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.
About the Author
Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time. When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure. She is also the author of the young adult novels Dumplin’ (now a film on Netflix), Puddin’, Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. You can visit Julie at www.juliemurphywrites.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.