Review of Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy


Review: I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book, but I am so happy I did pick it up. I have heard some really great reviews, but nothing really on what this book was about. But the plot is easy to pick up and run with, because the writing is so good. Almost as if this is your own story that you are telling in your head.

The best part of this book other than the felling good about who you are as a person and with your body type, is the characters. I have not read and fallen into insta friendship/ love wit any characters as I have with Willowdean. She is like any other normal girl at her age who has hiccups with best friends and boys, along with a distant mother who wants to fix her. As I read this book, I felt everything Willowdean was going through, so much so I was ready to trash talked to her ( as it happened in the book). It’s a bit hard for me to describe her because she is so passionate and brave , but at the same time ( if and when you read the book) she will say she is nothing at all like that. Because to Willowdean, she doesn’t like new people, she doesn’t want to change who she is for a boy ( or for anyone else for that matter) and she doesn’t really care what anyone thinks of her.

The worst part of the book to me, was the ending. I like for a story to be all done and nothing left to wonder about. But for Dumplin, There were only a few small things that were left unsaid, but it doesn’t take away from the book/plot at all. I’m just me and want to know everything sometimes.

5 out of 5 stars.

384 pages. ARC. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction.

Published by Balzer + Bray.

Summary: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

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