Dumplin'Book - 2015
From Library Staff
AH-mazing! So realistic, it felt like I was reading my high school diary, like I've found my long lost self, and I just can't help but keep smiling and cheering her on.
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, sti... Read More »
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.
JCLHeatherM Nov 13, 2018
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder in Julie Murphy's novel - soon to be a major motion picture.
JCLKariE Feb 28, 2018
Willowdean is my new hero! Her dialogue is hilarious. This book has it all: Dolly Parton, beauty pageants, and boys, It also grapples with tough issues: body image, fights with your best friend, and a confusing boy. I laughed. I cried. I enjoyed every part of this book thoroughly.
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“I wish I would’ve had friends that were going after things they weren’t supposed to have.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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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pink_panther_225 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over