Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson, a.k.a. Dumplin', couldn't be more different than her former beauty pageant-winning mother. She's completely at home with who she is and doesn't care if the residents of her beauty-obsessed Texas town (or the world, for that matter) judge her for her appearance. It's only when pretty boy jock Bo shows an interest in her that Will begins to wonder "what if...". Rather than wallowing in self-doubt, Will enrolls her plus-sized self in the annual Miss Teen Blue Bonnet pageant. No matter if she wins the crown or not, Will is determined to prove a big girl belongs on the stage just as much as her skinnier peers. Not only that, she'll have the time of her life while she's at it. One thing is for certain, the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet pageant will never be the same.
Author Julie Murphy's novel is awesome! I absolutely loved the character of Willowdean: Her humor, her conficence, her quirkiness. She's not the sort of girl who bemoans her appearance and wishes she were different (or nearly starves herself to become so). Instead she owns her curves and is totally comfortable with who she is, inside and out. This sort of attitude is inspirational for everyone, whether they believe they are too fat, too skinny, too short, too tall, too freckled...too whatever. Dumplin' is a definite must read for everyone who ever needed a boost of self-confidence. Highly, highly, highly recommended--AJB