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  • Amazing YA book for both youth and adults

    I have heard so much about this book becoming a NetFlix movie that when I saw it was available to read I couldn’t pass it by. I picked up this book thinking it’d be a quick, fun, and easy YA book. While it was all of that it was also a look at real life. How many times do you walk past someone and have a thought about what they wear, how they style their hair or just their looks in general? Dumplin’ brings to attention that how everyone should be able to follow their dreams, how a person who doesn’t fit a stereotype can be just as talented, beautiful, or able as the person who does fit the stereotype. Willowdean is the daughter of a beauty pageant winner. She is overweight, calls herself fat. She doesn’t have much self esteem. Then she decides to enter the beauty pageant that her mother won so many years ago. Little did she know that other girls in her class would enter also, they would make waves, they would be laughed at, but most of all they would become friends, they would shake up their town, and they would prove that they are people who deserve respect also. The relationship between hot, jock Bo and Willowdean was tough. It was a secret, without really meaning to be. They went to different schools, worked together and hung out after work, and didn’t have much of a chance to spend time together. The Bo ends up at her school and they see each other daily. Willowdean doesn’t feel worthy of Bo but Bo sets out to win her over. I love how opposite these two are and how drawn to each other they are. They have a true to high school relationship where the opinion of peers matter, they are unsure of each other, and truly like each other. This is an amazing YA book that both youth and adults will truly enjoy and learn from. I am excited for the NetFlix release and love that I got the chance to read the book before the movie is released.

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  • Dumplin' is a dumplin'

    All one has to do is read the preview to taste how delicious this writing is. I was "there" right from the first paragraph, and as they say - "that ain't easy to do." This should be a best seller, congrats Ms. Murphy. Zane

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  • Read it

    Amazing uplifting read for ayone who had ever felt like they just arent good enough. Very easy to read,like sitting down with an old friend. I devoured it in 2 days. Now i'm hoping Manchester has its own beauty pagent.

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  • Lovely, sweet, funny and true.

    I wish I could have read this book when I was a teenager. I’m so glad that it exists now. Far too many girls (and hell, grown-ass women like myself) will recognize Willowdean’s insecurities, and it’s absolutely vital–lifesaving, even–that they see her courage. I hope readers find her story as inspiring and heartwarming as I did.

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  • Simply divine!

    The movie was what brought me here, but the book was so much more.

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