Blogmas Book Review – Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

GoodReads Summary:
It is a companion novel to Dumplin’, which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean’s star turn in the Clover City pageant.
Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.
This book is the companion novel to the currently very popular book Dumplin’ that was recently made into a Netflix original movie. I listened to the audio for Dumplin’ not too long ago (read my thoughts here.) I liked it well enough so I requested Pudding’ from my library. When it became available, I wasn’t all that excited because I didn’t totally love the first book. I listened to this story in two days.
I listened to most of this book in one day while making dinner and baking Christmas treats. While baking I was literally laughing out loud causing my husband to ask me if I was okay and what was I laughing at because he couldn’t see my headphones in my ears listening to my book.
I loved learning more about Millie, I also loved getting to see the dynamics between the friend group of Ellen, Willowdean, Amanda, and Hannah. I also really enjoyed seeing how Callie was going to fit into this group. These girls had me laughing and crying, saying what the hell are you doing but also go girl! I loved the characters.
My favorite part about Puddin’ was all of the topics it touches on. All of the different characters experience different struggles from their weight to their race, being bullied and being the bully. This was an inspiring story that leaves you with the message of always chasing after your dreams and not letting anything (least of all societal expectations) get in you way.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Please go read it now. Or listen to it because that’s what I did. I listened to the audio which has two narrators, much to my surprise. I love books with multiple narrators, so I was pleasantly surprised. I thought the narrators both did an excellent job telling the stories of Millie and Callie. Okay, now go read this book and come back and tell me you loved it too.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Book Review – Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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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