Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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."
First of all….don’t let the name of this book keep you from picking it up. After you read the book you will understand how it got its name. I absolutely love the main character, D.J. Schwenk. She is extremely independent, athletic, strong, and believes anything a boy can do, she can do too! So when Brian Nelson, a handsome jock from the neighboring town, comes to work at her house for the summer, things get complicated!! Dairy Queen is the first of three books and I loved them all. Throughout the series, D.J. learns to cope with a lot of issues, including love. I am from the Midwest, so I appreciate D.J.’s work ethic, small town living, and family life. I also admire a girl who has a mind of her own and can depend on herself and not others. D.J. is a great role model for any girl in middle or high school. This is a great series!