Dumplin'is the first book by Julie Murphy that I have read, and I was counting down the minutes to get my hands on it. It has popped up over and over again and must read lists. It did not disappoint. It is an excellent young adult read about body image, body issues, typical teenage friendship issues, dealing with death, and a beauty pageant. Basically a recipe for awesomeness, right? Right.
My rating: 5 stars
Summary from goodreads:
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
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.