Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Title: Dumpling

Author: Julie Murphy

Release Date: September 15th, 2015

Published By:Balzer + Bray

Genre: Contemporary, YA

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

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.

MY THOUGHTS

The Plot:
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.
 
Characters:
Willowdean- First of all, this girl had a ton of nicknames lol. It almost became a game of trying to keep up with them all lol!! I loved how confident she was but at the same time did have moments of self doubt. She was just an ordinary teenager/human going through times when we nitpick everything about ourselves. Willow was a handful at times, the way she talked to her mother made me shake my head a few times. Deep down, she never wanted to hurt anyone and seemed to have a heart of gold.
 
Ellen- Ellen also had her bratty moments where I just wanted to literally shake her. She knew things that she was doing was hurtful to Willow but she pushed those thoughts aside and did what she wanted. Maybe its just a classic case of two teenage girls who love each other but still fight. There isn’t a perfect relationship out there folks! Ellen had her high moments too, I loved seeing the times when she did stand up for Willow and wasn’t ashamed of their relationship.
 
Bo- Bo is the “hot, athletic” type. He is the one that all the ladies swoon over, at least this was my impression of him. I loved how he was just an all around great guy. He didn’t care what people thought and he did what he wanted. I loved the interactions between him and Willow. Bo never seemed ashamed of Willowdean and I appreciated that.
 
Mitch- Ok, I loved Mitch. He was such a great guy!! He was so sweet and kind and just aww. Mitch was another guy who could care less what people thought.
 
Callie- Mean girl. That was Callie’s role in this story. She was the mean one who we all wanted to smack a time or two. I’m the type of person who automatically assumes that Callie has some deep down issues she needs to work on. Whether she was picked on as a child or has a crappy home life etc. I just tend to believe “mean girls/guys” have a reason for being the way that they are.
 
Quotes:
 
“I think maybe it’s the things we don’t want to talk about that are the things people most want to hear.” 
 
“I’ve wasted a lot of time in my life. I’ve thought too much about what people will say or what they’re gonna think.”
 
Overall:
I loved this story! I loved how we had topics that aren’t really the “norm” in books. We have a plus sized girl who deals with body issues, being self conscious, the loss of a loved one, acceptance from her peers, etc. The list goes on and on. It’s nice to read about characters who aren’t cookie cutter and who aren’t what society tells us we should be. Willowdean isn’t a size 2 and she’s okay with that most of the time. It’s her peers, family members, etc. who have problems with the way she looks. If i’m not mistaken, in the book she said something along the lines of “We all have things we don’t like about ourselves.” That quote really hit me,the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side. We need to learn to be ourselves and accept who we are, as well as accept others for who THEY are. Who are we to judge someone else based on appearances? Everyone has feelings and everyone has a story, while we may think the beautiful, popular girl next to us has it all together, she may be the one with the most issues. I think we forget to stop and think about what someone else may be going through before we start judging them. This book taught me a lesson in that aspect, we need to stop the bullying/judging. This book was about a young woman finding herself and learning to be comfortable in her own skin. Willowdean did have her selfish, bratty moments but hey we all do. So if you take anything from this review/this book I hope that its you stop and think before spreading more hate. No one likes to be the butt of a joke and we’ve all been on the receiving end of this. This story really was special and I enjoyed it a lot. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up 🙂
 
 
Until next time,
Lucy
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Posted October 19, 2015 by Helena Reads in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

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