For fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell comes this powerful novel with the most fearless heroine—self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson—from Julie Murphy, the acclaimed author of Side Effects May Vary. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.
Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean 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 Teen Blue Bonnet 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.
Firstly thanks to Harper 360 for sending me a copy to review .
Everything about what I saw was intriguing ,the title and cover are very eye catching .
This makes for addictive enjoyable reading that will have you laughing and cheering Will on .
It also deals with a lot of sensitive issues and I think we can all relate to those feelings of insecurity at some point in our lives .
Will is great fun and a fantastic role model so this is perfect for teenagers to read and embrace .
I think even at 32 I need to be living life more like will ,believe In myself !
Her friends are great characters too especially Bo who is mysterious but obviously has a big heart with a lot of time and affection for will if only she believed it .
A fantastic refreshing book with a bold new voice .