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Front and Center

(Dairy Queen #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  8,015 ratings  ·  747 reviews
After five months of sheer absolute craziness I was going back to being plain old background D.J. In photographs of course I'm always in the background—it's a family joke, actually, that us Schwenk kids could go to school naked on picture day, we're all so crazy tall. But I mean I was returning to the background of life. Where no one would really notice me or talk about me ...more
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Published February 9th 2010 by Listening Library (first published October 19th 2009)
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
“Being front and center sucks.”

Do I relate so much with D.J! Because that is exactly my thought most of the time. I never wanted to be the center of attention except maybe when I was five. Like D.J., I’m happiest and most comfortable when I’m at the background blending in right along with everybody else but life doesn’t give us what we want most of the time.

Like I said on the first two books of this series, the story and every character in it are so relatable, they felt like family. I have be
Wendy Darling
So sad it's all over! What I wouldn't give to read DJ Schwenk: The College Years.
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
So. Flippin'. Adorable. Perfect. I will come back to this series again and again...D.J.'s voice and Brian's quest to win her back truly warmed my heart. I can't wait to write a review on this lovely book.

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(It was totally one of these types of books)

Review to come.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I just want to say, before I start this review, that if you plan to read this series, or just one book from this series, on a read-along...DON'T. I kid you not, but the Dairy Queen Series is THE WORST book you could pick for a read-along because you just cannot. Stop. Reading. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE! I know because I've tried...for THREE BOOKS! It's HOPELESS! *throws hands up and stalks away*

Anyway, that being said, this is also one of those series you just HAVE to read because it is
Apr 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I thought it was appropriate to begin this way because D.J. Schwenk deserves a whole cheering squad for being who she is. I don't think D.J. realizes it herself but she is probably envied by her peers. She doesn't think so but let's just look at her:
1.She is tall (I'm kind of short so yeah this counts)
2.Can play sports and is so good she rumbles on the guy's team
3.Gets attention from cute boys (Brain and Beaner)
4.and did I mention all arou
D.J. Schwenk is the exact opposite of most YA protagonists. That's right, she's got a brain. Also? She won't let any boy mistreat her, no matter how ridiculously good looking they might be. She's a little shy but will speak up when she has something worthwhile to say, which, honestly, is more often than she gives herself credit for--like I said, the girl has brains. She's so easy to relate to, on several levels, you can't help but root her on.

The Dairy Queen series is up there on my list of fav
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
I want to make clear from the start that despite having rated all three books in this series with 4 stars, I really think the series as a whole deserves 5 stars.

I haven't written a review for the second installment and I won't write a review about this last book either.
I'd rather tell you why the whole trilogy is great and you should go start reading it right now.

DJ Schwenk is just about one of the best characters in YA lit I have had the fortune to encounter lately. Written in the form a sort
If you have already read Dairy Queen and The Off Season then you pretty much know what to expect from this one ~ another fantastic journey to Schwenk farm as we follow DJ in her junior year. This wasn't my favorite of the series, simply because this final installment didn't have a plot line that was worthy of being a stand alone book. Rather, Front and Center was a conclusion to the first two as we see DJ on the path to becoming a woman who isn't afraid to be, well... front and center ;)

That bei
Liz* Fashionably Late
An amazing MC for an inspiring YA series.

I really liked Front and Center as a warm and refreshing coming of age story. Catherine Gilbert Murdock is an exceptional writer who gave us the perfect ending for this trilogy with real characters and real problems. DJ's relationship with her parents and brothers seemed a little bittersweet to me. She had to manage with all the pressure and expectations. She realized how strong and brave she was, how talented she truly was even when it was so hard for h
Sniff. I had tears in my eyes when I read the last chapter. But they were tears caused by the warmth of the story. I was perfectly happy with the conclusion and I think, that this might have been the last of the D.J.-Schwenks-books.
But am am convinced that Mrs. Murdock will just create a brand-new heroine as likable and real as D.J. And I am sure I will be among the first to place a pre-order.
One more thing I have to say is, that I do not think the cover particularly fitting. It does not show t
Actual Rating: 3.49 stars

I feel like I have to preface this review by saying I liked this book because I fear my review is going to come across more negative than my star rating suggests. I did enjoy reading it, and I got through it pretty quickly (partly, because it's very short) but it was a disappointment when compared to the first two.

The strongest aspect of this book for me was D.J.'s relationships with Beaner and Brian Nelson, her on-again/off-again ex-boyfriend. I felt like D.J.'s struggl
Front and Center is the third installment of the Dairy Queen series and IMO... by far the best one of a great storyline. I really did love all three books, but this third book did such a great job of bringing the storyline to a close and showing how just about all of the main characters grew and developed from beginning to end. D.J. Schwenk is at the top of my list of fave female fictional characters. Her modesty, work ethic and humor really shine through as she tells her story; and from the fir ...more
Sara ♥
I think I'm extra emotional lately (thank you pregnancy!) because I seriously want to cry thinking about how sweet and fulfilling this book was to me!

This series has been really interesting for me because while sports are all right, I'm not THAT into them, you know? I like them more than my husband... (This isn't saying much, if you know him. He thinks they're utterly pointless...) I've been watching curling during the Olympics, and I will watch parts of March Madness if I feel like it, but stil
Front and Center is the last D.J book, and I got to say, I'm so sad to see this series go. I would love to see more book about this extraordinary girl and her family but I am quite content with the ending. It was perfect.
I have to applaud Catherine Murdock here, she did a fantastic job of giving us such wonderful, wonderful characters. Her plots are very believable and heartfelt and her writing really pieces everything together of how I see it in my mind. Amazing!
These books are so much more the
Ilsa Bick
Having adored DAIRY QUEEN and really liked THE OFF SEASON, I was all set to enjoy this book. D.J.'s voice comes through loud and clear, but the problem with this book is two-fold.
One is the same problem I found with THE OFF SEASON--why have a sequel to a book that ended very well? As it turned out, enough character growth and plot twists abound in that book to make it a worthwhile read. (Again, though, it wasn't a necessary book.)
I had a feeling that THIS book was written only because there was
Erin DuBrock
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a perfect ending to the trilogy. Although, I would love to know what happens to D.J. and Brian, Win and his physical therapist and what happens with the farm, I am completely content with the way that this summed it all up.

I can relate to this book so much on the athletic aspect, that is was so refreshing to read a book that could verbalize all the feelings that high school athletes face. And it was even more surprising reading a little bit about the author and knowing that she wasn't a
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, ya, 5-star
The final book in the 'Dairy Queen' trilogy is a great ending to the story.
I really like DJ's voice, her thoughts and feelings are well-crafted and her behavior is consistent throughout the series. Even though she is somewhat lacking in confidence, she still manages to stand up for herself when she feels the need enough.
She also comes to understand her personal relationships better and see things from other viewpoints. Most of all, she takes the time to figure out exactly what she does or doesn
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
I have been on a contemporary kick recently. The fact that I discovered some very awesome books in the genre helped a lot too. The reason I picked up The Dairy Queen was simply because I read Princess Ben by the same author and found it to be personable and relatable. I loved the way she developed her characters and told the story. So I decided to take a risk and read The Dairy Queen.

I was not disappointed. At all.

D.J is a real person. Okay, a real fictitious person. She could be you. Or me. Her
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I can't believe how long I waited to read this. Since 2007. 2007!! That's two years people! Plus some months. So obviously I was excited that I FINALLY got to read it.

Quick Overview: DJ is actually happy to be going back to school. She's ready to play some basketball and have everything go back to normal. How they were before. Before Brian, before being on the football team and before Win's accident. She finds out pretty quickly though that it just ain't gonna happen. Decisions have to be made
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I listened to all three books back-to-back over the last few days, so I'm just going to review them together.

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
Steph Su
After a lengthy detour into Win’s physical recovery, I very happily return to a D.J.-centered novel…and am far from disappointed. Indeed, I am utterly in love with FRONT AND CENTER. It is a perfectly written and sweet conclusion that won’t leave D.J. devotees disappointed.

It is a sign of great talent that an author can write a protagonist who is rather severely flawed in her thinking and self-concept, and yet is utterly lovable. D.J. has such low confidence in herself that you just want to beat
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Monica by: kari
Shelves: 2011-challenge, own
I love, love, love this series and I am sad to see it end. I love DJ Schwenk and the whole Schwenk family. These books really touched my heart.
DJ faced so many challenges in The Off Season that a small part of me was hoping for an easy ride and a fluffy romance, but that just wouldn't be true to the series so I am glad I didn't get what my inner-romantic-sap wanted. DJ has to struggle to heal from an injury and earn the grades she needs to get a college basketball scholarship and to choose a whi
Incredible! Catherine Gilbert Murdock is a fanatastic storyteller. I'm so sad to see this series end. I 'm going to miss the amazing characters. They made me laugh and they also made me want to give them a big hug. DJ especially. She is one of my all time favourite characters. I like the way she dealt with her fears and started believing in herself. I feel the final book wrapped things up nicely. It definitely left me smiling. This is a series that you should not miss!
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five stars: Another fantastic, funny, realistic book with an unforgettable heroine.

DJ Schwenk is finally headed back to school after spending the last few weeks assisting her brother, Wynn, after he suffered a rehabilitating football injury. She is nervous to go back to school, but quickly realizes that perhaps she is better liked than she thought. The cheerleaders even decorated her locker! DJ is quickly thrown back into the swing of things as basketball season is starting. It's time for DJ to
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murdock never fails to make me smile, ponder, and laugh. I know DJ must exist out there somewhere. I know, I know she is a character in a book but she could truly be a teenage girl that is real in my mind. I think that Murdock does a great job in getting into how teenager girls really think. I see far too often that some authors make the teenagers think more mature then most teenagers really are. And don't get me started on how authors make angst, frustrating characters because they are just tha ...more
I’m a big, big fan of the two previous books about high school junior D.J. Schwenk, and this third (and final) book about her does not disappoint. D.J.’s voice is as wonderful as ever, and her family is as caring as can be despite the fact that no one is a talker. At the start of the book, D.J. is headed back to school, just in time for basketball season, after an extended leave of absence caring for her older brother after his spinal cord injury. After making headlines and even a spread in Peop ...more
Watermelon Daisy
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

I've hung around with the Dairy Queen series for about a year, and I love it. D.J. never ceases to be the best female character I've ever come across in YA.

She's independent, knows little about romance, and realistic. She can't sing, fails at school subjects, but has enough determination to get herself through life.

The author is particularly amazing for making her a likeable yet flawed character. Her flaws never annoyed me (D.J.'s) which is saying something.

This is the third book to a series,
Corinne Edwards
Front and Center is the third and final book in a trilogy, so I highly recommend reading Dairy Queen and The Off Season first.

That being said, this is such a fantastic wrap up to what has been a fantastically enjoyable series. D. J. is back in school and ready to play her favorite sport: basketball. And as much as D.J. would prefer to blend in the background instead of having to, you know, talk to people or especially ever be in the limelight, things are taken out of her hands a bit. And suddenl
I'm very happy with how this trilogy ended and kind of sad that it's over. I listened to the audiobook versions of the first two and really enjoyed the voice of both the narrator and the main character, D.J. Schwenk. For this book D.J. is back at playing basketball (after her stint on the boy's football team). Because of her shyness she hesitates at first to pursue opportunities for playing Division 1 basketball at some big universities, but everyone expects it from her and her family is pushing ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story of a girl who doesn't know her value. D.J. Schwenk is what many girls aspire to be: athletic without losing all the girly appeal, smart enough so as not to have it be a burden or intimidating, and slightly clueless about her own skills and appeal so as not to be vain. Front and Center (book 3), is certainly a great addition to the ongoing saga of D.J. In this story, her family continues to recover from her brother's football accident which has left him paralyzed (see book 2) and D. ...more
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