It has not been the best of years for D. J. Schwenk, and the summer before junior year doesn't look like it's going to be any better. For one she's not speaking to her older brothers, star football players Win and Bill, her younger bother Curtis doesn't speak much at all and, since her Dad bust his hip months ago, D.J. has been pretty much doing everything at the family's Dairy Farm, which means she never has time for herself.
And then, Brian Nelson came along. The same Brian Nelson who plays QB for D.J.'s school's most bitter rival, Brian who was supposed to help at the farm but who quit the very first day after not doing much at all. Eventually he comes back and, after first thinking she would hate him forever - for all Brian was and represented not to mention the rivalry between D.J.'s school Red Bend and Brian's school Hawley - D. J. finds that he's actually the only person she can really talk to. And so, an uneasy friendship starts.
I must say that, for me, the book started a bit slow, but I had heard a lot of good stuff about it so I stuck to it, and I wasn't disappointed. The book progressed slowly as did D.J. and Brian's friendship in a way that was believable and true. D.J.'s voice is wise without her even noticing, which is nice.
In the end, it left me with a smile and I can't wait to read the sequel The Off Season