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“Find out who you are and do it on purpose” -Dolly Parton




Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.


This book is about Willowdean, who is fat and not ashamed of it. SHe does not believe in dieting or changing her body figure- she is happy the way she is and well, I really liked that but through the book, this changes. She gets insecure and that is totally fine- everyone feels that but that was not what I signed up for in this book.

I thought she would be comfortable in her own skin and really bad-ass but how insecure she got through me off. Now, what actually made me cut down a star was the fact how it was all told. Sure, I wouldn’t have minded an insecure fat girl but the way she was expressed did not appeal to me. Then, she was also judgemental about other fat people. I mean, you don’t want to be judged so don’t judge others! period.

I’m fat, but Millie’s the type of fat that requires elastic waist pants because they don’t make pants with buttons and zippers in her size. Her eyes are too close together and her nose pinches up at the end. She wears shirts with puppies and kittens and not in an ironic way.

Then comes in Bo Larson, a cute guy that she works with and gets into a relationship with during the summer.

Now, the thing is that their relationship was not healthy at all – with Willow’s unexpressed insecurity and lack of communication from Bo’s side. I was sad, yet happy when they broke it off.

Here, I’d also like to say that I did not like how Willowdean’s relationship with her best friend, Ellen was progressing either. I mean, there was a total lack of communication there as well and that totally pointed towards an upcoming falling out.

In school, we meet Mitch who, as it turns out, is interested in Willow too! This was pretty unrealistic but I went along with it. This was the beginning of the love-triangle which was not-so-great.

In a love triangle, one person is always leading another one on and in this case, it was Willow leading on Mitch and comparing him to BO at all times which made me really dislike Willow.

I came to realise that Willow was very selfish and well, she told her best friend to not participate in the pageant – what was that if not selfish?! Her self-centeredness was the down-point that I couldn’t handle.

The book was also supposed to be about the pageant but that did not come in until halfway through.


Till then, we were stuck with a romance that I did not like very much. Moreover, the book was too slow-paced for me to be able to enjoy it completely.

But, I gave it three stars because the beginning was pretty good and well, it kind of inspired me. Also, I liked the end and how Willowdean ends up coming back to reality and realised things.

Anyways, what did you all think of my post? Have you all read this book? What did you people think about it? Tell me in the comments below. Will be waiting to hear from you all, it means a lot to me.

Peace out cuties ♥

-Jayati xx


16 thoughts on “Dumplin’

  1. Aw I’m sorry this wasn’t what you hoped it to be. And I agree, I thought this was all about her not having any insecurity (most of the time). And yeah, really selfish characters can break a book for me, too. But I’m glad at least the beginning and ending were good 🙂


  2. I actually agree with a lot of what you’re saying here. I was not in love with Dumplin’. It was an okay book. Believe it or not, the second one is better. The book about Millie (Puddin’) has WAY better content and even has more humor as well.

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  3. I agree. I actually saw the movie and was thinking about reading the book, but thought if it was anything like the show, I would pass.
    P.S. – I love your meme at the bottom of your page – I love Game of Thrones!

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  4. I was really not liking the vibe I got from the trailers on Netflix and when I heard it was a book I got even more skeptical, I think we’ve had some things lately that are trying to do things the right way but end up backtracking on themselves. Dumplin’ reminded me of like I know this isn’t a book, Sierra Burgess is a Loser, they glorified catfishing in that and Sierra came out just looking completely selfish. I want some amazing reads and Netflix shows to help restore my faith lol.

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    1. Yeah, I read it with my book club – Diverse Divers. The start was slow and then it got worse, so well I decided not to watch the movie in the end.
      Yes! Like Meghan’s All ABout The Bass wanted to say that it is okay if women are curvy and that it is good too but it came out as something against, thin and lean women.
      I hope so too. xx

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