Finally, after a whirlwind fall filled with the heartache of her first breakup and the challenges of caring for her paralyzed football star brother, DJ Schwenk is back at school and looking forward to blending into the background. Despite her gifted athleticism, DJ shies away from attention and would rather go about her ordinary life, thank you very much. The rest of the world doesn’t seem to agree with her plan, thrusting her often into the spotlight as she navigates the pressures of the college coaches who are all clamoring for her to play for their schools, her struggles with taking on a leadership role on the school basketball team, the two hunky boys who are vying for her attentions, and discovering how to express herself.
Here’s the thing—while most high school juniors would be absolutely flipping over the chance to take a free ride to a big university, DJ can’t decide how she feels or where she wants to go after graduation. Why is all of the attention suddenly on her? Does she even have what it takes to play college ball? More importantly, does she want to? Hardworking,
no-nonsense DJ soon finds out that fading into the background isn’t an option for her anymore. Front and center, she finds out how to become the person she was always meant to be. Readers will be very happy with this solid and satisfying conclusion to the Dairy Queen series. 276 pages.
Recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian.