[Waiting on Wednesday #3] Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy


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.

Is the blurb from Goodreads enough to convince you how much I want and NEED to read this wonderful book? Well, if you knew me personally, you would know that:

  1. Just like Willowdean, I, too, am 100% Dumplin’ material.
  2. I am absolutely head over heels over the idea of “Love” in general, and seeing that someone like Willowdean, who’s Dumplin’ material, found love, makes me really want to read about it. So maybe I could get some tips for myself! Haha!
  3. I am not a stranger to experiencing the decline of my self-esteem. I am a confident individual, but sometimes, there are instances that will bring you down, and every day isn’t as good as the last one, and maybe reading about how Will overcame this instance is something that makes me excited about this book.

There! I’ve listed it all down! I would have listed some more but this post is getting too personal for my own comfort.

For Philippine Residents, you may be aware of how National Book Store held Twitter contests with a Dumplin’ ARC for a prize. I am so sad that I wasn’t able to obtain and win one but I’m glad I have friends who are willing to lend their prize copies to me! Yes, I’m talking about you, Jayvee! ♥

Are you excited for this book as well? What makes you excited for it?


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