Friday, November 6, 2015
Book Review: Dumplin'
From Goodreads: 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.
My thoughts: So I had somehow not been aware of this book until about a month before it came out when my Twitter feed exploded with people posting about it. I resisted the hype for maybe a week before finally going to Goodreads to see what this was all about. I then immediately put in a library hold for this book. I had to read it.
As someone who was very similar to Willowdean in high school I felt a good connection to her. I honestly wish this book had been around when I was a young adult. I think 15 year old me really should have been able to read this. Willowdean is such a kick ass character. She's lively, she's feisty, she's smart, she's brave, she's insecure, she's figuring it all out still. She's amazing.
I loved this book and it made me go look up more than one Dolly Parton song on Youtube, which I call a good thing.