Dumplin' by Julie MurphyDumplin' by Julie Murphy

Dumplin'

byJulie Murphy

Paperback | March 14, 2017

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Soon to be a Netflix film—featuring Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, and Dove Cameron, as well as a soundtrack from Dolly Parton!

The #1 New York Times bestseller and feel-good YA of the year—about Willowdean Dixon, the fearless, funny, and totally unforgettable heroine who takes on her small town’s beauty pageant.

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 girl does.

Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Julie Murphy's debut contemporary young adult novel, Side Effects May Vary, is out from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins and was well-received by Kirkus, School Library Journal, VOYA, Booklist, Seventeen Magazine, and Teen Vogue. Dumplin', Julie's sophomore novel has received glowing reviews including two stars from Publishers Weekly, Bookl...
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Title:Dumplin'Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:March 14, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062327194

ISBN - 13:9780062327192

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I never really had any initial urge to read this but when it was announced that a movie was being made, I figured I'd probably try it eventually. Then suddenly it's being released in less than month, so here I am. This book was okay. I really liked Willowdean's confidence and realistic outlook, but I also found her contradictory and judgmental far too often for someone who preaches about being comfortable in your own skin. She was constantly dropping distasteful comments about other people and as it added up, it hindered my enjoyment of the overall story. On top of that, she could just be a really shitty person at times, turning super defensive when she was the one who acted bad to her friends. The romance was really cute but I'm glad it wasn't the main point of the story. However, the plot itself was pretty lacking, especially when the pageant that you assume to be a big factor isn't at all. Unfortunately, I didn't connect with this story but I'm excited to watch the movie!
Date published: 2018-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Cute Very cute read and nice to have a different kind of protagonist for a change. Although I wasn't entirely satisfied with the ending this was still a cute, easy book to read.
Date published: 2018-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute, easy read OK, I normally don't do "cute" teen-y books but I gave this a shot...and it was nice. I didn't put it down bc I really wanted to get to the end and it was just so easy to read! But it was definitely teen-y and cute and predictable.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book ended up surprising me and I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1) by Julie Murphy The thing about Dumplin' is that it contains a great message. Willowdean "Dumplin'" Dickson is fat - and no, that is NOT an insult to her. She deals with other people's judgey eyes but, for the most part, she doesn't care. She's happy with who she is and other people can go screw themselves if they think differently. Our leading lady has an ex-beauty queen mother, her best friend Ellen, and an addiction to all things Dolly Parton. She’s in high school and has just recently started working at Harpy’s, a local fast food joint. It’s there that she meets Bo. Bo used to be a jock and is someone Will is attracted to. She’s shocked when she finds out he likes her too. It's not a smooth-clean-nice romance, and I GET THAT. It's realistic! When society views you as looking "wrong" (like Willowdean is "fat") then you're going to be plagued by anxieties. But I felt Willowdean was just a bit pathetic about this. And deluded?! Like, she wallows in thinking now one is ever going to love her -- but she basically has two dudes by the end. I MEAN, COME ON. REALLY??? I always feel weird about triangle-type relationships, because one side is always leading someone on and that's unfair and cruel. BUT ANYWAY. So Willowdean meets Bo (which is an adorable name, and reminds me of Po from Graceling, whom I also adore) at work and they have a tentative summery fling. THEN THEY BREAK UP TRAGICALLY. Why? That is an excellent question, my friends. I have no idea. I don't understand what went wrong between them. And I was focusing! I feel like it was equal parts of fault...Bo wasn't communicating the boundaries of their relationship (like would they continue or break up after summer?) and Willowdean was so OBSESSED with the fact that she was unwantable, that she made herself be unwantable by walking away. The friendships in this book were super solid, even through the ups and downs, and it was so great to see so much female friendship.This story has an element of romance, which I loved, but that’s not what the story was about. It was, more than anything, a story of acceptance and self discovery. I could feel all of Will’s insecurities as if they were my own. I loved watching her grown and triumph. I know the book isn't supposed to focus on her weight, but I found it a little less relatable than i'd like because it failed to give descriptions of her size. There are so many parts in this story that were relatable to me. I adored our heroine, Ms. Willowdean Dixon. This is an extremely body-positive book, which is a great thing. It's very much about breaking down stereotypes, learning not to judge, and learning to love yourself.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1) by Julie Murphy The thing about Dumplin' is that it contains a great message. Willowdean "Dumplin'" Dickson is fat - and no, that is NOT an insult to her. She deals with other people's judgey eyes but, for the most part, she doesn't care. She's happy with who she is and other people can go screw themselves if they think differently. Our leading lady has an ex-beauty queen mother, her best friend Ellen, and an addiction to all things Dolly Parton. She’s in high school and has just recently started working at Harpy’s, a local fast food joint. It’s there that she meets Bo. Bo used to be a jock and is someone Will is attracted to. She’s shocked when she finds out he likes her too. It's not a smooth-clean-nice romance, and I GET THAT. It's realistic! When society views you as looking "wrong" (like Willowdean is "fat") then you're going to be plagued by anxieties. But I felt Willowdean was just a bit pathetic about this. And deluded?! Like, she wallows in thinking now one is ever going to love her -- but she basically has two dudes by the end. I MEAN, COME ON. REALLY??? I always feel weird about triangle-type relationships, because one side is always leading someone on and that's unfair and cruel. BUT ANYWAY. So Willowdean meets Bo (which is an adorable name, and reminds me of Po from Graceling, whom I also adore) at work and they have a tentative summery fling. THEN THEY BREAK UP TRAGICALLY. Why? That is an excellent question, my friends. I have no idea. I don't understand what went wrong between them. And I was focusing! I feel like it was equal parts of fault...Bo wasn't communicating the boundaries of their relationship (like would they continue or break up after summer?) and Willowdean was so OBSESSED with the fact that she was unwantable, that she made herself be unwantable by walking away. The friendships in this book were super solid, even through the ups and downs, and it was so great to see so much female friendship.This story has an element of romance, which I loved, but that’s not what the story was about. It was, more than anything, a story of acceptance and self discovery. I could feel all of Will’s insecurities as if they were my own. I loved watching her grown and triumph. I know the book isn't supposed to focus on her weight, but I found it a little less relatable than i'd like because it failed to give descriptions of her size. There are so many parts in this story that were relatable to me. I adored our heroine, Ms. Willowdean Dixon. This is an extremely body-positive book, which is a great thing. It's very much about breaking down stereotypes, learning not to judge, and learning to love yourself.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! This was a fun read. The dynamic between Dumplin and her mom was so interesting, and I enjoyed watching her embrace who she is.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Fresh, fun, and empowering. Everyone can learn a lesson from this book.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only problem was that it was too short Fun and empowering and human. I've seen some reviews saying that Willowdean isn't a likeable character or that she does nothing to be a good friend to those who are good to her. She's not perfect, but she's human. She admits when she's wrong and how her insecurities have led her to hurt other people. That's a huge thing and she shows bravery and vulnerability in admitting that to others and trying to do better. I can't think of a better heroine.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good I became a pretty big fan of Julie Murphy promptly after reading Ramona Blue. I thought that book was just so wonderful so I decided to pick up this one. I had heard great things about this book so I was excited to read it. Though this book was very unique told by a very powerful narrator, I didn't like it nearly as much as I like Ramona Blue. I still highly recommend this book to all my friends but Ramona Blue was much better.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Fun Beauty Pageant Story I was actually pleasantly surprised with this book. I gave it a go because it was available from the library, and a contemporary sounded like something nice to listen to, and was pleased with what I found.  I loved the characters in this book, especially the main character. She was proud of her body and herself, but still had the insecurities you'd expect from a teenager. I found the other ladies in this book to be fantastic as well. I found the guys to be pretty generic and I kept mixing them up, but that was fine. They weren't as important for this book. I liked the idea of using a beauty pageant for the story. It was a nice change of pace from other contemporaries I've read, and having only seem them on television, it was interest to get a bit more detail about what they're like. I wish there had been a little more description or explanation for some of the pageant- or Texas-specific traditions, because I had to google a few things when I got home, which was annoying while listening to the audiobook.  All in all, this book wasn't bad. It wasn't my favourite contemporary ever, and I doubt I'd pick it up again, but I'd be curious to pick up the sequel that's coming out sometime in the near future. If you like beauty pageants (or are at all curious about them), great leading characters, or Dolly Parton, you should check out Dumplin'!
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Read. This book has its flaws - no doubt about that. But, I loved a main character who actually said things, meaning she actually stood up for herself, most of the time. I've read so many novels wherein the main character is some hushed, quiet, and obedient girl, and their best friend is the fiery, outspoken and wild one. Snooze. The characters were fun to read about. I didn't like the ending. And I wish the book was longer.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Fav! This is such an important read with great fat-rep in it! Willow dean was a very inspirational main character and I really enjoyed reading from her POV!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This story is so important and I would love to see more like it involving this content!!!
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Definitely a worthwhile read!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Interesting read, definitely a novel I will read again.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not so bad 3.5/5 This book wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. I don't know that it did body image struggles justice but it definitely didn't disgrace it. Some of what was mentioned is very relevant whether or not you consider yourself large or small. My expectations were low and this book definitely exceeded my expectations. Definitely YA.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful Powerful read with great points.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't Really A Fan I read this one last year but it didn't really live up to my expectations of it. It was empowering at times but then annoying at others. The first time reading this I gave it a 3/5 but then I tried to read it again this week, and it just isn't for me.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Empowering A great little empowering story of a Texas high school fat girl with plans of entering the local beauty pageant. The writing was so easy that I just gobbled this book up
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay There were parts that I really loved but other parts that didn't wow me. Overall it was good and I'm glad that I read it.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay. I enjoyed Side Effects May Vary much more than this book. It wasn't for me.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Okay Read I thought this book was entertaining at times. This book was recommended to me by a friend and I am glad I read it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely, sweet, funny and true. I wish I could have read this book when I was a teenager. I’m so glad that it exists now. Far too many girls (and hell, grown-ass women like myself) will recognize Willowdean’s insecurities, and it’s absolutely vital–lifesaving, even–that they see her courage. I hope readers find her story as inspiring and heartwarming as I did.
Date published: 2015-09-13

Editorial Reviews

Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: “An unexpected twist on the typical cancer story.”