Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
First off, let me say, I don't like football. Not at all. Not even a little bit. So I was very surprised that I liked this book. There is quite a lot of football talk in Dairy Queen. It's actually the only thing that DJ's family seems to talk about. No one talks about the important issues and lately DJ feels like a cow (not fat, just that she's always following the herd). So when DJ tries out for the boys football team, she's not only asserting herself as a strong female, she's also forcing her family, her friends, and the town to talk about important issues. I really liked the character of DJ's little brother - he's quiet and has a weird collection of animal skulls. Brian, the rival team's football star and DJ's new friend, seems like most of the jocks I've known, except with slightly more potential (only slightly though). All in all, this was an easy fun read and I'll definitely pick up the sequel, The Off Season.