Dumplin’ is the remarkable second novel by Julie Murphy.
Our main character is a southern belle with a ton of confidence called Willowdean. She’s a big girl. Bigger then the average teenager. I prefer not to call her fat, for obvious reasons.
When Willowdean and her best friend Ellen grow apart Willowdean’s confidence is put to the test. It get’s worse when her crush actually likes her back. His hands on her body scare her and for the first time in her life she is self conscience about her body, and not in a good way.
Willowdean’s mom is a former beauty pageant queen and you can imagine a mom who’s obesessed with beauty pageant’s isn’t the one you want to cry to when you’re confidence is shaking because of your body image.
Willowdean misses her deceased by obesity aunt Lucy, who was a major part of her life, more then ever and get’s the urge to discover more about her. She decides to regain her confidence by doing the scariest thing ever: participating in the Miss Clover beauty pageant with her misfit friends and her mom as a jury member.
The story reads like a movie and it was no surprise for me Disney has shown interest in the movie rights. If I get insecure I now think about Willowdean and say to myself “This is me. Back me up or back the fuck out.”
Many thanks to Julie Murphy, who goes against the thigh-gap hype and encourage young women to follow their dreams, not their scales!
Xo Kristin Rose