“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.”
The blurb states that this book is guaranteed to steal your heart and let me tell you it sure did.
Dumpin’ is a heartwarming book about a young girl trying to accept the way she is. I absolutely felt like I could relate to the main character, what she was going through with her friend, her body, and relationships with the others around her. I previously was very curious about this book when I heard about it, and I’m super glad that I decided to read it. This book has such a positive message to send to everyone, it needs to be spread far and wide.
Willow was quite an interesting character. She was quite sassy and had a very confident aura surrounding her. She does struggle with her body image in certain parts of the book, however, she never fails to be resilient and in the end, accept herself for what she is. Willow is also a very hard headed character who says what she thinks, which adds some comedy to this book, and overall made me giggle! (Like WHAT).
I also very much loved the side characters, like the ‘outcast girls’ and Mitch, even her mum. The girls were such an awesome part of the story because they saw what Willow was doing and followed suit, which allowed them to jump outside of their comfort zone and embrace who they are as well. I loved the whole idea of this and found that it was done quite well.
Willows started to feel insecure when the boy she had been crushing on started taking notice of her and started making moves. Willow doesn’t like how this boy made her feel so uncomfortable and self-conscious about herself, but so light and fluffy with joy inside. I guess this was a great part of the book which I found myself relating to quite a bit. I felt exactly the same way when I first started dating, and I guess that’s what makes Willow such an awesome character, she is relatable and we can understand her feelings as she progresses through these milestones which allows us to sympathize. I believe that this is an awesome way to captivate the audience, which Murphy has done brilliantly in this book.
The whole setting of this book was perfect and especially Murphy’s writing style. I found that this book was definitely a very well written book and because of this, it allowed me to practically fly through the chapters and keep me wanting more.
“It’s not some gross open-mouth kiss, but more like a hello-I-missed-you-you’re-as-pretty-as-you-were-on-our-first-date kiss”
“But that’s me. I’m fat. It’s not a cuss word. It’s not an insult. At the least it’s not when I say it. So I always figure why not to get it out of the way?”
“Since I refuse to get out of the car, Lucy came to sit in the backseat with me. “Will.” Her voice was smooth like warm honey. She tucked a loose hair behind my ear and handed me a tissue from the front pocket of her housedress. “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 that can’t be true. No matter how much I tell myself that the fat and the stretch marks don’t matter, they do. Even if Bo, for whatever reason, doesn’t care, I do.”
“Perfection is nothing more than a phantom shadow we’re all chasing”
“I want more with you. I want to hold hands in public. I want to drive you home from work and give you a kiss goodnight. And talk on the phone so late we fall asleep”
“Isn’t that sad? It’s like the whole world has to walk around with name tags on so we can all feel more comfortable? I guess things are less scary if you know what to call them”
“There’s some kind of peace that comes with knowing that for every person whois waiting to be found, there’s someone out there searching”
I’m rating Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy 4/5 stars. This book was very well written and I absolutely adored the whole story. This is a book you should definitely pick and read!