Life is looking up for D.J. Schwenk. She's in eleventh grade, finally. After a rocky summer, she's reconnecting in a big way with her best friend, Amber. She's got kind of a thing going with Brian Nelson, who's cute and popular and smart but seems to like her anyway. And then there's the fact she's starting for the Red Bend High School football team--the first girl linebacker in northern Wisconsin, probably.
Which just shows you can't predict the future. When something tragic happens, a season that once looked so promising, is suddenly thrown way off course and D.J. realizes her life will never be the same.
This hilarious, heartbreaking and triumphant sequel to the critically acclaimed Dairy Queen takes D.J. and all the Schwenks from Labor Day to a Thanksgiving football game that you will never forget.
The Off Season is a terrific sequual to Dairy Queen. It continues through D.J.'s junior year with the drama and hardships of being a Shwenk & growing up on the Shwenk farm & the drama and excitements of her personal life.
Better than the first
I read "Dairy Queen" in one sitting. I downloaded "The Off Season" to my ipod and listened to it straight through while working this evening. It is better than the original--more powerful and fluid. Murdock truly hits stride with this book, moving from an examination of D.J. to more of an examination of the Schwenk family as a whole, and how they grapple with tragedy and difficulties.
Absolutely addicting series. A wonderful read. (or listen...)
Actually, the audiobook was wonderful. The narrator slips on a delicate 'Sconnie accent to bring you right to Red Bend, Wisconsin with the Schwenks. As a member of the 'Sconnie nation myself (who does not possess the requisite 'Sconnie accent), it's strong enough to remind you that you're not in Kansas anymore, but not so overwhelming that it sounds like outtakes from the movie "Fargo."