Book Review

Dumplin’

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 weaknesses have always been food and men – in that order.” Dolly Parton

I LOVED this book! If you need a solid dose of self-love, body appreciation, inspiration, comedy, strong female friendships, sex positivity, romance, Dolly Parton fandom, and/or drag queen appreciation, then pick up this book!

Willowdean is hilarious, full of sass, quietly poignant, and provocative. Also, I can’t get over how much I love her name – Willowdean. To me, it sound like a combination of the smell of honey suckle and the satisfaction of the soft sigh you make after you wake up and stretch from a great nap or get a really good kiss. Willowdean.

Dumplin‘ will take you on a journey of self-love and I am here for it! It is fiercely positive, especially about body image, identity, and self-love. This is a book for the misfits and rejects, especially if you were a misfit or reject in a southern high school. This book spoke to my soul almost as much as The Goonies did when I was a kid, and that is saying something. I think at the end of the day, Dumplin’ speaks to all of us because we have all felt insecure and frustrated with ourselves and our bodies at one point or another in our lives. This book will empower you, no matter your body size, shape, or weight. Because at the end of the day, who the fuck cares. Life is too damn short and about so much more.

Pick up this book, put on some Dolly Parton tunes, and prepare to fall in love with Miss Willowdean Dickson.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Title: Dumplin’ (Dumplin’ #1)

Publisher: Balzar + Bray ( September 15th 2015)

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary

Devoured… in a bubble bath while… blasting Dolly Parton tunes.

Purchase your copy here.

Julie MurphyAuthor: Julie Murphy

Julie lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cat who tolerates her. When she’s not writing or trying to catch stray cats, she works at an academic library. Side Effects May Vary is Julie’s debut novel.

 

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