The main reason I fell in love with this book was D.J. and her unique narrative voice. She's resilient, tough, and responsible, but like many teenagers she also struggles with issues of self-confidence and self-identity. I found her to be highly relatable despite the fact that I've never struggled with lack of communication or being shouldered with too much responsibility. This is not a book with cardboard cutout, two-dimensional characters. Everyone had their admirable qualities and their flaws. The relationship between D.J. and her family was particularly well written, as was her relationship with Brian Nelson. The two of them had amazing chemistry, and the issues they faced seemed very real. Murdock does a great job of both creating and developing her characters and the relationships between them.
Even though football and farming, two subjects I've never been interested in, are featured quite a bit, I still enjoyed this book. In fact, Murdock was able to take these unappealing subjects and make them interesting. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who likes YA fiction.