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.
How did I get the book? I bought it
Review: Welcome Willowdean, the 3D character that will definitely not stay on the page. Not that you’d want her to. The thing is, that while reading Dumplin’ I was pretty convinced that Willowdean was there, as in next to me, instead of words on the page. She’s not a flat narrator at all.
Dumplin’ is a book that makes you happy, swoon, cheer, angry (at irritating people), sad and have a sudden desire to listen to Dolly Parton. It’s jammed packed with moments; ones that make you laugh, others that make you think and yes the romantic ones are also there.
Willowdean deals with changes in her relationship with her best friend, making new friends, her mum, there is the pageant, missing her aunt and Bo. It’s not like it’s all wonderful or that she doesn’t struggle or doubt but Will doesn’t lose herself as a person, that is why I liked her so much.
Julie Murphy has managed to put all the things I like into the story without any clichés and the best part – it’s a real and positive book.