The Off Season

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Heartwarming tale starring sporty teen girl.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

Situations that test friendships, social standing, and a family are portrayed with honesty and integrity.


A football player is injured after taking a hit during a game.


A teen couple makes out; a lesbian couple is caught in bed, but were only actually sleeping. A mother is upset her daughter "can't keep her hands off" her boyfriend and fears she will get pregnant. A teen couple is accused of fooling around when one stays out all night.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens and adults drink alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is discussion of girls being lesbians, underage drinking, and dealing with a disability. There is also some teen kissing and romance.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byfkojic October 16, 2016

Super Good!!

This book is best for kids 13 years of age and up, it is a very good book.
Teen, 14 years old Written bybookwormmusic December 10, 2015

What's the story?

D.J. Schwenk started off having a pretty good year. She and her best friend Amber were talking again, she was spending more quality time with Brian, and she was playing some great football for Red Bend High School's varsity squad. When a heap of trouble heads her way D.J. finds strength and courage to face some of the toughest things she and her family have ever gone through.

Is it any good?

In this follow-up to the popular Dairy Queen, Catherine Murdock really captures the essence of what it means to be a teen girl. A 6' tall girl linebacker, D.J's pretty unusual alright, but she is also honest, funny, hardworking, loyal, and so personable that every girl can find a little bit of themselves in her. The characters are a lovable bunch and readers will quickly fall in love with the whole Schwenk family.

Murdock's storytelling ability brings something really fresh and cool to the teen school genre. There's angst, but there is also strength that transcends many of the difficult situations.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of being a leader and a true friend. What personal strengths did each character portray? What weakness did they show? What strengths or weaknesses do you identify with or see in yourself?

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