Monday, November 23, 2015
Book Review: "Dumplin'" by Julie Murphy
Willowdean is not a perfect character.... she makes some questionable choices, and even leads a very nice boy on all while saying she doesn't want to lead him on. It isn't very nice of her, especially when she seems so brutally honest with everyone else. But she has a strong sense of self, and an inner confidence that I wish I had. She owns her body, and stands up for herself. I really liked that. This book is pretty funny and amusing too, which I very much enjoyed. I want to mention specific scenes, but I don't want to spoil the fun for you!
I also appreciated that even beyond having a main character that is not necessarily thin and gorgeous (or thin and girl-next-door pretty), there are other typical YA Lit "norms" that are not included. The majority of the families are not two parent & happily married. No one is "rich" or well-off. Not everyone in the school is going off to college. And its all okay.
by Julie Murphy
Balzer + Bray, 2015