Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Front and Center

Front and Center
By Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Houghton Mifflin, 2009. 256 pgs. Young Adult

D.J. just wants to blend back into the background; she doesn’t want to be the center of attention anymore. This is proving hard to do though as colleges start noticing her basketball abilities and as a boy in school is flirting with her in front of everyone. As the pressure mounts for her to pick a college and her heart tells her to talk to Brian, D.J. is feeling more and more out of sorts.

Fans of the Dairy Queen series will want to read this latest book about D.J. It’s been a while since I have read the last one, but it felt good to be reading about D.J.’s problems again in her realistic teen voice.


1 comment:

ALC said...

I am a big fan of Catherine Murdock and her two previous books in this series: Dairy Queen and The Off Season. Her central character, D.J. Schwenk, is one of the most realistic, bumbling, confused, and funny teen voices in young adult fiction today. I also wished I could have read this book quickly after reading the first two. D.J. must continue to deal with her best friends' revealed lesbianism. She has to deal with hurting people and living up to other people's expectations. A great novel about coming of age - yet probably not my favorite of the three.