Thursday, September 17, 2015
Review: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
The main character is Willowdean Dickson. She is a little overweight, enough so that she is insecure about it to a point. But not a lot. She's got a best friend named Ellen, who is very pretty, but also very nice. Most of the time Will is comfortable with herself, although most often a kind of 3rd wheel in a way to El and her boyfriend Tim. Will works at a restaurant called Harpy's. There's a cute private school boy named Bo that works there. Will has kind of had a crush on him, and he's always just been kind of friendly. Until one night that summer when he kisses her. And then they keep kissing. But it's always when they're somewhere alone, and Willow wonders if that means he doesn't want anyone to know. At the same time El has decided it is time to go all the way with Tim. Will feels a bit left behind, and it is even worse because El is now hanging out with a girl named Callie from the clothing store where she works. Soon Will is keeping the secret about Bo, and El seems to not be talking to Will about everything, telling Callie more, and they kind of drift apart.
Now I didn't mention that Will's mom runs the big annual beauty pageant in town, something she's never really acted like Will, or Dumplin' as her mom calls her, should try to be a part of. NOt only that, but her aunt Luce has recently passed away, partly because of being very obese, and Will had always felt closest to her, closer than to her mom. Soon Will decides she is going to enter the pageant, to make a statement. And from there, all kinds of hell breaks loose.
As I read through the book I just knew at first that there was no way Bo could really be such a cute guy, and really be attracted to her. Like Will I just knew there had to be something wrong with him, he had to be playing her or something. But I wanted so bad for him to really be the guy he seemed to be. And then there was the horrible fight that Will has with El. And while I understood somewhat why Will didn't want El to be in the pageant, I also didn't understand. I mean how much better to have your best friend in something so scary? But again, the reasons behind why she said what she did, and the way they all acted, to me they seemed very realistic.
In the end I was happy with how it went, I won't tell you exactly what happens, who ends up with who, etc. I will just tell you it is a good ending, a happy one.