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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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“Dolly Parton is singing to some mysterious Jolene who she thinks is more beautiful and more worthy than her, begging her not to take her man. It’s catchy and everyone knows the words, but to me, it's this reminder that no matter who you are, there will always be someone prettier or smarter or thinner."
This was a YA contemporary romance story, about a girl who thought she was too fat to have a relationship with a hot boy.
I felt quite sorry for Willowdean in this story. It wasn’t easy for her to be overweight in a place that loved it’s beauty queens, and the way she felt like she wasn’t good enough for the boy that she liked was also sad.
"Things didn't work out? You ended it. I didn't even get a choice."
The storyline in this was about Willowdean’s life, her relationship with her mother and her dead aunt, and her problems when it came to her love life. It was sad the way she felt like people would wonder why she was with Bo, and how she had managed to snag him when she was fat, and tried to sabotage the relationship because of that.
"Have you ever thought about what people will think? What they'll say when they see us together holding hands?"
The ending to this was fairly happy, and it was brave of Willowdean to do what she did at the pageant.
6.5 out of 10