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The irresistible companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dumplin’, soon to be a major motion picture starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston!
Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream of being a newscaster—and to kiss the boy she’s crushing on.
Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend.
When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined.
A story about unexpected friendship, romance, and Texas-size girl power, this is another winner from Julie Murphy.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.80(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Julie Murphy is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’, Puddin', Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. She lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, traveling, or hunting down the perfect slice of pizza. Before writing full time, she held numerous jobs, such as wedding dress consultant, failed barista, and, ultimately, librarian. Learn more about her at www.juliemurphywrites.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
fivestar_transparent If you read Dumplin', you loved it. (If you didn't love it, I'm not sure you read Dumplin'.) It's bold, it's affirming, it's one of the most perfect, heartwarming, and riotous self love journeys in contemporary YA. This May, actual goddess Julie Murphy blessed us with a companion novel, Puddin', starring Millie and Callie, two side characters from Dumplin'. There are lots of fantastic things to say about Puddin', but I'm going to keep it short, and avoid spoilers wherever possible. Here we go! Chronologically, it takes place in the months following Dumplin'. Millie has already had a transformative self love experience in the Clover City beauty pageant. So, unlike Willowdean, Millie's journey is not one of self love, it's demanding that the rest of the world respect her as much as she respects herself. This represents an evolution of the self love journey that most stories leave to the epilogue, so I really admire and appreciate that we get to immerse ourselves in that struggle with Millie. Who, let's be real, is one of the most perfect role models for young women ever. May we all be as optimistic and hard working and determined and true to ourselves as Millie. As for our other narrator...I struggled with Callie. I disliked being inside her head. She's mean, she's petty, and she's selfish. It was a strange experience to so actively root against someone. Even with anti-heroes, I think you're supposed to want them to succeed, but (for the most part) I didn't want Callie to achieve her goals because her goals were mean, petty, and selfish. However, upon reflection, I think that's pretty brilliant. We all know girls like Callie. Those Slytherin girls exist, and their experiences are just as worthy of time on the page as soft Hufflepuffs or bold Gryffindors. As a writer, I have mad respect for Murphy's ability to take a prickly, highly unlikable character and give them positive growth, dimension, and redemption without sacrificing the core of who they are. Everyone does stupid stuff in high school, but not everyone overcomes the stupid stuff they do in high school, and I think Callie's journey provides a fantastic road map on how to do that. So, the characters are A+. The plot? Also solid. I really cannot rec this widely enough!
So it took me a bit to remember some of the characters from the previous novel. Plot was a bit predictable, but overall I really enjoyed it!
Enjoyable, super easy read. Read it in one sitting. Liked it as much as the first book.
Even if you pick up Puddin' and haven't read Julie Murphy's previous novel Dumplin', you're sure to leave the table satisfied. Millie Michalchuk is one of two protagonists in this young adult novel that in alternating chapters with Callie Reyes tells a tale of competition, winning, losing, making good and bad decisions, family, and most of all the power of female friendships with total acceptance of one another, blooms and thorns in all. Millie is a fat high school junior. Don't worry, she does not think of "fat" as anything but a descriptor because it does not define who she is. Her essence is Millie, with her good heart, her optimism, her intelligence, her sense of humor, and her loyalty. She faces foes daily in many ways, such as when a boorish classmate oinks whenever she passes near his vicinity. Working hard at being a top student, hanging out with friends, having a secret crush, and deciding not to attend Daisy Ranch this upcoming summer frame her days and nights while she also holds down a part time job at her uncle's boxing gym. Callie Reyes is a classmate of Millie, but from an entirely different social sphere, one of the dance team's major candidate for captain her senior year. Callie has been a 'Queen Bee' for so long that she has never learned how to be a girl's girlfriend, instead learning how to look out only for herself over time. Until now. As an adult long gone from high school, I enjoy young adult novels when they are well written, have compelling characters, have a few twists, and don't push typical teen stereotypes. Julie Murphy does a fine job in writing a story with real people at the center, not just another tale of a fat girl. In fact, other than the few times Millie has to deal with others' prejudices and name calling, or her own insecurity, a reader wouldn't necessarily consider her size or think of her as that. Don't get me wrong, when it is important for the reader to understand or empathize, Murphy pulls no punches in using the f-word. I think just about any teen girl would enjoy this story and possibly even learn a bit about friendship and acceptance.
“I guess … well, that’s what stories do. They connect people. Stories change hearts and then hearts change the world.” So this book was sweet and hilarious. Puddin’ follows Millie Michalchuk and Callie Reyes after circumstances force the pair together. The girls, who are as different as can be, start to develop one unexpected friendship. Things I Liked I loved Millie. I thought she was this effervescent bubble of sunshine and positivity. She was optimistic t the point of naivety, just a happy person who is a joy to be around. I’m all about friendships in books so the fantastic girl group that Millie surrounds herself with was great to see. I lived that each girl had their own personality and opinions. They weren’t carbon copies of each other, but they made this supportive, encouraging, and unstoppable group. Millie and Malik were so freaking sweet, adorable, cute, and all the other fluffy, feel-good adjectives. Everytime they shared the page I was a goofy, smiling mess. Things I Didn’t Like I didn’t like Callie at all. She was a horrible person and I didn’t find any of her traits to be redeeming. I also didn’t really see any growth, so my feeling stayed pretty negative toward her for the entire book. With her being the other POV character, it did bring my enjoyment level down a bit. Millie’s mom also kinda sucked. I wanted her to embrace Millie as she was, not who she had the potential to be after she lost a few pounds. Puddin’ was definitely an enjoyable read and made me want to pick up Dumplin’. I’m always here for friendship stories and the good outweighed the bad for me. All-in-all this was a fun read, perfect for the transition to summer. I received a copy of the book from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 stars I loved Dumplin’ so I knew I would be reading Puddin’ when I found out it was happening. And honestly, I was a little let down that it wasn’t the girl romance that cover and synopsis made me think it was. Millie and Callie are okay MCs. Mille is ridiculously positive and Callie is ridiculously negative and while I liked them well enough, I didn’t feel connected to either of them. I didn’t care for the way Callie’s actions were addressed — she didn’t catch on to how her actions affected people and no one bothered to inform her. There are several secondary characters and the story does rely on needing to be familiar with the other girls from Dumplin. Of course I didn’t remember them, so I was a bit left out of some of the jokes and possible mentions from the previous book. Plot wise, it moved slower than I was expecting. Lots of small things happened that didn’t seem to work up towards anything substantial. By the time I got to the end, I was a little surprised that it was over at that point. It’s not a cliffhanger, yet it felt unfinished. Don’t get me wrong, it was an enjoyable read. There are several scenes of girls supporting girls, talk of body positivity, diversity, and representation. I guess I was expecting a lot more from this one and didn’t quite get what I wanted. **Huge thanks to Balzer + Bray for providing the arc free of charge**