Dumplin’ (Dumplin’, #1) by Julie Murphy

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this a lot more than other reviews led me to believe I would. I liked Willowdean and her confidence even though she could be a total asshole. And she was. a TOTAL. ASSHOLE. But I feel like that’s pretty typical of high school students, especially when you’re overweight and bullied and insecure about your body and what people are saying about it. Willowdean had a lot right, she did her best to be confident and to stick up for herself and other people.

I didn’t like her attitude towards the other “misfits” (for lack of a better word) in the book. She acted as though she was somehow better than the other girls and they needed Willowdean, a cool, better, more normal girl to make sure everything turned out okay for them. It was sort of obnoxious, but not enough to make me hate her.

The worst part of this book was Willowdean’s relationships with boys. I didn’t quiet get why they liked her. Bo and Willowdean don’t interact very much before they’re kissing outside of Harpy’s and the football player asks her out on the first day of school. I would have liked to have seen these relationships develop before I was supposed to believe that these boys thought Willowdean was the best thing since sliced bread.

Overall this was a really good read that I enjoyed, but I wouldn’t read it if you’re looking for a satisfying romance. This book honestly could have done without the romance component and focused more on Willowdean and her development.

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