Dumplin'

Dumplin'

Book Club Kit - 2015
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Now a popular Netflix feature film, starring Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, and Dove Cameron, as well as a soundtrack from Dolly Parton!

The #1 New York Times bestseller and feel-good YA of the year--about Willowdean Dixon, the fearless, funny, and totally unforgettable heroine who takes on her small town's beauty pageant.

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 girl does.

Along the way, she'll shock the hell out of Clover City--and maybe herself most of all.

Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062327192
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB DUMPLIN
Characteristics: 10 books (375 pages), 1 discussion guide, 1 bag.

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"Dubbed "Dumplin'" by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean 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 Wi... Read More »

"Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete inthe beauty pageant her mother runs.&q... Read More »

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LPL_KimberlyL Apr 07, 2016

A hilarious and empowering story of a curvy girl obsessed with Dolly Parton, who decides to enter a local beauty pageant to regain confidence in herself. A story about friendship, family, and not holding yourself back from getting what you want. Willowdean is my new favorite heroine--read this, a... Read More »

Readers won't be able to help but cheer for Willowdean, an overweight teen who loves Dolly Parton and enters a local beauty pageant to prove a point to her mom, her town, and herself. Funny and moving, this is just a delight to read. The small town Texas town comes alive, the complicated friendsh... Read More »


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MourningStar
May 29, 2019

Spreydon & Riccarton

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hsunseri
May 18, 2019

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jreinfried
Apr 01, 2019

A wonderful, uplifting little story that, while pretty predictable, still was able to tug at my heartstrings and leave me feeling happier and motivated to be myself. The book itself is a bit slow, but nothing in it ever bored me, and the chapters are short. I like the author, and will check out more of her work.

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CASSIE ERIN MAUL
Mar 29, 2019

I first heard of this book because they are making a movie out of it. Usually, when that happens, I am skeptical about said book. But then I found this book in the library and read the synopsis. It actually sounded intriguing, so, even though I was still hesitant, I checked out the book. I am glad I did.

'Dumplin'' is a wonderful look at how society affects the way people both perceive people and what it can do to your own way of thinking. If we are honest with ourselves as girls and women, we often see ourselves as 'not good enough.' One reason for this is that men are excited visually, so we think if we're not perfect, they will leave us.

Enter Willowdean Dickson, a self-proclaimed fat girl. She is fine with herself until a boy shows interest. Then, as it can often happen when you fall in love, she takes a look at herself and begins to wonder. Throughout this book, she learns and grows as a person, and what better way than to enter a beauty pageant?

This is a heartwarming book that also douses us in the cold reality of how society acts when somebody doesn't conform to what is deemed to be 'normal' and how to make your own path. Whether it is Willowdean herself or the new friends she makes, all outcasts like her, this book teaches valuable lessons about how you should really look at yourself, and what can happen when you do. I recommend this book to all teenagers, and even adults, who see themselves through society's eyes, and who aren't content with the labels put on them.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Feb 19, 2019

You can't help but love Willowdean. She's trying to get by in a world that is full of beauty pageants (one of which her mother won years ago), along with teenage angst. I read the book before seeing the movie because I wanted to see what the hype was about, and I wasn't disappointed. Fast, fun read.

JCLHebahA Feb 07, 2019

I feel like I need to hand in my bookworm card to say this, but here goes: I think I liked the movie better than the book. Gasp. The spirit and voice were right, but the book contains one of my least favorite YA tropes: the dreaded love triangle. Still a fun read with a strong sense of voice, still an important book, just not a favorite.

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alyssaburns28
Dec 19, 2018

This book is way better than the Netflix movie. Was going to give it a 5 as I couldn't put it down, however the middle seemed to drag out a little bit. Quick and easy read. Loved the meaning behind it.

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leslie_d_
Dec 12, 2018

Willowdean “Dumplin’” Dickson holds two rare distinctions in young adult fiction as being a heroine of her own story who is comfortable in her own skin and who is fat.

Julie Murphy writes a funny, charming and empowering novel in Dumplin. She’s thoughtful and smart about it; she challenges and entertains…all marks of a great storyteller. It was worth the risk to return to high school drama for this one. An adult character laments, “I wish I would’ve had friends that were going after things they weren’t supposed to have.” These are the friends and stories Julie Murphy writes, pushing back against the cultural scripts where few, if any, are allowed/deserving to be who they really are.

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cannotbeheard
Dec 05, 2018

Originally I thought I would give this a 5 star but brought it down because of the ending. Without spoiling anything, I will say, it felt incomplete. I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it. Especially to anyone who has never struggled with their weight. I could relate to the main character a lot. She was spot on with her insecurities, and with how it feels to try to have confidence and how people will still bring you down. If you've never experienced some of the things Willowdean describes in this book, I think this will put it into perspective so that you can understand how some things come across and why people can be sensitive to certain things. Overall this had a good message and I am excited to read the next one.

In Dumplin’, we meet Willowdean, a 16-year-old girl a little on the chubbier side who lives in a small Texas town. Willowdean is confident and funny–and crushing hard on the cute jock who works at the fast food restaurant with her. Willowdean’s self image and self-confidence get skewed when she discovers that her crush likes her back. All of a sudden, she’s anxious about how people will view them as a couple. On a whim, she decides to enter the town beauty pageant run by her mother with a number of misfits from school. This young adult book was charming and engrossing. I finished it in a day. (Submitted by Meghan).

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leslie_d_
Dec 12, 2018

“I wish I would’ve had friends that were going after things they weren’t supposed to have.”

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leslie_d_
Dec 12, 2018

“If you don’t’ sign that form, you’re saying I’m not good enough. You’re saying that most every girl in that room right now is prettier and more deserving than me. That’s what you’re telling me.”

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leslie_d_
Dec 12, 2018

“You don’t deserve to win anything or be in any pageant until you make the effort and do the work. maybe fat girls or girls with limps or girls with big teeth don’t usually win beauty pageants. Maybe that’s not the norm. but the only way to change that is to be present. We can’t expect the same things these other girls do until we demand it. Because no one’s lining up to give us sh*t, Will.”

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leslie_d_
Dec 12, 2018

“There’s something about swimsuits that make you think you’ve got to earn the right to wear them. And that’s wrong. Really, the criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“I've wasted a lot of time in my life. I've thought too much about what people will say or what they're gonna think. And sometimes it's over silly things like going to the grocery store or going to the post office. But there have been times when I really stopped myself from doing something special. All because I was scared someone might look at me and decide I wasn't good enough. But you don't have to bother with that nonsense. I wasted all that time so you don't have to.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“I think maybe it’s the things we don’t want to talk about that are the things people most want to hear.”

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Oct 26, 2016

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jmli
Sep 05, 2016

Fat girl Willowdean Dickson enters a beauty pageant.

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pink_panther_225
Oct 26, 2016

Other: This book contains a little bit of bad language including the "F word". It's not very frequently occurring. Their is also minor talk about sex and other related talk. Nothing is described just mentioned.

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