Today I am lucky enough to be co-hosting the opening of Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ Blog Tour. Of course I have the usual book and author deets, my review and a few fab and inspirational quote pictures from the book itself. And, I also have a fantastic excerpt of the first chapter for you to read and get excited about too. I’m sure it will make you want to pre-order the book.
Before I start, I would just like to thank, Julie herself and Alice from 360 for asking me to take part of this tour. Thank you, ladies.
So, let’s go…
💋 Book Description: Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean 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 Teen Blue Bonnet 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.
💋 Author Details:
Julie Murphy is a potty-mouthed Southern belle who was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but found her home in Fort Worth, Texas. She’s never seen Star Wars, but has yet to meet a made for TV movie she didn’t love. When she’s not writing, Julie can be found cruising Costco for free samples, watching Sister Act 2, stalking drag queens on instagram, obsessing over the logistics of Mars One, and forever searching for the perfect slice of cheese pizza. She lives with her bearded husband, two vicious cats, and one pomeranian that can pass as a bear cub. DUMPLIN’ is her second young adult novel.
You can get more information about Julie and her work here at her website: http://juliemurphywrites.com
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💋 My Review: When a book can empower, inspire, and offer guidance and solace to its reader, then that is a book that should be shouted about and given awards, am I right? Dumplin’ is a great book and offers everything stated above. It will empower, inspire, educate, and it will most definitely help people in similar circumstances to heroine, Will and her friends. Now, saying that though, this is where it gets really hard for me because there was just a few things I thought were missing that could have given me the chance to fully absorb myself into the pages and into the feelings of the characters more, and this would have given me much much more. For me, if you can’t fully absorb yourself into both the story and characters when you are reading, then there’s really just no point.
The plot is really great, like I’ve said already it has the potential to be a huge help in making people understand the whole social structure and that what society deems as right and wrong is basically total bullshit. That is fabulous! The whole be who you are regardless of your insecurities and differences, and embracing the you who doesn’t fit into what today is classed as beautiful and right, is what is needed right now and Dumplin’ can be the initiator into helping people be happy or happier in themselves and to most importantly change their ways in thinking, whether it be someone who’s trying to fit in, or someone who is nothing but negative to people who they don’t think fit in kind of thing.
Character wise there is a good but small selection of interesting, remarkable, bold, and unconventional people. This works perfectly and allows us to try connect with each one individually, to get into their personal mindset and issues, and also together as a group form. Some books that are set in High Schools can give just that bit too much character wise which results in it becoming confusing and tedious, so I really do like the number of characters in this book.
Now, here we come to our heroine, WillowDean Dickson. As I said earlier you need that connection to the characters and for me, I just didn’t get that with her. One of the main reasons was because I couldn’t picture her in my head whatsoever. There wasn’t really any description given about her, all I knew was that she was blonde and fat. Like how fat’s fat? What’s her height? Eye colour? How am I supposed to get into a book about body perception and self-hatred if I can’t picture the main character in which these issues are based? If you can’t picture her then you can’t become her, and you need to become her so you can learn and understand more. Do you know what I mean?
Another thing that I found a bit strange with her was that she absolutely hates herself, and she also hates how people look at her, and talk about her, and say things about her. That’s all good and well, but if that is something she really hates, then why does she do it to others? Multiple times throughout the book she commented on people’s looks and body size and it was not in a narrative way so we could understand what she meant either, it was just her slagging them off really. That didn’t sit right with me at all. I also found her so self-obsessed and so woe me that she grated on my nerves and in the end bored me. If the main character bores you, then of course the book is not going to be great as it could.
I know it doesn’t seem like it but I did like Dumplin’, and I’m sure you can tell I did with some of the comments I’ve made. I stand by, and up, for the voice that is inside of it, and I want it to do well so it can inspire and ignite peace in people’s hearts. I also loved ALL the Dolly Parton elements. It’s just a shame that I couldn’t get into WillowDean’s character. And because of that it unfortunately took a big chunk of the book away from me. I would most definitely recommend it to you though. Our opinions differ remember and that’s what brings diversity and discussions into our book chats. And we all love our book chats.
A book of power, substance, self-acceptance, family, romance, friendship, Dolly Parton and love.
💋 Links to buy:
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Dumplin-Julie-Murphy/9780062327185
Apologies for anyone viewing this via desktop. I understand some of the pictures are huge and that the excerpt is extra huge. It’s been done via mobile as I can’t find my laptop charger.