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Soon to be a Netflix film--featuring 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: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers, 2015.
ISBN: 9780062327208
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Alternative Title: Dumpling


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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 »

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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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).

JCLHeatherM Nov 13, 2018

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder in Julie Murphy's novel - soon to be a major motion picture.

Sep 11, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was a great story of a young girl and her perspective growing up in pageant culture. I'm looking forward to the second book, and the movie.

Aug 17, 2018

Dumplin', by the author Julie Murphy, is a very interesting book. This book is about a teenage girl named Willowdean that considers herself a plus-size. She is a daughter of a former beauty pageant queen. Willowdean - her mother calls her Dumplin' - was being pressured by her mother to diet with her so Will can also sign up for the pageant. I very much enjoyed reading this novel. It really touched me that many teenagers deal with body shame. An area of the novel that I had not liked was every time Willowdean introduces herself, she would call herself "fat". Overall, this book was very heartwarming and full of comedy. I strongly rate this book a 9/10.
- @YoumnaLovesBooks of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeKayla Jul 27, 2018

Started with the book ended with the audio, I recommend either. Such a refreshing and much needed voice, the characters were incredibly relatable and unique, and the plot had me both surprised and happy with the outcome.

Jul 26, 2018

Absoutly amazing! I was having some trouble accepting the way I look, and this book totally boosted my confindence! Will for sure read more books by this author!

Apr 14, 2018

In Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, Willowdean Dickson, who describes herself as a”fat girl”, struggles in her beauty-pageant-obsessed town with her body image. Will spends her life with her mother and best friend, who were both conventional beauties, and related only to her aunt Lucy, who died of a heart attack before the book began. She begins the novel as a girl who is fairly comfortable in her own skin, but has moments when she feels abnormal. She then hits it off with a boy she thinks is extremely attractive and has the time of her life with him, but with one major downside: when she's with him, she feels insecure, but she doesn't see why she should feel that way. She joins the ever-popular beauty pageant in Clover City, which her beauty queen mother runs, to prove to the town and most of all, herself, that anyone can be a beauty queen.
Surprisingly, I enjoyed the novel moderately, seeing as this kind of book is not exactly the type of thing I usually read. It was a good contemporary novel and dealt with a spectrum of body image issues, focusing on weight. Such issues are very prevalent today, and I think it's safe to say that most people, regardless of age, race or gender have experienced them at one point or another. The author did a wonderful job of mixing in familial and relationship conflicts without necessarily making them central but rather focusing on Will’s internal struggles at the beginning, but they later bled into the struggles of other girls, morphing them into a shared issue. I believe that more realistically these types of issues are not shared with other people and remain within oneself. I was also left with many questions at the end, but I felt that the outcome of the sequence of events itself was unpredictable and suited the characters themselves. I thought it was a nice change from the usual traditional beauties who star in most books aimed at the teenage demographic redefines beauty standards as ridiculous and unimportant rather than something to actively strive for in order to live a complete life. Just a little heads up, the book contains a substantial amount of cursing and romance, so if that bothers you a whole lot I suggest you keep away. I recommend this for people who are looking for a book that deals with such internal struggles as well as family, friendship and relationship issues. I also highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys contemporary novels.

Mar 29, 2018

I just finished Dumplin’ and I am so happy I found this book! The story of Willowdean is captivating, relatable, emotional, and sometimes humourous. I truly loved this book.

SPPL_Anna Mar 24, 2018

When I finished Dumplin' I felt like I finally released a breath I didn't realize I was holding. Willowdean's insecurities coupled with her bold attitude really resonated with me.

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Oct 26, 2016

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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.”

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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Sep 05, 2016

Fat girl Willowdean Dickson enters a beauty pageant.


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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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