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"Dumplin'" By Julie Murphy

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy tells the story of Willowdean Dickson, a self-proclaimed fat girl and a Dolly Parton enthusiast who owns her size and doesn't shy away from it.

Murphy captures the challenges, and the triumphs of Willowdean's sophomore year when she lost her Aunt and role model to a heart attack. Her mind is taken off this tragedy by a new love interest, Bo. But for the first time in her life, she doesn't feel comfortable in her skin. He makes her feel self-conscious.

She eventually loses him and her best friend, and finds triumph amidst drag queens, unconventionally entering a beauty pageant and breaking the rules.

Two of Willowdean's most personable traits were how realistic and relatable she was. She believed there was no perfect body for a bikini and anyone could wear a bikini at any size.

But despite being a lady to look up to for body positive inspiration, we also see her struggles and that Willow is not confident one hundred per cent of the time.

In the moments when she feels self-conscious, she reminds herself that every girl alive does too, at different times.

This book reminds us that being a size small is no requirement for doing or deserving good things, and weight loss is not always a solution.

Dumplin' highlights the ways our world fails to accommodate different body types and how public places can be a pain, reminding people of different sizes and abilities that the spaces weren't designed with them in mind.

This book is not only for "fat" girls, but for anyone who has ever struggled with accepting and loving their bodies the way they are. This should be your next read if you haven't read it yet. Grab a copy here and view our previous review of the book here for more details.

Submitted by: Kelechi


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