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 like substantive due process and prescriptive easements for 3-4 hours a night, this is the type of audiobook to listen to on the way there and back. Honestly, my heart was so warmed up by the time I got there every night that I could handle it with no complaints. And the narrator had a pretty good (not perfect)Wisconsin accent. It made me miss my friends from the midwest a ton. (Especially you, Maureen-who-only-occasionally-signs-on-goodreads-and-who-I-promise-to-call-back-soon!) It also made me miss my NCCC days, where we worked hard, worked out a lot, and sweat a ton. I miss going out to do something where I could see visible results and feel good after the fact. I miss working outside and I was (dare I say it) jealous of the farm work DJ had to do.
Anyway, this book is adorable. DJ is adorable. And I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a realistic YA book.