Book Review: Dumplin by Julie Murphy (Dumplin’ #1)

My book review of Dumplin comes at the wake of the fact that the movie for the book is already in works and starring none other than Jennifer Aniston. The news of which we have already covered a couple of days back on our blog. The book is fabulous for the fact that it doesn’t preach.

Dumplin by Julie Murphy
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Dumplin by Julie Murphy- Official Synopsis

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 by Julie Murphy
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Dumplin by Julie Murphy- RWAT Take

Julie Murphy’s book doesn’t not hover over obesity or trying to get super thin in fact the book simply embraces and teaches others to embraces the irregularities of life and our bodies. No where in the book does one feel that it is getting heavy or too emotional to handle. The book is a breezy read partly hilarious, partly emotional but never ever getting too high to be not able to recover from emotional outburst.

Beauty pageants are stereotyped. super thin girls reigning the pageants with their flawless skin, body and perfect hair. Never once would one think that a chubby girl would dare enter a beauty contest but Willowdean Dickson did. Even worst is the fact that her mom is in charge of this pageant and also willow’s worst critics. So she not only has to bear taunts but also prove to everybody including her mom that everyone is beautiful even with their faults.

The best part of the Dumplin is that the book doesn’t hover. It glides through the facts and scenes easily and doesn’t keep pushing you on one particular topic. The scenes and instances moves quickly and the pace is absolutely brilliant and moreover the narration makes it easy to get absorbed into the whole plot


Dumplin by Julie Murphy
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Its a smooth and quick read. Nothing that would keep you drained for hours. The naturally and the smooth flow of the book keep the reading light and entertaining

Before the movie hits the screens i think everyone should give it a try for its simplicity and elegance and the fact that in so little words it does say a lot of things

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