Friday, July 1, 2011

Dairy Queen Series by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Check out this awesome trilogy by author Catherine Gilbert Murdock.  These books are actually older releases, but I found them by browsing through BN.com for my Nook.  I am so glad that I took a chance and downloaded this series.  So here's a special 3 book review....



When you don't talk, there's a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Harsh 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 said. Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn't so friendly anymore. 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 said. Welcome 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. - Goodreads.com


This book series was one I found accidentally just by having a bored night and doing some lengthy browsing through the Nook store.  I thought the covers looked cute, the stories pretty much the same, and so I downloaded them.  I love finding older books that I never new about and having them defy my expectations!  These books certainly did, because while they were everything I was expecting, they also turned out to be a lot more.

Catherine Gilbert Murdock has created an interesting, sweet, funny, and heart-warming series of books, and characters that I absolutely fell in love with.  D.J. doesn't talk, that much is true.  It's easier just to go along with what her family needs.  She works tirelessly on the family farm to keep them all afloat, because her dad was injured and can't do it, and no one else seems inclined to take charge.  She doesn't complain, and never really thinks about what she'd rather be doing.  A selfless heroine... and yet, when Brian is introduced into her life, even though he's annoying and arrogant at first, he challenges her slowly but surely to start looking at her life.

Over the course of three books, things change....D.J changes, and it was so entertaining to watch.  Some of the things she handles as a young teen are amazing.  I found myself thinking that I would hate to be in her shoes and having to take on and/or face the types of things that she handles so well.  She doesn't think of herself as smart.  Quite the opposite in fact.  Whether she is or isn't doesn't matter though.  There is so much more to her than whether or not she's smart, or whether she's a dairy farmer's daughter, or whether or not she can play football.  This is the kind of protagonist that you wish was real because you'd like to be friends with her.

I had never heard of this author previously, but based on what I've read here, I'm definitely going to go looking for some more of Ms. Murdock's work.  This series was so worth the time, and I'm so glad I found it.


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