Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

dumplin

Dumplin

By: Julie Murphy

Genre: Contemporary

Expected Publication Date: September 15, 2015

Bang Bang Rating:bombbombbomb 3/4

Overview

Willowdean “Dumplin” Dickson is a Texan, daughter of the Miss Teen Beauty Pageant’s coordinator, and overweight.  She has best friend issues, boy issues, mommy issues but she decides to honor her aunt by entering the pageant.

The Good

  • Will is a great character. Many of the decisions she makes and the feelings she has are honest and realistic.  From having a skinny beautiful best friend to body image, I felt like her inner monologue is something teens in all weight classes can relate to.
    • Even though her weight could have easily made her an introvert or the extreme-the extremely extroverted trying to get people to ignore her weight, she was neither of those things.  Will had this wall of confidence but she was insecure and once again, a lot of us are like this.  She didn’t take crap from the bully, she didn’t take crap from the hot guy, she didn’t take crap from her mom-I thought she was an awesome heroine.
    • There are many girls and women who think they are fat when they are not and I think these girls and women can relate to Will.  She doesn’t want the boy to touch her back fat, she’s envious of her “skinny” friend, she doesn’t think she’s good enough to date an attractive boy.
    • Will also has honest conversations with her mother about her weight. Anyone who has a passive aggressive mother knows what I’m talking about.  Will initially bites her tongue but she slowly expresses her feelings toward her mom.
  • All of the supporting characters were important to the plot and well developed.
  • The ending was good.

The Bad

  • So I had one major issue with the book concerning the love interest but it’s a spoiler so scroll to see.

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  • Will has a crush on the hot guy and of course he brooding and sensitive and they have a secret make out fest all summer.  When he doesn’t tell her that he’s transferring to her school, she gets upset understandably so because it seems as if he only wanted to be seen with the her in the summer.  She doesn’t even speak to him at school.
  •  So a heavy set football player likes Will and they date.  This guy isn’t boring, he’s also sensitive and very respectful.  Although he is a “jock,” he doesn’t pressure her to have sex.  Will is still hung up on the hot guy because she saw him first.  That was crap.  If the tables were turned and the boy chose the hot skinny girl over the fat one, we would call him a pig.  Was Murphy trying to make the point that fat girls can date the hot guy? Perhaps but she shouldn’t have made the other boy so likable. 

        Because of this, I gave this book a 3.75

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