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[ Read Online Dairy Queen ê f-m-f PDF ] by Catherine Gilbert Murdock Ì 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 all my reviews are five stars Because I m only reviewing my favorite books not every book I read Consider a novel s presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement I can t believe I just said hearty It sounds like a stew. I like seeing girls play sports in books, but this was really dull and maddening The way the heroine was exploited made me sick to my stomach It probably gets better but it was too repetitive and frustrating for me to finish. When You Don T Talk, There S A Lot Of Stuff That Ends Up Not Getting SaidHarsh 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 SaidStuff Like Why Her Best Friend, Amber, Isn T So Friendly Any Or Why Her Little Brother, Curtis, Never Opens His Mouth Why Her Mom Has Two Jobs And A Big Secret Why Her College Football Star Brothers Won T Even Call Home Why Her Dad Would Go Ballistic If She Tried Out For The High School Football Team Herself And Why Brian Is So, So Out Of Her League When You Don T Talk, There S A Lot Of Stuff That Ends Up Not Getting SaidWelcome To The Summer That Fifteen Year Old D J Schwenk Of Red Bend, Wisconsin, Learns To Talk, And Ends Up Having An Awful Lot Of Stuff To Say 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 this would probably never have got five stars from me, and the fact that it got four stars should not be taken lightly when I m dishing it out in this genre This book has all the elements you could want from a light hearted, teen read a funny, likeable and slightly snarky protagonist, cute boys, some family troubles nothing too heavy, romance, friendships, insecurities and overcoming them this stands out for me amongst others of its kind and I will give it the best compliment I can by saying that if you re a fan of Louise Rennison, E Lockhart and or Stephanie Perkins, I can see no reason why you wouldn t love this. D. J Shwenk is a great character You know why I think she is such a great character Because she does sport and farming two things that interest me about as much as Kim Kardashian s novel and yet she still manages to keep my attention from the very first chapter It takes A LOT to literally make someone laugh out loud while reading, as in, to actually pause and giggle stupidly to oneself and think if Big Brother was watching right now I would be arrested and locked away forever am I paranoid are these weird thoughts Anyway, this novel does this repeatedly and I m glad I didn t read it in public. I put this book off for two reasons, 1 I never thought I would enjoy a book about either sport or farming, never mind both And 2 I ve been busy reading the dark, disturbing, depressing, supernatural and fantasy books, which is all very well but sometimes we need a little bright happiness from our novels This delivers, trust me, this delivers. 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 annoying way But it isn t Not at all And I am kicking myself for not reading this book sooner than now. To start with, D. J is refreshing and a pleasure to read about Author Catherine Gilbert Murdock writes D. J in the Sookie Stackhouse style That is, she just happily rambles about her day, her thoughts and feelings on just about everything in such a friendly, conversational manner that before you know it you are completely hooked Unlike Sookie though, D. J is figuring out her purpose and goals in life Also, this series will not be than a trilogy, so we know her blathering will have a point and eventually lead us to hopefully a satisfying conclusion D. J is every bit the tomboy who lives and works on a dairy farm, is athletic, and much like any boy, is very uncomfortable experiencing and expressing emotions We get to meet her family who are just as tough, strong, sensitive and emotionally unenlightened as D. J is Of course YA covers are misleading, but I still think it s odd for this book to have such a weird, whimsical cover when there really isn t anything weird or whimsical about D. J Dairy Queen is simply one of those books which gets so many things right, it s hard to articulate what makes it so special I love that D. J follows her desires not in an effort to prove a point, or impress someone or rebel She merely attempts to figure out what she wants in life and endeavors to follow her dreams There is a great message in this novel of being true to yourself And did I mention this book is also about football Lots and lots of football oh yeah Murdock does a fantastic job of describing the sport, but it s clear that she really isn t a fan when she mentions D. J s old brother football hero Bill attending Minnesota Yeah, it s cool he s playing for a NCAA team and all, but really Minnesota Just about the worst team in the Big Ten I could understand if the book was based in Minnesota, or Murdock had special ties to that school who knows, maybe she does But Dairy Queen takes place in Wisconsin, which has a perfectly respectable state university and football team of their own A team that is so good, I always have a tight knot of anxiety in my stomach when my beloved Buckeyes play them Ah, well Besides being proud of her brother for attending Minnesota because for fucks sake, they are terrible Dairy Queen is a flawless and enjoyable book It is definitely one I recommend, even for people who are not football fans Really, the sports stuff isn t so overwhelming for those of you who just aren t into it For the rest of us, it s got just enough to make you count down the days till kickoff That is, if you aren t already UPDATE This series rocks Just finished the final installment, Front and Center and loved it Going back to rate each book in this trilogy 5 stars 8 22 11 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 onlook 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 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 down to was that my life sucked It sucked even than it had before Brian showed up, because now I knew it This book, while funny and outwardly mocking in and of itself, was also surprisingly deep, full of values that aren t always put first in a teenager s life D. J s voice is one that, while a little different at first, is one that I think many young girls could relate to Hell, I could relate to it Think about it No, I m not a farmer, and no, I wasn t totally socially awkward ever, but I had trouble finding my voice And not everyone runs into this problem, I know that But, hey, I grew up in the country, and I went to a school where driving your tractor there wouldn t raise eyebrows It was Hick City people The kids were very kind, very well brought up for a public school, so it should come as no shock to you that when my parents ripped me out of that happy and horrible academically wise school away from all my friends just as I was getting my braces and figuring out who I was thanks mom and dad, really , I had trouble finding my place at the elite schools in town I bet you re asking why they pulled me out I ll tell you why in a few words Soccer program as in, ours was nonexistent and I was REALLY GOOD and academics I couldn t go into high school without a better level of academics and not knowing the in town program and it s people and coaches ANYWAY I hate it when people make fun of me and it turns out they re right So, when I started in town at a tiny private school with a totally different grading scale and girls that were far advanced than I in 7th grade, I found that I was standing on the outside of the circle with very little to say besides a literal smile and nod of the head for everything they deemed important Ah, youth I want to incinerate some of those moments But that s my whole point I knew what I wanted to say, and I rarely agreed with what they were going on and on about I had my own opinions, but I was both too shy and too backwards at the time to express themso I just looked wild eyed at them and nodded my head so as to fit in Yeah That worked out great But, again, the point I am just like D. J in this instanceand I think many young girls are, as well How could a guy who was such a jerk, how could he act so nice And that s why I loved this cute little story so much Yeah, the writing was great and the boy was great Brian and it was so so funnybut I fell for D. J She s this girl who thinks so little of herself, yet she s so very strong and smart and determined She has trouble expressing herself, even though she has so much to say And I loved that I loved her voice and her thoughtful sentences and the way she spoke to you as if you were a friend It was a journey of discovering herself and finding out that not everybody is what you d imagine them to be Andmost importantly, this chick tries out for football And then she falls for the rival team s quarterback Be still my star crossed heart I couldn t help wondering if maybe it had something to do with me, like our water fight and all But then I realized that I was totally stupid and there s no way it could ever be about me, not in a million years, not if I was the only girl on the entire planet Now, I know what you re thinking What a weird concept I know, I thought so too But when she decides to try out for football, it actually became my favorite partbecause, you know, she has to play that rival football team MUAHA lol I m weird today Anyway She decides to train Brian all summer after some prompting from a family friend because she trained with her brothers who are now big names in college football What starts out as reluctant training and working together on the farm becomes a highlight of each of their weeks, and something so much The whole book D. J is trying to prove her worth to herself, that she s not just some cow that does what everybody says, and when she finally finds a purpose, playing football for her school s team, it helps her to feel vindicated and strong and worthy of people s admiration I think that s where my admiration came in for herwhat a brave and hilarious thing to do I saw something I wanted to do and I decided to do it The feeling of freedom this gave me I can t even describe it It was my decision I chose it I am not a cow So, you know, despite my earlier trepidation of how this story would be, I got just as many feels from this as any other book Angst, fear, butterflies, sadness, giddiness, family issues, this book had it all Near the end my stomach was in such a big bundle of nerves I almost couldn t sleep And I guess that s my other life lessonyou can t judge a book by it s cover Sometimes you find the best stories with the worst coversit just happens But I m sure I ll continue to make that mistakebut I ll do my best to shake the habit For of my reviews, please visitSurprisingly deep with wonderful valuesI can t wait to read of this series. And, you know Just sayin RTC 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 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 American football if you held a gun to my head, but something about the intensity and excitement with which a bunch of men toss a ball around just gets me all happy So it s pretty amazing that Catherine Gilbert Murdock managed to induce the same excitement in me without visual aids and eye candy. There are just so many reasons to love Dairy Queen I could go on and on all night and still not capture the magic of D. J Schwenk But I m sure as hell gonna try The Schwenks are not what you d call a talkative family They re hardworking and athletically gifted , but verbosity is not one of their talents There s a lot of currents flowing under the still water, but it s not until Brian Nelson swaggers into DJ s life that she really begins to think about where her life is going That summary might give you the impression that luuurve changes our heroine like a butterfly from a chrysalis, or whatever, but that s not how it goes What really, really works for Dairy Queen is how unbelievably real it is DJ has a very distinctive voice She s a hick, through and through, and it comes through very clearly in her words and her attitudes But she s smart and interestingly, she s introspective I love introspective heroines I don t mean the ones who angst endlessly without ever growing up, but the ones who use the incidents in their life to grow and develop as a person Nobody does this better than DJ Schwenk She handles her hard life and it is HARD, believe me with grace and panache Every character in this book could be someone you meet on the street Who says Everyman can t be interesting Murdock takes the concept of perfectly ordinary people leading perfectly ordinary lives and makes you beg for And if that s not talent, I don t know what is The characters in this story are flawed, amazing and interesting, simply for being so relatable There s Brian he could have turned out to be a cardboard cutout handsome jock, but there s to him than that There s the nasty, snobby, spoiled side, with the whining and the unwillingness to take responsibility And there s the admirable, friendly side, with the willingness to apologize and the slowly developing friendship with a girl from a rival school who s not the most attractive, amazing girl on earth The same applies to DJ s father, the cause of so much turmoil in her life, her almost mute brother, her ultra busy mother, the brothers who abandoned her, her mixed up best friend With a few anecdotes here and there, Murdock manages to make these people come alive in all their flawlessly flawed glory And at the heart of it all is DJ Schwenk Big and bold and beautiful, even when she barely realizes it, so very ordinary, and yet extraordinary in her sweetness and her thoughtfulness and her ability and desire to change and think outside the box DJ is a heroine that I might henceforth measure all heroines by take that, you nasty size zero princesses As DJ says herself, although the book might be about football, football is just a metaphor for all the things that change over the course of one summer And yet, I can t deny that I thoroughly, in a very pop movie way, enjoyed the thrashing Red Bend gives Hawley under DJ s direction The scenes are tightly paced and excitingly written and I felt like I was SO ready to go out there and wear a foam finger and cheer my heart out for this little high school football team I ve already made my way through the second book in the series, and I gotta tell you, it only gets better This is coming of age like no coming of age before, romance like no romance before, family drama like no family drama before If you haven t read this book, I would wholeheartedly recommend that you go get it right this minute, because every second you waste thinking about it is a precious second you could be spending getting to know the one, the only, DJ Schwenk
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 average people On the other, even when they try, they usually don t know how Sometimes you can just see that s what the author intended to do, especially in YA, but the characters end up being either too smart or too stupid to live, thus remaining completely unrealistic and two dimensional That is not the case with Catherine Murdock In my opinion, she was successful D. J always does the right thing for herself, but that doesn t mean that she s too smart She s not very pretty or very social, either But Murdock knows how to make you care for her and see her in a completely different light The thing I liked most about D. J is that she never once made me feel frustrated or angry because I always knew that she was doing her best, even when it wasn t enough Stylistically speaking, at first glance, the writing was a little strange I was bothered by it at first, but then I started discovering things about D. J and I realized that it needed to be adapted to the narrator D. J flunked her English class because she was too busy working on the family farm All those awkward sentences kind of like mine, but worse and words that kept repeating again and again made things sound authentic In other words, once I realized that Murdock did it on purpose, and it DID take me a while, I liked it Phew Let me tell you, flirting is never easy, but having any sort of romantic conversation while shoveling cow poop is next to impossible And yet D. J and Brian managed to do it, and it was awkward, adorable and everything else it was supposed to be I loved the two of them together and I loved that the focus wasn t on the romance at all I can t wait to read the next two books 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 dayAnd that s what put me to sleep Thinking about cows or elephant poopsLMAO One day she decides she doesn t want to be a cow any and I mean this in a completely metaphorically way, so chill and that s where the plot becomes really interesting Written in a very candid and genuine manner in the POV of DJ herself as a journal for her English requirement to redeem her flunked grade, the story, I think, is very genuine and the voice of the narrative truly sounded as if it s written by a young farm girl and this is probably what made the entire story simply adorable It s also heartwarming and inspiring As Uncle Walt Whitman once saidSimplicity is the glory of expression 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, Ever, and The Luxe and I am not sure I am up for it any 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 take over the lion s share of work on her family s small dairy farm after her father is injured She is overwhelmed by milking, cleaning out the barn, mowing and haying, with almost no help but her younger brother s In fact she is so overwhelmed, that she doesn t realize that her life at the moment has no direction or point This is pointed to her by a lazy and arrogant Brian, the rival high school s quarterback, who is sent to D. J s farm to help her out, learn work ethics, and get some football training Strangely enough, Brian has something to teach D. J too to look at her life style closer, to do some soul searching, to become a better communicator. I can t say that Dairy Queen is a mind blowing kind of book It s not really edgy or a dark issue book And that s a good thing This is a novel about balancing family responsibilities and personal desires, about what it is to be a good person, and about importance of open communication in a family D. J is a very likable narrator, self deprecating, hard working, honest She, along with the rest of the characters, feels very real and relatable The teen romance is very well done too It is realistic, doesn t overwhelm the story and never becomes cheesy or sappy, which is very important to me I will undoubtedly read the next book in this 3 part series.
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