around awe-inspiring character. Her self-less acts and sincere motives had me applauding her efforts and truly moved at the sacrifices she made for her family and those she loved. Regardless of the hard hits she took, D.J. proved to be a fighter and came out winning in the end IMO.
About the book… D.J. Schwenk is having a great Junior year. She's ...more
I'd heard that if I enjoyed Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series, or at least the first book -- which also features a girl who plays football on a high school boys' team -- I'd probably enjoy this one even more. So, while perusing my library's website for my next listen -- for some reason I can't bring myself to finish Ruby Circle...*cries* why is it over? -- I saw that all three audi ...more
But as we know, D.J.’s life has been anything but easy. She injures her shoulder during practice and has to decide between continuing playin ...more
Things aren't going to well for D.J lately. With the lack of money coming in the farm, D.J has to make a decision that will break her heart. Even though things are looking up for her and her best friend Amber, some other things are falling apart. Now, D.J has to struggle and find a way to over come tragic times for her family and find the stre ...more
In this book, DJ is awesome again. She was so strong and inspiring the way she dealt with what happened to her older brother. I could really relate to the situation as my brother suffered a serious spinal injury aswell. I felt it was dealt with realistically and definitely brought back alot ...more
It's well written, it's funny, at times it's heartbreaking and at other times it just a plain old page-turner.
Murdock takes some risks with the second book in the series, ...more
My love for D.J Schwenk goes on and on and on and this sequel to The Dairy Queen was one awesome awesome read!
On this one, things get a bit out of hand for our mini-heroine. She suffered a not so good injury that she decided to stop playing football but instead go back to her true sport which is basketball. Then things with Brian are also getting off plus her brother Win also suffered this devastating injury. For such a young age D.J has been throug ...more
DJ takes on a great deal of responisibility when one of her older brother's has a devastating injury and she finds strength in herself she wasn't expecting.
I really love the ...more
I just didn't enjoy this book as much as I did Dairy Queen, okay? And it's not because of that heartbreaking ending, I swear. I pretty much understand why it had to end like that. Off Season was heavier about issues, and I had to postpone finishing this a couple of times. My life wasn't exactly happy, and to read Off Season was like adding more to my burdens.
Many of the positive aspects of the first book were still true of this one. D.J. is still an awesome and relatable character, the relationship between D.J. and her family is still interesting, and D.J. still has amazing chemistry with Brian Nelson. The relationship between D.J. and Brian was handled beautifully. The issues t ...more
I was not disappointed. At all.
D.J is a real person. Okay, a real fictitious person. She could be you. Or me. Her ...more
I closed this book feeling a bit like I'd been hit by a freight train. How was it even possible that 277 pages contained SO MUCH?
To be honest for a moment it lost a bit of its realism with me, because it felt like there were too many bad things happening at once. Which I realized was a really unfair assessment when I took a moment to think about it. I myself had a year in my life, where so many things happened, that I didn't think that I could possibly process anything else.
I think the ...more
How come that one (and only) abrupt kiss got me hot and bothered? Maybe because it came out of nowhere and D.J. needed it to be oh, so good? Haha! Man, I love D.J. Schwenk. I want to be friends with this girl! D.J. is still funny, and sweet, but the biggest change is this: She's actually speaking up and standing up for herself for good. No more taking crap from Brian (jerk!) and her family.
The Off Season is still a short read like Dairy Queen but I didn't find the ...more
The Off Season picks up from where we left off. DJ's successfully integrated into the Red Bend football team, re-established her friendship with Amber, secretly (kinda) dating Brian ...more
Again with the awesome-sauce-ness! LOVE IT!
June 25-26, 2012
I really love this book (and audiobook)! Like I said below, I love that while on the surface, the book is about sports (and in this case, sports injuries), but that it has a definite deeper message about not giving up and being yourself and communication, etc. Even though you might not play sports (especially not football), and getting into and paying for college might not have been a concern you shared, you can still r ...more
The Off Season is the second book of the Dairy Queen series and I continued to love it.
This is a series which you can't really compare to anything else, mainly because it's a different sort of contemporary. From the blurbs of the first book, you'd think this is a romance series, but you'd be surprised to realise it goes beyond that: it's about a girl trying her best.
D.J. continues to be one of the best female leads in YA (in my opinion) and I love how she always has this optimism going, even wh ...more