Author: Julie Murphy
Release Date/Publisher: September 15th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Finished: May 15th 2015
Pages: 384-eBook ARC-given for review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
What I Thought:
I was given an advanced review copy of this for free in exchange for an honest review.
I saw this up on Edelweiss and knew I had to read it! Who wouldn’t want to read a fun story about a curvy girl entering a beauty pageant?
I’m curvy myself so I could actually relate with Will a lot and what she went through. She had a kind of attitude that I liked and was just drawn to, but through the book she still feels insecure and has doubts about her self-image. Especially when it comes to Bo. A lot happens to her in this book, but I felt like by the end she took from the whole experience and learned from it. That’s not saying it is or isn’t a fairy-tale ending, but I did enjoy what happened.
I asked the author what songs of Dolly Parton she would recommend to anyone reading this book, because to me that’s a big part of the reading experience since she’s mentioned in it a bunch. I’ve never really listened much to her music before this, but I do have to admit that I loved Jolene.
I really think this was a fun book and I really couldn’t stop reading it. I just wish the ending didn’t go by so fast. There was nothing wrong with the writing or anything (as you can tell by my rating below), I just wanted to bask in the pageant longer and I didn’t want the book to end! I am definitely buying a final copy for my shelf, and if anything from above sounds interesting you should give it a try.