Dumplin’ is the new young adult novel by Julie Murphy. The book tells the story of 16 year old Willowdean Dickson, a self-proclaimed “fat girl.” Willowdean is the daughter of a former beauty queen living in sunny Texas. She loves Dolly Parton, her recently deceased aunt Lucy, and her best friend Ellen, but this summer and school year are going to change everything. She and El are drifting apart in ways that Willowdean doesn’t understand. Meanwhile, she meets Private School Bo, who works with her at a local fast food joint. She is instantly attracted to Bo, but she’s surprised when he seems to like her back.
This is a great story about accepting yourself as you are, and how hard that is – even when the people you care about already do accept you.
Submitted by staff: LMB