I’m sure that Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s Dairy Queen is a great book to read, but the audiobook version has been so much fun to listen to so far, that I recommend giving it a listen before giving it a read. Natalie Moore, a Minnesota native (with the accent to back it up), provides the voice for the story’s narrator and main character, D.J. Schwenk, a teenage girl who must take care of her parent’s dairy farm while her father recovers from a leg injury. After tending the farm for the summer and training her rival school’s quarterback, D.J. decides to try out for her high school’s football team without realizing how her family and closest friends will react.
Tomboys and wallflowers alike will relate to D.J.’s insecurities when it comes to her family, friends and boys. Murdock gives her teenage narrator an authentic voice and personality that should resonate with most teenage girls, even if they don’t understand what it’s like to wake up before dawn to milk the cows and clean the barn.