Millie Michalchuk is a fat girl who’s tired of feeling bad about it. She goes to fat camp every summer because her mother swears there’s a thin girl inside her just waiting to come out. But not this summer. Millie is determined to go to a broadcast journalism summer school instead, just as long as she can get in, and convince her mother to let her go… She’s also crushing hard on Malik and trying to decipher his feelings for her, and attempting to keep her friendship group – which includes Willowdean from Dumplin’ – close. Callie Reyes is a popular […]
Dumplin’ is Willowdean Dickson – the nickname given to her by her former beauty queen mother. But Willowdean doesn’t mind too much, she’s happy with who she is and if she’s carrying a bit more weight than the world thinks she ‘should’, then to hell with them. She’s got her bestest bud Ellen and their shared love of all things Dolly Parton to get her through any rough patches. But then Will takes a job at Harpy’s restaurant and meets Bo, a private school educated boy who really, really likes Willowdean and it throws her world off kilter. Because Bo […]
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy Finished Jan. 28, 2019, took seven days to read 4 Stars on Goodreads, but I would rate 3.5 Genre: Young Adult Rating 2/5 for 2019 overall, 1/1 for Young Adult I made the mistake of watching the Netflix movie first. This goes against a pretty big rule for me: I read the book first and watch the movie second. But with Dumplin’ I had to watch it as one of my favorite Drag Race ladies was in the movie (Ginger Minj), and the book had a super long waiting list at the library…so I watched it. […]
I really rather wish this book had been written back when I was in my late teens, so the girl-I-was could have been reassured that she wasn’t alone.
I’m sorry to say that Meet Cute was my biggest reading disappointment of 2018 so far. It had everything I thought I wanted: how-we-met short stories from some of the best YA authors out there — including Julie freaking Murphy — and a recommendation from Rainbow Rowell. I assumed it would be a delight. And some of it was. I had never heard of Ibi Zoboi, but her story “Hourglass” was my favorite of the bunch. She told a story about Cherish, a tall African-American girl in a small town filled with white people. Her best friend is kind of […]
I was thrilled to hear Julie Murphy wrote a sequel to Dumplin’ and picked up a copy as soon as my library got it in. I definitely had high expectations but, unfortunately, I also had very little knowledge about what the sequel was about so I was a bit let down to realize Willlowdean was relegated to a barely mentioned side character. If you are a big fan of Dumplin’ then I recommend going into Puddin’ with the mindset that it is not a sequel but rather its own standalone novel that is equally body positive and full of female empowerment. Puddin’ focuses on two main characters; Callie, […]
I loved this book. It’s a wonderful exploration of misfit growing up. It’s hilarious and sweet, but not too sweet. I devoured it in one sitting, and stayed up way too late because of that. This is a couldn’t put it down book, and those are just the best kinds of books. Willowdean Dickson isn’t the skinniest kid in her small Texas town, where beauty pageants and football reign supreme, but she’s happy. She’s got her best friend, a decent job, and a crush who may be reciprocating her crush feelings. And even though her aunt, a second mother, passed […]
I really wanted to like this one, I loved Dumplin’ and enjoyed last year’s Ramona Blue, but Murphy’s debut novel was lackluster. Going back in time with an author is always tricky since most people improve with age & time so I will try to be kind. Sixteen year old Alice was diagnosed with leukemia about a month after discovering her mother was having an affair. Alice was skipping school with her soon to be ex-boyfriend, Luke, and discovers her mom nearly naked with another man. Luke and Alice break up after he tells Alice’s frienemy (/his new girlfriend) what they saw […]