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.


Dumplin’ is totally in the top three books I’ve read of 2015 so far. Julie has come up with such an inspiring and unique plot, unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Dumplin’ makes you want to listen to Dolly Parton songs for hours after finishing.

Willowdean Dickson was a character that I myself could relate to a lot. Unlike most female protagonists, Willowdean felt so realistic and you get so wrapped up in her thoughts and her world that you can’t help but feel you are living her life. Also Willowdean’s character development throughout the book was such a beautiful thing to read about, Willowdean become a really strong and independent character at the end of Dumplin’, making her even more loveable than from the beginning.

Overall, I fell totally in love with everything about Dumplin’, from the characters and the humour, the love the characters all have for Dolly Parton and most importantly the message that Dumplin’ brings is a nice change to what readers are used to reading about. I recommend this book to everyone, especially teenagers that really need that boost of confidence. Reading Dumplin’ makes me want to read many more of Julie’s stories in the near future.

STAR RATING: 5/5 stars

Thank you to Penguin Teen Australia for sending me a copy of Dumplin’ to review!