Review of Dumplin’ By Julie Murphy
Synopsis: 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 best friend, Ellen 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.
Review: I LOVED this book. I usually am not one to read books about teens that don’t involve magic, or supernatural or fantasy aspects but I read this one because I received it as an Advanced Reading Copy at the Harper Collins Fall Book Preview.
It is such a great read for any teenager and quite frankly should be mandatory. Shit is a normal girl with a bigger body living in a world where you have to be perfect and a “beauty queen”. She is comfortable in her body to a point. You see her self-confidence and then you see her self-doubt. It’s a great mix and so true to life. Most girls I know have stuff they love and hate about themselves.
Then there is this guy that she falls for. There is sort of talk of sex, more with her friend but not with her. That is also something I really liked about this book. It wasn’t all about sex. It was real and it was there but it wasn’t the be all and end all for these girls. It felt like such a real and innocent love it was sweet and honest. So much more enjoyable than those teen books with lots of very graphic sex scenes.
Then there was the beauty pageant. How do you show the world you are amazing? Join a beauty pageant when you are not exactly what is considered “beauty queen looks”. I rooted for her through out the whole thing. No spoilers here so I won’t let you know what happens but it’s amazing!
This book made me laugh and hope and just fall in love with Dumplin’. It shows that you should love yourself no matter what. Be who you are and be proud. A must read for anyone!
Just like the tag line. GO BIG OR GO HOME!