I wanted to profile Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock first because it's a realistic contemporary sports romance (sort of) for young adult girls. The sport is different, but that genre describes my WIP as well.
When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.
(Isn't that a great synopsis? I wonder if it's what Catherine used in her query letter or if it came later??)Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people. But, D. J. can’t help admitting, maybe he’s right.
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.
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.
I read this book last summer when I was doing research on comps for my WIP. I really liked DJ Schwenk. She's not your "typical" YA protagonist. She helps her family business, she works hard, she's not stick thin, and she loves football. She busts the stereotypes. I also love this interview of Catherine talking about writing DQ.
I haven't read the two sequels yet, but they're on my list. If you've read Dairy Queen, I'd love to know what you thought.
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