Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen 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

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 any Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth.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 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 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.

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  1. 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 was quite the experience, because it s hard to tell a flock of vicious crows from a field of very active static this might be why I still can t stand horror movies, to this day.My sister Liz, who is now a Very Famous Writer with a large stack of books, was my primary companion, even though she was extremely cautious she wouldn t even try to jump off the garage roof, which involved crouching right at the edge for ten minutes working up your nerve, and then checking each time you landed to see if you d broken anything and she learned early on that losing at games was easier in the long run than putting up with me losing Now, of course, she travels all over the world collecting stories and diseases, while I stay at home scowling over paint chips, and losing on purpose to my kids So the cycle continues Read an New York Times article by Catherine and Liz People sometimes ask if I played football in high school no I ran cross country and track, badly, but I have absolutely no skill whatsoever with ball or team sports Plus my high school didn t even have a football team Instead, I was part of the art clique taking extra art classes, spending my study halls and lunch periods working on my latest still life Please tell me this was not a unique experience I didn t do much writing my sister was the anointed writer but I read my little eyeballs out I was the queen of our library s YA section.In college I studied architectural history The formal name was Growth and Structure of Cities Program, but for me, it was all about buildings I ve always been fascinated with the built environment how spaces fit together, how streets work, how they read And curiously Warning Life Lesson approaching , it s paid off in the oddest ways For example, several of us in our neighborhood recently got quite upset about a enormous building going in across the street, and while everyone agreed that they didn t like the way it looked, I was the one who stood up at public meetings and used words like entablature and cornice line and fenestration all this architectural jargon I d learned back at Bryn Mawr and sounded like I knew what I was talking about And because of that, the building ended up getting redesigned, and in my humble opinion now will look much attractive and appropriate, which is nice because I ll be looking at it for the rest of my life So don t be afraid to study what you love, because you do not know now, and you may not know for twenty years, how amazingly it will pay off But it will Dairy Queen was my first stab at creative writing since high school, not counting several years as a struggling screenwriter which followed several years as a struggling scholar I unabashedly recommend screenwriting for mastering the art of storytelling just don t pin any hopes on seeing your work on the big screen But you ll learn so much in the process that this won t matter I also recommend, you know, living I ve been passionate about food pretty much my whole life first eating it, now preparing and then eating it And so it plays a pretty big role in my writing, and adds so much flavor not literally, of course, but the you can add that s true, whether it s emotion or geography or gardening that s me in the picture above , then the stronger that story is.

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  1. Kat picks up book What the hell is wrong with the cover What were they THINKING Twenty pages in I m reading a book about a dumb hick milking cows Great What the hell was Tatiana thinking, recommending me this book Fifty pages in Hmmm, it s kind of interesting I suppose D.J is funny and cute Brian is alright One hundred pages in Oh I wonder what will happen next This is really sweet I didn t realize American football is so interesting and exhilarating Two hundred pages in No way No bloody way Oh [...]


  2. 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 day And that s what put me to sleep Thinking about cows or elephant poops LMAO 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 ver [...]


  3. 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 l [...]


  4. 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 wou [...]


  5. 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 pointBecause 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 [...]


  6. 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 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 Bu [...]


  7. 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 footb [...]


  8. 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 ave [...]


  9. 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 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 vacationif you can call it a vacation If you have to listen to professors talk about stuff like substan [...]


  10. 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 revie [...]


  11. .why couldn t Murdock just continue to write YA instead of delving into middle grade Sorry, Ms Murdock, I am not saying Wisdom s Kiss was bad but this is SO much better Actually it was pretty great, as soon as I finished it I went online to order the other two books in the series.All because of DJ DJ Schwenk is no Barbie doll She is tall, big, strong and runs her family s farm Despite being in high school, she is overwhelmed by the daily chores required for the normal upkeep of a farm, a burden [...]


  12. If this was a movie or something I d give this awesome speech and everyone would cheer and it would be great But it wasn t a movie it was my life And I don t have much to say in the best of situations Initial Final Page Thoughts.If you need me, I m gonna be in Schwenksville Also this review is brought to you by the letter R for REALHigh Points.This book is re OK, I ll stop that right there DJ Swchenk Brian Summer lovin A girl with ambitions Diversity Cows Pick up trucks Water fights Painting Bro [...]


  13. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is an absolutely awesome book It was laugh out loud funny and truly engaging, but the thing that moves this book into the five star category for me, is the fact that it was down right inspiring D.J Schwenk has become one of my favorite female fictional characters When I picked up this book, I didn t think I d enjoy it too much as I have no clue what it takes to work a farm and no idea how the game of football works this book made me a fan of both I loved [...]


  14. If Dairy Queen taught me anything, it was, first and foremost, that I am a horrible read along buddy Seriously I was only supposed to read five chapters of this today and I wound up reading all twelve chapters until the end, reading in the hallways, through classes, and on the bus ride back home Needless to say, it was a little hard for me to put this book down after a point and even now, I can t get it out of my head Dairy Queen is everything you wish for in a contemporary novel and so much It [...]


  15. I ve been home sick for two days the other week and during that time I read all three books of this series back to back and whenever I m doing something like this I find it hard to come up a with a review for each single book since everything kind of blurs together and I m having trouble distinguishing the different books in my head, so I m just going to do one review for all three books and keep it general.D.J is one of those protagonists you just gotta love She s so likeable and easy to relate [...]


  16. I d seen Dairy Queen and plenty of other Catherine Gilbert Murdock novels come and go at the public library where I work, but I had never read a single one before Honestly, the covers aren t all that appealing I would have totally guessed that this novel was about the dairy princess at a county fair, or something along those lines Instead, it s actually about a quiet yet hard working farm girl who tries out for her rural high school s football team after training a rival football team s player o [...]


  17. What a wonderful book The only fault I found was in myself because I didn t pick up the next one in this charming series while I was at the library I ve already requested the audio CD s Hopefully, I ll do a in depth review for that media format.Glad I needed Wisconsin for my State Challenge.


  18. High red Dairy Queen in high school and I thought it was a fantastic romance book and I thought it was a good play on the author s words and I got sucked into it when I was in high school.


  19. Heart and gut wrenchingly good I just ordered the sequel although still have 14 new books waiting to be read The plot Tomboy D.J Schwenks is 15 going on 16, lives on a dairy farm and does almost all the hard work In fact she is even flunking grades in order to get the barn clean and the cows milked and fed Her father has an injured hip, started doing housework instead of farm work and just loves to complain about his daughter s working style D.J s real passion is American football, but her schoo [...]


  20. I picked this up on a recommendation stating that it was really good and super humorous AndI don t know, maybe it was just me but I struggled through this whole read Sure there were some funny parts but nothing that had me smiling like crazy or even laughing out loud Maybe it was me though and not the writing I think this is just one of those cases where this just wasn t my cup of tea.


  21. 4.5 starsI loved this book so much I read it in one sitting in the bathtub of all places And trust me, I live in student housing in desperate need of renovation so that is by no means a cozy bathtub, but I was so engrossed in this story that I kept reading long after the water got cold.I admit, I grew up on a farm driving tractors ever since I was a little kid so young that I look at my kids and think Were my parents really crazy enough to let me operate machinery when I was that age so I LOVED [...]


  22. Dairy Queen was a book which I picked up at the right time I was in the mood for something a little light hearted and funny and that is exactly what I got from this book I knew straight away I was going to enjoy this book as I found myself powering through the book, I had tons of other review books to get through, but this was the only book which seemed to be occupying my mind.Dairy Queen definitely had an original take on things D.J is responsible for her family s farm, with her dad hurting his [...]


  23. This was a hard review for me I wanted to do D.J justice somehow and explain how much I loved her voice Try to get across how much this book surprised and moved me I m not even going to come close though, but here it goes I will never look at a cow the same way again after reading Dairy Queen On my commute in this morning, I was looking around at all my fellow workers and commuters and I suddenly felt like a cow Herded into the city and then out of the city during rush hour Everyone moving slow [...]


  24. I can t believe how I seriously just loved this book Dairy Queen is one of those books that you wouldn t think twice about just looking at the cover or even reading the summary, well to me anyways But as soon as you read the first few pages you will find your self captivated in D.J s story Farming and Football That has to be the two most unlikely topics I d be interested in, I mean, yeah sure, I like watching football movies but don t know much about the game itself, same with farming, been on a [...]


  25. May 2013 This book is as lovely as I remember I feel goooood.Sept.2012When you read about people loving a book, it s hard not to expect to like it I ve read so many books which people gushed over, but when I read it, I was like, meh Thankfully, Dairy Queen did not disappoint What a lucky day to have found this on a dark corner of a bookstore I was never so entertained as much lately, nor did I read a book quickly It just made me feel good I m sorry it had to end so soon DJ Schwenk, the heroine, [...]


  26. I have a new appreciation for football reading this book I ve found football sorta sexist I mean, have you EVER seen a woman in the NFL Exactly Its like, one of the only sports that there s really not a Woman s league I mean, all women can do in this sport is cheer the men on from the sidelines in little outfits and pom poms I m sorry, but that s just sadI seriously think they need a Woman s League and on the guys cheer on the girls with pom poms and their shirts off I mean, COME ON How cool wou [...]


  27. I cannot board the hype train with this one The voice was too verbose for me, and although the football references did not make me cringe in disgust, the book as a whole never grabbed my interest.D.J Schwenk often worries that she is a cow Bound to a life she has no choice over, forced to repeat the same tasks every day Indeed, this is the case as D.J takes care of her family s farm Her dad suffers from a bad hip, her mom s life is consumed by her job at school, her two older brothers play footb [...]


  28. Ah Il faut que je vous raconte Je viens de vivre le quiproquos le plus ridicule qui soit Je resitue J arrive 95 % du livre, le sourire aux l vres, et moi, en bonne lectrice de chick lit m me si occasionnelle, je connais les r gles, quand m me, j attends mon Happily Ever After Oui parce le livre est vraiment g nial, exceptionnel m me sur certains points j y reviendrai , mais l je me transforme en petite fille capricieuse.Je veux mon Happily Ever After Et l , rien Une tr s belle conclusion, digne [...]


  29. Dairy Queen struck close to home and I loved every second of it Can t believe I haven t read it sooner A perfect old school young adult novel.


  30. I had heard nothing but good reviews for this book, so I went in expecting a lot and I wasn t disappointed Besides I am a little bit of a farm girl myself, so I totally related to D.J I could barely read about bailing and unloading hay without my skin itching The only time I was truly happy to get up before four in the morning was to feed my cute little feeder calf, and the fact that I could go back to sleep afterward helped too.Dairy Queen is the story of D.J Schwenk And let me tell you this gi [...]


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