Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) 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 Clover City beauty 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.
With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.
Dumplin’ has been talked about in the bookish community, so when I saw the audiobook available through my library I took the chance. This was really not what I expected. From the synopsis, you think most of the book will be able Willadean participating in the pageant when in reality we don’t even hear her consider doing it until like halfway into the book.
I’m going to keep this review short because I just really don’t have that much to say. It was an okay book. I liked Will at first but the way she changed really annoyed me. I liked all of her friends. They were interesting characters.
The narrator, Eileen Stevens, really brought this story to life. She did an excellent job telling this story, giving each character a voice of their own.
As a whole, I probably wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. But not because it was bad, there’s just so many books that I would recommend first.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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