Author: Julie Murphy
Dumplin’ was published in 2015 by Balzar + Bray. It’s taken me 3 years to get around to reading it, and honestly, I should’ve read it when it first came out. It was so wonderful. There’s laughter, heartbreak, and a true message to the book. A message that I’m sure, I’ll remember for quite some time.
I’m not very good at summarizing books, but I’ll give a try.
Dumplin’ follows Willowdean Dickson, or Will as she prefers. Will is a little on the heavy side when it comes to her body size. But she doesn’t let that bother her most days. That is until a boy at work starts falling for her.
Her mother runs the local beauty pageant every year and has never been comfortable with the size of her daughter.
Will’s best friend Ellen, wants to take the next step with her boyfriend Tim. But when she does, she leaves out some information that she instead tells her coworker. When Will gets word of this, she starts to feel left out. Especially since Will and Ellen used to share everything with each other.
Will decides to enter the local beauty pageant. Mostly to prove, that it doesn’t matter what size you are. Which I agree with 100%. However, she asks Ellen not to be in it. This is where their friendship really begins to have issues.
The novel continues and pageant day nears. The pageant goes well, but definitely not how I expected it. Friendships are reconnected and Will may finally begin to accept that she can be with a boy she likes, no matter what other people think.
This is where I must end the summary. Only because, I don’t want to spoil the novel for you. I absolutely loved it. There is a sequel out now, called Puddin’. You can find more information about the author and her books here.
I do have some quotes I want to share, but those will be posted Thursday!
I hope you enjoyed the review and I hope you check out the book!