Wednesday 27 January 2016

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

All the best thing in my life have started with a Dolly Parton song. Including my friendship with Ellen Dryver. 

Published on the 28th January 2016 by Balzer and Bray, an imprint of Harper Collins. 
Pages - 375

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. 
This is the book that every girl should read! Willowdean is a wonderful protagonist. Most of the time she is comfortable in her skin, but like every female she has wobbles. It is not easy in our society to love the way we look and we are constantly thrown images that make us doubt ourselves. 
Willowdean's decision to take part in the pageant is brilliant. She shows us that size doesn't affect how beautiful we are. It is only society brainwashing us into thinking that skinny is gorgeous. Willowdean shows hands down how it isn't. I am so pleased that Willowdean didn't decide that she had to lose weight to conform. She stayed strong in her beliefs and her own skin, making her one of my most favourite characters this year. The fact that the other girls follow her is just the icing on the cake. I loved Amanda, Millie and Hannah! They are such brilliant characters. They reminded me of the girls in Pitch Perfect. The scene during the Dolly Parton Night will stay with me for ever. 
This is a brilliantly, funny read with an excellent cast of characters. 
Throw out those scales ladies, big is beautiful and don't let anyone tell you differently. 

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