Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

dumplinTitle: Dumplin’
Author: Julie Murphy
Publication Date: September 15th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: ★★★★
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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.

To say that I could totally relate to this book is definitely an understatement. Will and I definitely had things in common and she definitely spoke to my soul.

This wonderful book tells the story of Willowdean- Will, for short- a quirky teenager with a big body and a big heart. She and her bestfriend Ellen has been inseparable, until Will starts to work at a local fastfood and meets Bo, whom she likes. Apparently Bo likes her back and she’s surprised to discover thoughts and feelings she’s never experienced before and starts to doubt herself.

This book was definitely one of the best ones I’ve read this year. Not to mention this was actually my first Julie Murphy novel so I didn’t know what to expect.

“Good friendships are durable. They’re meant to survive the gaps and the growing pains.”

The characters were definitely easy to relate to. They made reading the book more enjoyable. Will is like a soulmate. We have things in common, but mostly we’re both fat. We’re both comfortable with our bodies, until things turn pretty awkward or bad. In my case, I haven’t had someone actually admitting to liking me so I don’t know how that actually goes. Haha! I love Will’s personality and her flaws made me love her even more. She’s really smart, funny and confident. She’s never limited herself with opportunities and expresses herself truly.

Bo was really likeable. He’s pretty adorable and definitely swoonworthy! Although I do admit that sometimes he’s confusing but most of the time he’s very charming. He appeared somewhat mysterious at first which is interesting.

“Sometimes the perfection we perceive in others is made up of a whole bunch of tiny imperfections.”

The other characters were interesting as well. They weren’t written flat which totally rocks! I adored Millie and the others. I love how they weren’t just written for comic relief but they had a vital role for the story.

The writing style was excellent. It was very easy to get into the book. The plot was interesting and all-out exciting. It’s also diverse and it tackles self-esteem issues which was presented in an excellent way. It’s definitely a must read.


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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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