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Dumplin' by Julie Murphy


by Julie Murphy

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Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.



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MAGNIFICENT. Wonderfully paced, easy to read, Willowdean is a force you must follow. Because sometime days the damn dress just won’t zip up. ( )
  KatlynnG.Bennett | Sep 12, 2019 |
Rly liked the way it depicted the difference between telling yourself to be confident and not really feeling it, no matter what you say to yourself ( )
  hatingongodot | Aug 12, 2019 |
DUMPLIN’ by Judy Murphy
This book is not PC. A teenage girl is called Dumplin’ by her mother who constantly reminds her how fat she is and how pretty she would be if she just lost some weight.
Dumplin’ and her friends decide to enter the beauty contest Dumplin’s mother runs and had won many years before. Hilarity runs rampant as the young women (one fat, one disabled, one perhaps autistic and one gay) prepare their talent acts and wardrobes.
This could have been awful. It was not. It becomes a sensitive and empathetic tale of young women learning to love themselves and accept others. Oh, and there is also a gentle love story. This would be great book for a mother/parent book club.
4 of 5 stars ( )
  beckyhaase | Aug 10, 2019 |
What a book: narrated by main character Willowdean, a young woman who "wears" her plus size body and tries to break out of the prison she feels even as she struggles to figure out why a good looking co-worker would want to date her publicly. Her single mother, formerly overweight herself, runs the local award winning beauty pageant which she won when she was in high school and is something of a celebrity.

Both mother and daughter are mourning the loss of Lucy, sister and beloved aunt, who loved life and Dolly Parton, but whose obesity may have led to her early death by heart attack. A lifelong friendship is tested when Will enters the beauty pageant along with a group of other girls who are subjected to bullying. They learn how to love themselves from former friends of Lucy's. I will leave it to you to read the book and find out who these people are as they are quirky and a fun addition to the story.

I finished the book too early to go to sleep so watched the Netflix original movie made from the book starring Jennifer Aniston as the mother and Danielle Macdonald as Willowdean.
  witchyrichy | Jul 18, 2019 |
A sweet story about a teen trying to find empowerment and acceptance. I was a little annoyed that the moment she starts to like a boy, the formerly confident Willowdean starts to have body issues. Other than that, I enjoyed this book. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
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Stevens, EileenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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