Dumplin'

Dumplin'

Book - 2015
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Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062327192
0062327194
9780062327185
0062327186
Branch Call Number: y MURPHY 2015
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 22 cm

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Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, she and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.


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Hillsboro_ElizabethH Feb 19, 2019

You can't help but love Willowdean. She's trying to get by in a world that is full of beauty pageants (one of which her mother won years ago), along with teenage angst. I read the book before seeing the movie because I wanted to see what the hype was about, and I wasn't disappointed. Fast, fun read.

JCLHebahA Feb 07, 2019

I feel like I need to hand in my bookworm card to say this, but here goes: I think I liked the movie better than the book. Gasp. The spirit and voice were right, but the book contains one of my least favorite YA tropes: the dreaded love triangle. Still a fun read with a strong sense of voice, still an important book, just not a favorite.

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MourningStar
Jan 05, 2019

South YA

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alyssaburns28
Dec 19, 2018

This book is way better than the Netflix movie. Was going to give it a 5 as I couldn't put it down, however the middle seemed to drag out a little bit. Quick and easy read. Loved the meaning behind it.

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leslie_d_
Dec 12, 2018

Willowdean “Dumplin’” Dickson holds two rare distinctions in young adult fiction as being a heroine of her own story who is comfortable in her own skin and who is fat.

Julie Murphy writes a funny, charming and empowering novel in Dumplin. She’s thoughtful and smart about it; she challenges and entertains…all marks of a great storyteller. It was worth the risk to return to high school drama for this one. An adult character laments, “I wish I would’ve had friends that were going after things they weren’t supposed to have.” These are the friends and stories Julie Murphy writes, pushing back against the cultural scripts where few, if any, are allowed/deserving to be who they really are.

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cannotbeheard
Dec 05, 2018

Originally I thought I would give this a 5 star but brought it down because of the ending. Without spoiling anything, I will say, it felt incomplete. I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it. Especially to anyone who has never struggled with their weight. I could relate to the main character a lot. She was spot on with her insecurities, and with how it feels to try to have confidence and how people will still bring you down. If you've never experienced some of the things Willowdean describes in this book, I think this will put it into perspective so that you can understand how some things come across and why people can be sensitive to certain things. Overall this had a good message and I am excited to read the next one.

In Dumplin’, we meet Willowdean, a 16-year-old girl a little on the chubbier side who lives in a small Texas town. Willowdean is confident and funny–and crushing hard on the cute jock who works at the fast food restaurant with her. Willowdean’s self image and self-confidence get skewed when she discovers that her crush likes her back. All of a sudden, she’s anxious about how people will view them as a couple. On a whim, she decides to enter the town beauty pageant run by her mother with a number of misfits from school. This young adult book was charming and engrossing. I finished it in a day. (Submitted by Meghan).

JCLHeatherM Nov 13, 2018

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder in Julie Murphy's novel - soon to be a major motion picture.

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Linyarai
Sep 11, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was a great story of a young girl and her perspective growing up in pageant culture. I'm looking forward to the second book, and the movie.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 17, 2018

Many individuals who are labelled as “fat” in society are displeased with their body image. However Willowdean, the main character of Dumplin’, has a completely different mindset. Although the oversized teenage girl is insecure about her body, she decides not to waste her life sorrowing about that. Willowdean focuses on what she wants, and will do anything to achieve her dreams and desires. She wants to become a model and compete in a pageant, but being so conscious about achieving this goal of hers, leads Willowdean to exhibit many unconscious behaviours. Willowdean insists on proving her point to her family and friends of not underestimating overweight girls. To contradict society's norms, Willowdean joins the beauty pageant in her town. She is not just some stout teenage girl trying out for a beauty contest to show she is superior; she is inspiring everyone to have the same optimistic mindset as her own. Willowdean is confident in her own skin and knows how to embrace her inner self. That is what the characters from the novel and readers need to take away from Dumplin’. Behind this touching novel, Willowdean quoted “There’s something about swimsuits that make you think you’ve got to earn the right to wear them. Really, it’s simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it.” This touching novel represents self-love, toxic relationships and proving a very major point to all societies. Many individuals can relate to this novel, making it so very interesting and amazing to read Willowdean’s journey to success. To get a better understanding of the novel Dumplin, the film is out on Netflix as well. I would give this novel a four star rating out of five. @Bookland of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Dumplin', by the author Julie Murphy, is a very interesting book. This book is about a teenage girl named Willowdean that considers herself a plus-size. She is a daughter of a former beauty pageant queen. Willowdean - her mother calls her Dumplin' - was being pressured by her mother to diet with her so Will can also sign up for the pageant. I very much enjoyed reading this novel. It really touched me that many teenagers deal with body shame. An area of the novel that I had not liked was every time Willowdean introduces herself, she would call herself "fat". Overall, this book was very heartwarming and full of comedy. I strongly rate this book a 9/10.
- @YoumnaLovesBooks of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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leslie_d_
Dec 12, 2018

“I wish I would’ve had friends that were going after things they weren’t supposed to have.”

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leslie_d_
Dec 12, 2018

“If you don’t’ sign that form, you’re saying I’m not good enough. You’re saying that most every girl in that room right now is prettier and more deserving than me. That’s what you’re telling me.”

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leslie_d_
Dec 12, 2018

“You don’t deserve to win anything or be in any pageant until you make the effort and do the work. maybe fat girls or girls with limps or girls with big teeth don’t usually win beauty pageants. Maybe that’s not the norm. but the only way to change that is to be present. We can’t expect the same things these other girls do until we demand it. Because no one’s lining up to give us sh*t, Will.”

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leslie_d_
Dec 12, 2018

“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.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“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 there have been times when I really stopped myself from doing something special. All because I was scared someone might look at me and decide I wasn't good enough. But you don't have to bother with that nonsense. I wasted all that time so you don't have to.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“I think maybe it’s the things we don’t want to talk about that are the things people most want to hear.”

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jmli
Sep 05, 2016

Fat girl Willowdean Dickson enters a beauty pageant.

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pink_panther_225
Oct 26, 2016

Other: This book contains a little bit of bad language including the "F word". It's not very frequently occurring. Their is also minor talk about sex and other related talk. Nothing is described just mentioned.

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