Hello dear Readers,
Below my book review of Dumplin' by Julie Murphy.
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Author: Julie Murphy
Author: Julie Murphy
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.
I had high hopes for this book but unfortunately I did not like it. I did not hate it but it was not as good as I thought it would be. I really wanted to like it, with every page I hoped the story was going to take off but it did not do it for me. The main problem I had with this book was that for most part it was confusing and weird, I felt a little bit of a mess as to what the characters, specially Dumplin were trying to show us. For a book that it seems to be about body positivism, being yourself despite of what others think I was very upset with the main character Dumplin who I felt through the whole book did not show a lot of self respect and treated herself sometimes with a very low opinion and sometimes I felt she judged the other characters who were supposed to be her friends. In general her character made me feel angry. Like I said, I kept reading because I thought it was going to get better but at the end I did not connect with characters, their feelings, their emotions, with the story. I think the story has potential but it was not well developed in my opinion. I kept waiting and hoping for that wow factor, that incredible ending but it did not happen.