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The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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Mar 29, 10

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Read in March, 2010

Following up the charming Dairy Queen, The Off Season follows Wisconsin milk farmer and football linebacker D.J. Schwank in her junior year of high school. The book begins where Dairy Queen left off–D.J. is kicking butt for the varsity football team, her flirty friendship with rival quarterback Brian Nelson continues on its upswing and her family life on the farm seems to be going well. But when things get tough (and they do, they really go) D.J. has to reevaluate everything and struggle to once again prove herself to be one of the realistically strong and charismatic characters around.

I flew through this book in a day or two and thoroughly enjoyed every page. The thing that I loved about The Off Season (and Dairy Queen) is that the characters are so well written and flawed. I recommend this (and Dairy Queen) to YA and adult readers open to YA who want a heartfelt slice of realistic fiction that is guaranteed to induce a few tears.

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