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The Off Season Hardcover – June 4, 2007
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When school starts, D.J. discovers that she is no longer invisible, thanks to the fact that she's the only girl on the football team. However, D.J. doesn't like the attention; she joined the squad to prove to herself that she was unique, not to become public property.
D.J. is thrilled when Brian calls to ask her to ride with him to Minneapolis over the weekend. But she turns him down for Saturday because her brothers play college football. Watching the games with her family is more important than anything else, so she's relieved when Brian suggests a Sunday trip. Their excursion ends with kissing so inflammatory that D.J. suddenly understands how easy it would be to "Do Anything Stupid" (which her mother constantly warns her against).
To her amazement, D.J. learns that the paparazzi are after her story. She doesn't want people accusing her of being a linebacker to get publicity. But maybe those reporters from People won't show up after all...
Meanwhile, kids at school begin hassling D.J.'s best friend Amber because of Amber's girlfriend. Amber starts cutting school, which is a total bummer for D.J. Next, D.J. is benched for "bullying" when she was actually defending a kid from a real bully.Read more ›
But what's really great about DJ is that she's not perfect. She gets angry and resentful and bottles up her feelings and shoves her foot in her mouth and thinks selfish thoughts. In other words she's a real, relatable person. Her family and the supporting characters are all vividly drawn and believable. No one's a villain and no one's perfect, just like real life. These books made me snicker and they made me cry and they made me smile about remembering the feeling of first love.
I really recommend both Dairy Queen and The Off Season and I'm planning to send them to my nieces pronto because DJ's a pretty awesome role model.
This book is just about throwing drama after drama at D. J. and watching her try to react. It's a bit painful, at times, but the ending is still satisfying. Not everything is solved, but you get the feeling life is going to move on. And it does, in the next book, which has a much more satisfactory ending.
Overall, good, especially if you can find an audiobook version. I can't speak for the accuracy of D. J.'s accent in the audio version, but it sure sounded nice!
Because of that I had to lower my rating a half star. I really loved the realization DJ came to by the end if the book and how basically a guy like Brian really doesn't deserve a girl like DJ. But I just have this really bad feeling that he is somehow going to come back in the last book. After what happened in this one, I want her to punch him in the face, but DJ being how she is, I can see her forgiving him for the way he acted. If that happens, fine, she can forgive him but I do not want her back together with him. If they end up together in the end I am going to be so freaking ticked off.
I have never read a character like DJ in all of the hundreds of books that I've read. I love her. I love her innocence. I love her work ethic. I love her gigantic heart and her willingness to sacrifice everything for her family. I love that she is crazy and brave enough to try out and then kill being on the football team with a bunch of high school boys. I love her hard edges, and more, her soft ones. All of these things, and also having such a real and sometimes hilariously comical perspective on everything going on around her. She is strong and she is also vulnerable.
Because of all of these things, I love her. And for all of these things that Brian is NOT, he does not deserve DJ in the least.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Back with DJ and the family, back on the farm and back in the game. Got some development in the romance department and some curveballs to dodge. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Rayball
The Off Season is the second novel in The Dairy Queen trilogy. D.J. and Brian's relationship has blossomed. In fact, they're sort of going out. D.J. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie
2.5 stars. I've gotten sucked into this series because it's addictive. But that isn't always good thing. This second one was much more like a soap opera. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marissa Chamberlain
I love this book. I've read the book before this one and I love the characters and plot of the book. This is the perfect read for any teenage girl.Published 15 months ago by Ciara
What a wonderful series! Written from an honest and authentic view, with prose to match.Published 16 months ago by sally pittam
Great series. It was supposed to be for teens but anyone would love it.Published 18 months ago by Arthur B. Hill
I cannot rave enough about this book. It's clean, it tackles a lot of family issues and what goes on when someone we love is going through a tough time. Page turner for sure!Published 18 months ago by Brett M. Stevens
Im in 9th grade pre-ap English and we have these test called book chats. I usually read books about world war II but i decided to try a new genre and this book is perfect! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lorelei Harsha
DJ Schwenk, girl football player extraordinaire, is back in action in the snappy second book of the Dairy Queen series. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Molly (Conan the Librarian)