Book Review: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy


With a new romance, changes at home and at school, typically confident Willowdean is starts to stumble. The story follows her through a first kiss, first date, changing friendships, and in to the messy and unprecedented world of the Miss Clover City Pageant.

Dumplin is the story of Willowdean Dickson growing up in a body everyone seems to think she should be embarrassed by, and the daughter of an eternal beauty queen, in small town Texas. Full charisma and charm, Dumplin’ will warm your heart with well drawn, funny, and relatable characters. As a protagonist Willowdean is incredibly easy to root for, and her friends, enemies, and classmates are equally lovable.

There’s something about swimsuits that make you think you’ve got to earn the right to wear them. And that’s wrong. Really, the criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it.
— Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

This book is easy to read and hard to walk away from. Definitely a great read for fans of YA coming of age stories, with swoon worthy romance and a strong, feminist protagonist.

Rating: 4/5

For fans of: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Upside of Unrequited, Fangirl.

p.s. I absolutely loved the audiobook version of this story. The narrator’s voice was pleasant and did a great job giving each of the many characters their own voice and personality. Definitely recommend, especially if you love a good southern accent.

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