Audio Review: Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Dairy Queen
Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

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.

My Thoughts

I have been wanting to read this book for years, but never got around to it.  When I read a positive review about the audiobook, I thought that would be the perfect way for me to finally read this book.  And let me say, I am so glad that I did.

D.J. is such a likable character.  She is by no means perfect, but she is someone with whom I would love to be friends.  What I liked most about D.J., though, is that she gets done what has to get done, and she doesn’t complain.  At the start of summer, D.J. certainly has a lot to complain about, but she doesn’t.  I also really liked that D.J. didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.  I really respect that, even in fictional characters.  🙂

Okay, so there is a lot of football talk in Dairy Queen, and if you are like me, you haven’t the tiniest clue about football.  I am not really a sports fan, despite the rest of my family’s love of anything sports related.  Don’t even get my started on S.U. Basketball!  It’s like the only thing my family can talk about.  But despite my dislike of sports, I really enjoyed this story, football talk and all.  I loved how much D.J. knew about football, and her ultimate decision about the Red Bend High School football team.

Reading about D.J.’s family was awesome.  All the characters were so well-developed, and three-dimentional.  I was particularly interested in Curtis.  Oh my gosh, would I love to get to know him.  I also enjoyed reading about living on a farm.  Although, after watching 15 minutes of Food, Inc. I can’t help wonder if there are farmers like D.J.’s family left.

And since this is a review of the audiobook, I have to talk about the amazing narrator, Natalie Moore.  Oh my gosh, she was fantastic.  She spoke with this mid-western accent, and I loved it!  Moore also was able to create different voices for different characters.  She did a really fantastic job.

If you are in the mood for an awesome, contemporary YA read, Dairy Queen is for you.  And if you like football, Dairy Queen is definitely for you.  And if you couldn’t care less about football – well, Dairy Queen still is for you!

10 Responses to “Audio Review: Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock”

  1. Candice

    Totally should check out the audio of this one! I’ve been wanting to read it as well but just haven’t gotten around to it!

    • Quinn

      Days are not long enough, right? I think weeks should be 8 days, and the 8th day could be completely devoted to reading. That would be wonderful.

      The audio is really good, though! Check it out, if you get the chance.

    • Quinn

      I definitely don’t like football (or any sport for that matter) but I really enjoyed this book. DJ was a very cool person. She is someone I would love to be my BFF.

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