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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,578 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdock Narrator: Natalie Moore Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dairy Queen Trilogy Release Date:
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After five months of sheer absolute craziness I was going back to being plain old background D.J. In photographs of course I’m always in the background—it’s a family joke, actually, that us Schwenk kids could go to school naked on picture day, we’re all so crazy tall. But I mean I was returning to the background of life. Where no one would really notice me or talk about me or even talk to me much except to say things like “Nice shot,” and I could just hang out without too many worries at all.

But it turns out other folks have big plans for D.J. Like her coach. College scouts. All the town hoops fans. A certain Red Bend High School junior who’s keen for romance and karaoke. Not to mention Brian Nelson, who she should not be thinking about! Who she is done with, thank you very much. But who keeps showing up anyway . . .

What’s going to happen if she lets these people down? What’s going to happen when she does? Because let’s face it: there’s no way, on the court or off, that awkward, tongue-tied D.J. Schwenk can manage all this attention. No way at all. Not without a brain transplant. Not without breaking her heart. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Courtney | 2/11/2014

    " I fell in love with the character of D.J. in Murdock's first book, Dairy Queen, and my love has not abated over the course of the trilogy. This is a great, strong ending for a character that has continued to grow and evolve, yet remain faithful to herself over the course of three books. D.J. is in basketball season, her best sport, and she is feeling pressure to commit to a school. Her brother, Win, is still in the hospital and she once again realizes that the immense pressure he is putting on her is not only necessary (she needs to start researching schools and talking to coaches) but also therapy for him as his interest forces him to push his rehabilitation further. She's dating a friend, Beaner, who is sweet and funny and the opposite of quiet, D.J., and while she likes being with him she can't stop thinking of Brian, who keeps popping back in her life saying he's changed. While everyone says she's good enough to play Division I, D.J. keeps thinking that, while she loves basketball, she also likes to disappear in the background and the crowds and pressure of Division I doesn't fit who she is. And she thought playing football was a lot of pressure!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dominika | 2/11/2014

    " D.J., you finally got a grip of yourself and it didn't seem rushed. I love you once again;) And I have tears in my eyes (that might be just my hormones, but it doesn't matter - if so, you got my hormones dancing;) ) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Daisy | 2/6/2014

    " Great! Love how DJ's family came together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dlora | 2/2/2014

    " I hate it when I read a book I've borrowed that turns out to be so good because then I want to own it. This series by Catherine Gilbert Murdock are ones I want to have on my bookshelf so I can loan them to my daughters and sisters and friends. They are uplifting and funny and great stories. In this last book, D.J. is trying to decide where she should go to college. Coming from a poor family who are trying just to hang on to their dairy farm, she realizes the only way she can go to college is to get a basketball scholarship, but can she overcome her natural background-type personality to be the star-quality basketball player that colleges will want to pick up? She certaily has the ball talent, but does she have the leadership ability? And does she really want the pressure that comes from being that kind of a ballplayer? Her struggles to decide if she is good enough for a Division 1 ball team parallels her struggles to decide if she dares risk her heart pursuing a boyfriend that she feels is out of her league. Great humor, great characters, great insights--really well-written story and series. "

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