Writer's Book Club

DAIRY QUEEN by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Join the Writer’s Book Club in discussing DAIRY QUEEN by Catherine Gilbert Murdock! No membership or prior involvement required—jump in whenever you want! Discussions are open indefinitely.

To keep from spoiling the book for those who haven’t read it yet, I’ll post the discussion questions in the comments of this post. If you have read the book, click on “Comments” to respond with your thoughts. If you haven’t read it, then what are you waiting for?? Go out and get it!

Our next book club meeting will be on May 1st to discuss LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld—the club’s first venture into steampunk!

Remember to be respectful of everyone, and the WBC should run smoothly. Let the discussion begin!

And Happy Easter to all of you!

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6 thoughts on “DAIRY QUEEN by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

  1. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

    1. Murdock tried hard to write the way a girl like D.J. would actually talk. Some sentences are long and rambling, with run-ons or grammar mistakes. Sometimes she makes up words like “annoyinger.” An example of a great line: “Which there was, but I think what she thought I wasn’t telling her was different from what I wasn’t telling her actually.” Very confusing, but so perfect for D.J’s voice. What did you think of the writing style? Did you find it distracting or realistic or something else entirely?

    2. I also liked the twist at the end—this whole story was written for her English teacher, Mrs. Stolze. Did you see that coming? Do you approve of it as a writing technique? Is it a realistic way to explain the story?

    3. One of my favorite themes in the book: people often do what they’re supposed to without questioning it (thus, D.J. trying out for football so she wouldn’t be a “cow”). What other themes did you notice, and which is your favorite?

    4. I automatically rooted for D.J. because I used to be a farm girl, too, and I love strong female characters who can compete with guys. But I wonder how other people (especially guys) view D.J. and her story. Was it difficult to relate to her?

    5. What was your favorite aspect of the book? What do you think Murdock could’ve improved?

  2. Themes from your books always coincide with other things that I am reading. This is from FROM FEAR TO LOVE by Henri J.M. Nouwen – a Lenten Booklet.

    DO I REALLY BELIEVE THAT I AM LOVED FIRST, INDEPENDENT OF WHAT I DO OR WHAT I ACCOMPLISH? THIS IS AN IMPORTANT QUESTION BECAUSE AS LONG AS I THINK THAT WHAT I MOST NEED I HAVE TO EARN, DESERVE AND COLLECT BY HARD WORK, I WILL NEVER GET WHAT I MOST NEED AND DESIRE, WHICH IS A LOVE THAT CANNOT BE EARNED, BUT THAT IS FREELY GIVEN. THUS, MY RETURN IS MY WILLINGNESS TO RENOUNCE SUCH THOUGHTS AND TO CHOOSE TO LIVE MORE AND MORE FROM MY TRUE IDENTITY AS A CHERISHED CHILD OF GOD.

  3. Hi everybody…I am reading this book for my summer reading assignment, but I’m not really getting into it. I’m trying really hard to understand the theme or moral lesson, but I don’t know…can someone please tell me what the theme and moral lesson of Dairy Queen is?

    • LOL, is this for HS English? That never was my strong suit . . . I didn’t like English until I got OUT of HS. 😀

      Anytime you’re trying to discover the theme of a book, try looking at how the character changes throughout the story. How is D.J. different at the end? I’ll give you a hint: it’s related to Brian. 😀

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