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Julie Murphy (2) (1985–)

Author of Dumplin'

For other authors named Julie Murphy, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Julie Murphy's debut contemporary young adult novel, Side Effects May Vary, is out from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins and was well-received by Kirkus, School Library Journal, VOYA, Booklist, Seventeen Magazine, and Teen Vogue. Dumplin', Julie's sophomore novel has received glowing reviews including show more two stars from Publishers Weekly, Booklist and is a 2016 New York Times Best Seller. Film rights have been optioned by Disney. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Murphy at the 2017 Texas Book Festival. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63942671


Works by Julie Murphy

Dumplin' (2015) 2,198 copies
Puddin' (2018) 564 copies
A Merry Little Meet Cute (2022) 491 copies
If the Shoe Fits (2021) 490 copies
Ramona Blue (2017) 442 copies
Side Effects May Vary (2014) 435 copies
Pumpkin (2021) 205 copies
Dear Sweet Pea (2019) 199 copies
Faith: Taking Flight (2020) 170 copies
Camp Sylvania (2023) 33 copies
Faith: Greater Heights (2021) 23 copies
Ramona Drowning 3 copies

Associated Works

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet (2018) — Contributor — 338 copies
Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite (2020) — Contributor — 229 copies
Serendipity: Ten Romantic Tropes, Transformed (2022) — Contributor — 114 copies
The Other F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce (2019) — Contributor — 107 copies
Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles (2017) — Contributor — 102 copies
Mermaids Never Drown: Tales to Dive For (2023) — Contributor — 24 copies


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Places of residence
New York, New York, USA



Great book! Much better than movie!
mjphillips | 140 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
Nolan Shaw is the former bad boy of a former boy band, attempting to rehabilitate his image - and make money to support his mom and younger sister - by starring in a Hope channel Christmas movie. Bee Hobbes is a porn star who gets her chance to break into mainstream acting when her producer taps her to fill in for the "wholesome" actress who dropped out at the last minute. Unknown to either of them, Nolan has been a longtime fan of Bee's (Bianca Von Honey) ClosedDoors account, and Bee had a huge teen crush on Nolan. On set in Christmas Notch, Vermont, they both need to maintain their squeaky-clean images, but they fall hard for each other. Can they keep their relationship a secret from cast, crew, and the world? (Spoiler alert: no.) When Bee's Bianca Von Honey side becomes public, will Nolan stick by her? Will the Hope channel scrap the movie?

The chemistry between Nolan and Bee is evident, and the authors are sex-positive; Bee/Bianca loves her job and doesn't necessarily want to leave it behind, and both her moms know what she does and support her. The movie's director Gretchen, a former child star herself, and her wife Pearl wind up supporting Bee, and after a media pile-on, there's a swell of excitement about the movie, which the Hope channel releases after all. Nolan's mom has bipolar disorder, which makes him protective of her, but he also respects her and wants others to see her as more than her diagnosis.

Three mistakes irked me: (1) sunset in Vermont in December is NOT 6pm; (2) "white with a brown belly" is NOT a horse color that I know of; (3) it's illegal to set off fireworks in California, which they do casually in the epilogue, because of the risk of wildfires.


After all, how hard could it be to keep his two worlds separate? (Teddy, prologue)

Doubt washed over me the moment my brain began to quiet. This was an awful idea. I knew it deep down. My intuition was too good. I always felt the truth in my gut, even when it was the kind of truth I didn't want to face. And this was one of those truths. (Bee, ch. 1)

It was like everything had gone wrong today and I had no way to fix any of it. All I could do was hold this metal and glass rectangle and hope it eventually lit up in my hand. (Nolan, ch. 17)

Who would I be after the the knowledge that I could work in a mainstream movie, and as the leading lady too? ...But what if that wasn't possible? What if I had to choose? (Bee, ch. 22)

When all I wanted was...for this moment to fractal out like a snowflake and never, ever end? (Bee, ch. 22)

Love...always demanded sacrifice and risk. But whose risk? Whose sacrifice? Was that fair to ask of anyone? (Bee, ch. 22)
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JennyArch | 21 other reviews | Feb 16, 2024 |
Meet the author at TLA, thought I had an autographed copy, missing. Friends come in all shapes, if we relax, like ourselves and allow others to like us. All of us know girls who have mother’s they can never please - I suggest the fault often lies with the mother.

Gmomaj | 140 other reviews | Feb 8, 2024 |
First I would like to think Edelweiss and the authors for the opportunity to read this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

A Merry Little Meet Cute was a fun read that certainly had potential, however, there were parts of it that felt somewhat forced, and in others, you could tell it was the author's first time teaming up.

I sometimes got the feeling that the authors sat down with the idea of let's create a cheesy porno but give it Kate and Leopold meets Saved By The Bell vibes. With that said, I did enjoy reading this book even if I found certain parts rather cheesy and kinda cringe, for example, the part where they Lady and Tramp the chili cheese fries.

The Fans to Lovers was a new trope for me and while I enjoyed that aspect of the story, I do feel like the characters did not get the opportunity to truly learn what made each other tick but instead fell in love with the surface material they had grown used to consuming with a bit of reality sprinkled in.

Some of the other characters such as Teddy aka Uncle Ray-Ray were just a bit over the top at times, especially in his extremely detailed but at the same time vaguely broad epilogue.

Would I recommend this book to friends, yes, but I would do so with a few advisements as to what to expect so that they do not get blind-sided by some of the Hallmark movies meets YA novel meets Romance book cheesiness that made for a very interesting but fun read.
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BrittArmitage | 21 other reviews | Feb 7, 2024 |



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