Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy ( andimjulie ) Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This book releases on September 15th 2015
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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
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.
Ugh. Ive just finished this book and I am not sure that I will ever be able to accurately describe how much I completely loved it.
This book spoke to me on so many levels. I have wanted a book with positive and accurate plus size representation for as long as I can remember. The insecurities that Willowdean felt are so accurate that it felt like I was reading about my high school self. The struggles that she faced with her body and the new found dislike is something that many girls go through. This book is so important for HS girls who are struggling to find where they fit. I wish that I could have read this when I was much younger.
I loved both of the boys in this book… obviously I loved Bo a little more because I cant resist a boy with cherry stained lips.. like that just sounds delicious (inner fat kid talking) Mitch was also such a nice guy, I do wish that his character had been developed a little more though. But I never felt that this book was about her romance with either of those boys, I felt that this book was a romance with herself. I love how the author never focuses directly on the love triangle. Its very clear that this book is about more than teenage love. It is about learning to love yourself and learning that you are deserving of love from others. As I was reading this book, I found myself getting teary eyed over the most ridiculous stuff. I dont think Ive ever cried over Dolly Parton and Drag Queens so much in one day (okay thats a lie, I cry over both daily) but the thing that sticks out to me is Willow’s relationship with Lucy. I feel that Lucy was the only person who allowed Willow to feel completely at ease and thats why their bond was so strong, even with Ellen Willow felt insecure. I hope everyone has a Lucy.
This book also made me feel super thankful for my mother, who never once made me feel insecure with my body. She has always loved me for who I am and made sure to make me feel beautiful (which I am, have you seen me?) She never once commented on my weight or tried to force diets on me. I will forever be thankful to her for my high self-esteem. Willows relationship with her mother hurt me so much, but I loved seeing the growth between them at the end.