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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