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.
- Willowdean’s wit was probably my favorite part of the book. I love a good comeback, sarcasm and “wise wit”
- I have skinny friends. I was always a tank-ini girl and my some of my besties are bikinis. It is hard to feel confident when you think you should be able to wear a bikini and that everyone is looking at you. I know exactly how Willowdean had to feel with Ellen. She loves her and hates her a bit at the same time.
- Oh, Bo. Him and his red suckers had me. I was definitely book crushing on him. But, I can also relate to Willow feeling self-conscious when Bo touched her. It is hard even with my husband touching my belly, since I am sensitive to having a belly.
- I love beauty pageants in books. I think they are a fun backdrop and always cause interesting reading.
- The whole Dolly Parton influence in the book is so cute, especially when the girls take the secret little trip to the bar to listen to some performers.
- I almost felt like the girls that joined Willowdean were kinda drug through the mud. I thought they didn’t get enough development and a chance to really shine and go through the transformation Willow did.
- Willowdean’s mom made my heart hurt a little. I know that she was trying, but it was just not coming off the right way.