Book Review: Dumplin’

Book Review: Dumplin’Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1) by Julie Murphy
Published by Balzer + Bray on September 15, 2015
Pages: 371

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.


Dumplin’ was such a fun read, I grew up thinking of myself as fat and not at all cute, but realized once I graduated high school how pretty and beautiful I was even if I was heavier. I never dated in high school so I don’t really get all that stuff. I liked the dichotomy between Willow and her mom and that she was trying to be okay with her body whereas her mom was trying to “fix” her situation. I like that she didn’t jump straight into a relationship but I hated her reasoning, I wish it had been because of what she wanted, not what everyone would think.

I’m excited to check out the movie on Netflix this weekend to see how it compares to the book. I’m hoping it has some of my favorite scenes and characters in it. I like that although this is an uplifting story, Willow isn’t perfect, she has the confidence but not all the time. People see her as confident but she has her own problems that hold her back from becoming who can be. It was a bit of an emotional ride and I really enjoyed getting to know her and her friends and family.


A great book everyone should read and especially well done on audio.

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