BOOK REVIEW: DUMPLIN'
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.
This book is seriously amazing!!! Willowdean is such an inspiration and is SO relatable! There were so many moments in this book where I understood exactly what she was going through and how she was feeling! I love how she is totally unashamed with her body, but has days where she feels self conscious. I wouldn't consider what I am about to say as a "spoiler" just because it's pretty obvious that Bo is the main guy in the novel, but I wanted to talk a little about Mitch. I seriously LOVE Mitch!!! I was totally in his corner the whole novel, but I knew that she was inevitably going to end up with Bo. It's not that I don't like Bo, I think he is a great character, I just really hated how he handled certain situations. Although the red sucker thing was pretty darn cute. I could go on and on and on about this book, but I won't. Just do yourself a favour and pick it up!
"Perfection is nothing more than a phantom shadow we're all chasing."
"There's something about swimsuits that make you think you've got to earn the right to wear them. Really the criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it."
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