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Magan: Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (facebook | website) Publication Date: May 22, 2006 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Pages: 275 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: girl playing on male football team, milk farm, sports and training Format Read: Audiobook purchased from Audible.com Narrated by: Natalie Moore Summary: D.J. isn’t the smartest girl there ever was, […]

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September 25, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Rebecca - I heard about this series from Lori too and was interested enough to add it to my TBR but now I’m definitely sold. It sounds like a great first book and I hope the series is just as good for you! I’ve never listened to an audiobook right through (I normally only make it through a few minutes at the most) but I might look into Dairy Queen’s but also have the book on hand in case it doesn’t pan out well. Great review, Magan 🙂

September 25, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I agree that D.J. isn’t necessarily book smart, but I think she’s still intelligent. She also just doesn’t prioritize the educational system because she has so many other things on her plate, I think. I enjoyed this trilogy a lot more than I thought I would and I hope you continue to enjoy it as you listen to the second and third installments! I don’t really listen to audiobooks, but I can imagine this one working well via the audio format.

September 25, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Ellice Y - Yay, I enjoyed Dairy Queen too! I read it for my Young Adult Lit class a couple of years ago. I didn’t realize that it was a series either until recently. Your review of the audiobooks makes me want to get the next 2 and listen to them on my commute to and from work every day! Great review! It made me remember how much I liked this book!

September 25, 2013 - 11:48 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m so glad you liked this audiobook. I loved it, too. Like you said, Natalie Moore was spot on getting the character of DJ, and I think I laughed more listening to the audio than I would have reading the book.

September 25, 2013 - 11:27 am

Bonnie - So many of my blogger friends have read this series and loved it but I haven’t been able to get past the fact that it’s basically about farming and sports. lol Seems like such a strange combination but I really think I should give it a try, seems like one of those surprisingly good ones you never would have expected. And it’s funny too? I’ve heard this on audio is a must so I’ll be checking out my library, definitely. Great review, so glad you enjoyed it too!

September 25, 2013 - 9:23 am

Lori - I’m so, so happy that you enjoyed this! D.J. is one of my favorite characters ever. You’re so right, the audio is spot on! I could listen to them again and again.

I hope you love the rest of them just as much. Catherine Gilbert Murdock just released a spin off too. Curtis is in it, I think.

Magan: Hooked by Liz Fichera

Hooked by Liz Fichera ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 31, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 368 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Gender and Racial Discrimination, Golf, Bullying Format read: ARC received via NetGalley Summary: When Fredricka (Fred) is recruited to play golf for the men’s varsity team at her high school, team member Seth is […]

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May 26, 2014 - 9:00 am

Played by Liz Fichera (YA Book Review) - […] companion novels! I didn’t read HOOKED (Magan read + reviewed it last year) so it was nice to start fresh in a new story with a few references to Fred and […]

February 3, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 2/3/2013 - […] A review of Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols A review of Scarlet by Marisa Meyer A review of Hooked by Liz Fichera A review of Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa […]

January 31, 2013 - 3:33 am

Kristen Evey - I literally laughed out loud when I read the keywords for this book. For some reason golf sandwiched between racial/gender discrimination and bullying struck me as hilarious.

Aside from that, I don’t think I’ll be reading this one. I can’t stand it when characters don’t stand up for themselves. I can handle a little of that, but if they don’t learn by the end to grow a backbone and do something, I just get really, really irritated. I wish the author had done more with this story too. So much potential for awesome! Great review Magan!

January 30, 2013 - 4:51 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Oh when I saw “golf” of all things in the key words I was excited! Something a little different, you know? But now it sounds like I would end up throwing this book across the room. And that would damage either the book or my kindle, so it’s probably best I just stay away!

January 29, 2013 - 7:56 pm

VeganYANerds - Oh no :/ I do not do well with drama-filled books that continually let the MCs get taken advantage of over and over again. I have this for review but I’m a bit worried that I won’t feel much for it, either. Great review!

January 29, 2013 - 6:18 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Honestly, I’ve seen so many negative reviews of this one already, that I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up. Characters are oh-so critical for me, and it seems like both main characters don’t have any backbone at all. I want to feel the characters and their emotion, especially because this book is centered on the romance. I have the feeling that the romance falls pretty flat, since the characters are flat as well. Even with the uniqueness of being a Native American, I think I’ll have to pass on this one.

Fabulous review Magan! <3

January 29, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Magan - Bookworm — I definitely agree with your point about the hesitation to get the coach involved. Totally. I just wish that at some point, one of them would have taken a stand before it went as far as it did. It was so, so much to deal with. I did enjoy the book, but I didn’t LOVE it like I had hoped.

January 29, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Magan - Alexa — it’s definitely super interesting. Lots going on and I think there are definitely some good takeaways from it! I hope you enjoy!

January 29, 2013 - 10:21 am

Alexa Y. - I’m highly intrigued by this book, especially since it has such a large study of contrasts. The differences between the main characters are definitely something to think about – I’m curious to see how it plays out in this story.

January 29, 2013 - 9:20 am

Bookworm1858 - I really enjoyed this book but I didn’t even think about how passive the characters are. I do understand why Fred didn’t want to involve her coach though-lots of times kids are reluctant to bring in the adults under the assumption that that just makes the bullies sneakier and more aggressive.