[Review] Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy


Title: Dumplin’
Author: Julie Murphy
Publication: September 15th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

 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.

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My thoughts:

That was quite disappointing. I know it holds a valuable lesson to the readers, but everything just felt dragging. I did quite enjoy a lot of parts, but somehow, I felt bored and undecided on how to rate this book.

The characters are great, but the plot is just disappointing. It could have been better on some parts. Willowdean Dickson is a fat girl who goes by the nickname “Dumplin'” created by her mom. She finds herself a job and meets Bo Larson who she finds cute and attractive.

“Loyalty is being there for someone. It’s about standing by someone’s side even when you don’t want to. Because you love them.”

Willowdean has a strong personality. She is a brave woman and it was well-written in her perspective. Although I find it hard to connect with her, I still manage to understand what she is feeling and that’s what really makes a good book.

I like the parts where Willowdean stands up for herself even though everyone is bringing her down. It is a valuable lesson that needs to be taught to everyone. This book teaches people who are physically-challenged to accept their flaws and just flaunt whatever they have. Because it is what makes you unique and you show them what you are capable of.

Perfection is nothing more than a phantom shadow we’re all chasing.

The ending was unsatisfying for me. It has no closureand I wish it could have been longer because the ending teaches a meaningful lesson. It could have been better.

I would love to read more books written by Julie Murphy although I’m scared to read more from her because I really didn’t like her style of writing. It was just too hard to read even though I’m trying my very best. *I wanna be the very best…*

I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn’t. Despite that, I’m still giving this a fair rating because I did quite enjoy it besides my problems in this book.

sad simba

3 swords3 swords for ugh-agh

About the author:

julie murphy

Julie Murphy 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 animals, Julie can be found in a library smelling old books and manning the reference desk. Her acclaimed first novel is Side Effects May Vary.


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