Dumplin'

Dumplin'

Book - 2015
Average Rating:
24
2
2
 …
Rate this:
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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062327185
0062327186
9780062327192
Branch Call Number: FIC MURPHY
Characteristics: 375 pages ;,22 cm

Opinion

From Library Staff

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean reclaims her confidence with her misfit friends when she enters her Texas 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. 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... Read More »


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

p
parnoosh
Aug 11, 2017

This was such an empowering book. It had a very interesting plot line. It's message was very strong and it definitely is one of my favourite books. It shows that it doesn't matter how skinny or fat you are, you should always respect others and be respected.

d
darladoodles
Jan 27, 2017

This was a fun read. Willowdean is a lovable character and you root for her as she makes her own way. Love the Dolly Parton theme. Looking forward to more books about Dumplin'.

v
virgogirl73
Dec 19, 2016

This was a great book, couldn't put it down. In this day it's refreshing to read a book about body positivity or just being comfortable with who you are and not caring what other ppl think of you.

f
fooclue2
Dec 19, 2016

A book for the big and the big hearted! A very inspirational message!

p
pink_panther_225
Oct 26, 2016

This book was awesome. The book had a great theme/moral/lesson. The only negative thing about it is that it is kinda long and drags on in some parts. Overall this is a feel good book and lots of characters to fall in love with.

AL_KATI Oct 10, 2016

One of my favorite YA novels of 2015! Loved the main character and found myself laughing and cringing right along with her. Perfect if you need a reminder that it's okay to just be you.

AL_BRIDGET Aug 23, 2016

Funny, well written, and sweet. I really appreciated reading about a fat girl where her size didn't change through the course of the story! The characters felt real, and I wanted to keep reading to see what happened to them, so I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who loves realistic stories. It really is wonderful to have a book I can recommend that talks about body image, self-esteem, first love, friendship, and family so authentically. Also, omg YA needs more fat protagonists like Willowdean. Really, it needs more fat protagonists in general, but Willowdean's voice is so clear and realistic it's fantastic, I want more!

j
jmli
Aug 21, 2016

Actual Rating: 3.25 Stars

This was a well-written book. I liked Murphy's writing, and the story was believable. However, I felt that the book advanced too slowly at times, and nothing really happened in the first little bit.

The characters were an aspect that I enjoyed. The story also succeeded in expressing Will's love for Dolly Parton, and that was rather enjoyable for me.

Seeing previous reviews, I know that there have been controversies on the book's message. People have said that the novel isn't body-positive enough, but I felt that it was good in expressing body-positivity. Willowdean can be judgmental and annoying at times, but isn't everyone a little subjective? For me, it just made Willowdean more realistic and believable, and she does develop into more of a positive person.

Several things happen in the novel, but at the same time, very little happens. Let me rephrase that. So, there's a lot of drama occurring, but sadly, there isn't really any progression or development.
The main thing that was a problem for me was that the story was slow.

So, in short, I liked the story, but there were parts that could've been improved upon. I'd recommend this to people who like reading medium-length, fun, extra-time books.

l
LEreads
Jul 22, 2016

I accidentally finished Dumplin' in one sitting - I regret nothing. This is an amazing book and everyone should mandatorily read it. Murphy's characters excellently portray real life insecurities and anxieties; anyone can find something to relate to. The message of self love and body positivity is much needed in today's society. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, even if you don't normally read contemporary.

m
missangela
Jun 16, 2016

Couldn't put this down!

View All Comments

Age

Add Age Suitability

p
pink_panther_225
Oct 26, 2016

pink_panther_225 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

j
jmli
Sep 05, 2016

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Quotes

Add a Quote

k
KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“I've wasted a lot of time in my life. I've thought too much about what people will say or what they're gonna think. And sometimes it's over silly things like going to the grocery store or going to the post office. But there have been times when I really stopped myself from doing something special. All because I was scared someone might look at me and decide I wasn't good enough. But you don't have to bother with that nonsense. I wasted all that time so you don't have to.”

k
KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“I think maybe it’s the things we don’t want to talk about that are the things people most want to hear.”

Summary

Add a Summary

j
jmli
Sep 05, 2016

Fat girl Willowdean Dickson enters a beauty pageant.

Notices

Add Notices

p
pink_panther_225
Oct 26, 2016

Other: This book contains a little bit of bad language including the "F word". It's not very frequently occurring. Their is also minor talk about sex and other related talk. Nothing is described just mentioned.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at BPL

  Loading...

Other Formats

  • eBook:
    Check availability Go to eBook
[]
[]
To Top