So as I’m sure you all guessed, I spent my WHOLE winter break reading. And when I wasn’t reading, I was in a bookstore. Literally. I visited Maine and found this INCREDIBLE little bookstore and spent close to three hours in there #bookwormproblems. But the guys who owned the bookstore was incredible! He knew SO MUCH and gave me so many recommendations. I’m definitely going back there this summer!
Whoops! I went on a tangent talking about a bookstore when I was supposed to be reviewing a book! SO one of the books that I read while I was on break was Dumplin! Now, I’ve seen this book all over bookstagram and I finally got around to reading it and I was not disappointed! I read a lot of books, but occasionally I’ll come across one that doesn’t rely on plot or characters to make it good, the writing itself carries the story. Now, this isn’t saying that Dumplin didn’t have a good plot or characters, it did, but those things were just the cherry on top of the amazing book sundae! I literally couldn’t put this book down because the writing is the kind that just carries you from one page to the next. I looked like this over break…
If that isn’t a testament to how good this book is (because I swear, I really did look like that), maybe the blurb will.
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.
Everything about this book was incredible, the characters, the setting, the plot, and especially the writing. It is a love song to growing up, to finding yourself, and to being unapologetically who you are. Thank you Julie Murphy for bringing this book into the world!
Final rating- 4.5/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂