Sixteen-year-old D.J. sees herself as a cow doing whatever anyone tells her to do and taking on a huge burden of running the family farm during the summer when her father becomes ill. All the cows are named after different football players and true to form-the entire family is solidly hooked on football. As a strange turn of events had D.J. coaching the rival high school team’s quarterback, she learns just how much football means to her and takes a stab at being on the team.
Not your typical after-school special, there is a lot of life lessons subtly weaved throughout this novel. The moderate pace matches the drudgery of work involved on a dairy farm and through the metamorphosis of growth D.J. undertakes. The setting is integral to the feel of the book. 2006, 275 pages.