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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Dumplin'
by Julie Murphy
HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062327185
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • A book that has Dolly Parton and drag queens, how can you not love it
  • A beautiful and real coming of age story
  • Will has sass and such inner strength that you love her from the very first line.  
  • Fat girl doesn't have to diet to get the man - its about fucking time people!
  • As a former fat girl (and lets face it, I will always be a fat girl) I applaud the authors understanding that we are just as beautiful as anyone else
  • The last couple of chapters were utterly beautiful and funny and just plain perfection
  • The varied characters are all so wonderfully flawed and real and the relationships so shockingly honest. 
  • Delightfully awkward situations and hilarious dialogue
  • Did I mention the girl doesn't try to change to make herself more socially acceptable - aka lose weight
  • May this book leap into the lap of any girl who has felt insecure about her outer self.
The Not So Good Stuff
  • A tad too angsty at times for this old momma (so intended teen audiences, please ignore this)
  • Um, yeah, I have been speaking with a bit of a Texan accent this week, and well, people are staring y'all
  • Brought back some painful memories of being the fat girl & I wish I had had the strength of character that Will has.  I just did stupid ass dieting and hurt my body. Man I was a silly girl
Favorite Quotes/Passages

“There’s something about swimsuits that make you think you’ve got to earn the right to wear them. And that’s wrong. Really, the criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it.”

“I think maybe it’s the things we don’t want to talk about that are the things people most want to hear.”

“I hate seeing fat girls on TV or in movies, because the only way the world seems to be okay with putting a fat person on camera is if they’re miserable with themselves or if they’re the jolly best friend. Well, I’m neither of those things.” 

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