Julie Murphy
For fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell comes this powerful novel with the most fearless heroine—self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson—from Julie Murphy, the acclaimed author of Side Effects May Vary. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean 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 Teen Blue Bonnet 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.


Reviewed: 2016-05-31
Although "Dumplin'" was a fluffy, light-hearted read it did have a good message about accepting your own body. Willowdean is overweight and, despite all the teasing at school, she is comfortable with who she is, although not overly confident. In fact I was expecting her to be a sassiest character than she was. She is not perfect and tends to judge others, especially when she is upset or angry. However, I did find I could relate to her. I also liked the other misfits in this book - Millie, Hannah and Amanda who all decide to register for the pageant with Will. I felt the romance let this book down. The connection between Will and Bo never felt real and I didn't like the way she led Mitch on. Overall, an okay book but I expected more.
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