Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (this book is FABULOUS)

Posted October 27, 2015 by Ella

Review: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (this book is FABULOUS)

Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (this book is FABULOUS)Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Dumplin' #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on September 15, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher

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 all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, 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.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

A copy of the book was provided for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore does not affect the opinion or content of the review.

5 Fabulous Reasons to Love Dumplin’


I’ve never read a character ‘quite’ like Willowdean. This girl had so much sass but at the same time was so serious in what she believed in. I liked Will a lot more in the first half of the book as after the cutoff point she started to become more self-absorbed and less considerate of others.

Dolly Parton!

I’d never even heard of this singer before but after I finished Dumplin’ I went and searched her out on Youtube and now I have her songs on the brain! Favourites are Jolene and Little Sparrow! *starts singing Jolene off key*

The humour is excellent!

Dry and crackling with wit and sarcasm, I laughed so many times while reading this book!

It has some really important messages entwined in it as well as a good story.

I am SO tired of the main characters in YA being the super skinny type and it was so nice to have a change with Willowdean who’s fat and is fine with that, most of the time. So that was refreshing!

The romance is adorable!

Although, saying that, it did seem to take a while to make up its mind where it was going. Still, I adored Bo and Willowdean together, they were utterly adorable. :’)

Dumplin’ is just an excellent book.

It’s simply that, a good excellent, well-told story. AND YOU SHOULD ALL GO GET A COPY NOW!!!!

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