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Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by JodiG. for TeensReadToo.com

It's the 1970's, and Catherine Grace Cline is stuck in the one place she knows she doesn't belong - her hometown of Ringgold, Georgia. It's a town that just doesn't fit her. It's too small and too quiet. She spends every Saturday eating Dilly Bars at the Dairy Queen and...
It's the 1970's, and Catherine Grace Cline is stuck in the one place she knows she doesn't belong - her hometown of Ringgold, Georgia. It's a town that just doesn't fit her. It's too small and too quiet. She spends every Saturday eating Dilly Bars at the Dairy Queen and plotting her escape.

Catherine Grace is the daughter of a third-generation Baptist minister. Her father leads his flock through the joys and sorrows of their lives, the same way he has led his family through their own troubled times. Catherine Grace is also the daughter of Lena Mae Pierce, and has been haunted by the death of her mother. How could her mother have drowned in the creek and left Catherine Grace and her sister? Why would God let that happen?

The only exciting person Catherine Grace knows is Gloria Jean, who lives next door. Gloria Jean has her hair, nails, and make-up done like no other woman in town. She dresses well and has the sophisticated air of a woman who's been married five times, and isn't ashamed to admit it.

Catherine Grace soon finds that she has the chance to change her world. The chance she has dreamed of. She says goodbye to her family, friends, and her boyfriend and moves to Atlanta, where she lives the life she knew she was destined for.

But it isn't long before tragedy strikes and Catherine returns home again to find that nothing is as she thought. A series of revelations leads Catherine Grace to wonder if Ringgold was the place where she really belonged all along, or is she throwing away her dreams like so many other people in her life have done?

LOOKING FOR SALVATION AT THE DAIRY QUEEN is a very endearing story. Susan Gregg Gilmore writes in a way that immediately brings Catherine Grace to life and gives her a clear, unique voice. The story is surprising and suspenseful; it keeps you turning the pages until you get to the satisfying end.

posted by TeensReadToo on May 27, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

More than Ice Cream

Charming and easy read. Ending not quite where I wanted it to be - too much foreshadowing mid-to-end so pretty much knew what was coming. Not as moving or touching as author wanted it to be but glad I read it.

posted by MrsCFL on February 20, 2010

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

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    Good Book!

    Funny! I don't normally laugh out loud, but this book did it! Catherine Grace's humor was phenomenal.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Great Read

    This is a great story of forgiveness. I loved the scripture in the story, (from a child and teen's perspective), it made me laugh.

    "Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen" is about everyday life, everyday people and human nature. Really enjoyed the characters and the twists at the end made it even better. This is a very light read, a little fluffy maybe but a nice story. Sit down with a Dilly Bar and enjoy!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

    Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen

    I was attracted to it by the cover. It was a lot different type of book than I usually read. It was funny, it was sad. It was good.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    Unexpected Twist

    This book was a great read with a few twists that keep you reading for more. The first half sets up the story and the second half brings it home. A great summer read for sitting on the deck, on the beach, or just about anywhere.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Quick read told by a teen girl.

    I enjoyed this book and look forward to more of this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    So happy to have read this book

    This book was a wonderful read. This book made you cry, smile and want to read on.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    It's a charming book with just the right balance of being touchi

    It's a charming book with just the right balance of being touching and humorous. The characters are lovable and entirely believable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Was a good read.

    I liked this book it was a good read. Hope others enjiy too.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Good story

    Narrative was in the style of "The Help". You could easily visualize the characters and picture the little town. This is an easy read and a great tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Delightful

    This is a good, solid story line that goes by way too quickly and leaves you wanting more. I didn't expect the twists and turns in the last few chapters and I was concerned as to how it would all wrap up since the plot twist happened so close to the end of the book, but everything did work out in the end. You can see the characters in your mind as plain as day and you can imagine sitting down with them over a cup of coffee; you become that involved in their lives throughout the book. It's a nice read with a good message.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2008

    Power of Sisterhood

    Enter the world of Catherine Grace Cline -- a girl who would like nothing better than to get out of Ringgold, Georgia. And when she does her life changes dramatically in unexpected ways. Although at first I found it hard to get into this book, once I did I couldn't stop reading it until I found out what happens. A totally delightful southern novel by a promising writer. The power of womens' friendships and the need to support each other no matter what comes shining through.

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