Karen's: Front and Center by Catherin Gilbert Murdock
I chose Front and Center by Catherin Gilbert Murdock as my most enjoyable read in February. It's the last book of a series though so you might want to read the first two books, Dairy Queen and The Off Season before reading this one. It could stand alone though, but you would miss the background. Here's my review of it:
Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is a refreshing coming of age story about D.J., a high school girl who lives on a Dairy farm. This is the third book of the series and deals with D.J. starting her junior year of high school on the girls basketball team. She discovers that she is no longer in the background but rather has become popular and isn’t quite sure she likes all the attention because of all the pressure she feels to be what everyone else wants her to be. She has a new boyfriend but still longs to be with her ex-boyfriend and must decide who she really wants most. Then there’s the pressure of looking into colleges to get a college scholarship for basketball. She feels like she’d rather just play for a Division I school with less pressure but knows everyone would feel let down if she did. It has a good ending too!
I liked this whole series and especially this last book because there was quite a bit about basketball and what goes through the players’ minds as they play. D.J. is a normal, somewhat Tom boyish teen girl who tries to do what’s right. It gives good insight into the pressures that teens face but without being vulgar or depressing. I recommend this series to anyone who likes books about teens coming of age.
Gerard's: Show Dog by Josh Dean
If you love dogs, declaring this a "must read" is a no-brainer. I hated to see it end, LOVED IT!
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