D.J. is back and as strong, responsible, and courageous as ever. The Off Season does deal with some serious issues -- financial strain, spinal cord injury, homosexuality, life-changing decisions -- but handles them with wit and humor. The Schwenk family is somewhat dysfunctional and non-communicative, but very caring underneath it all. Kissing and making out occur, and language is mild (g-dd-mmit). Underage drinking takes place on several occasions. A character is kicked out of her home when her mother discovers her homosexuality, though the reconciliation process begins at the end of the story. The bond between siblings is central to the storyline, and even though they don't always know how to talk to one another, they know how to support one another when needed. Much of the story revolves around spinal cord injury, rehabilitation for such, and adjusting to life with a physical handicap. Fans of this series will look forward to the next book, Front and Center.