Author: Julie Murphy
Date Published: September 15, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Before reading the book, all I could think of was “FINALLY! A book whose main character is fat!” I mean, she’s fat and I’m fat so I gotta feel some connections ya’know. I originally thought I’d have my confidence built after reading the book (because some books have that kind of power!). I had high expectations which sadly haven’t been met.
Yes the book was about a fat teenager who joins a pageant to regain her confidence. But, on most parts, it was like a typical teenager who likes a guy who seems to like her back but not and then another guy showed up who seems to be interested in that girl! It’s love triangle people!
Not that I hate love triangle but hey, I was expecting it to be some kind of a body-positive book and I was so not looking forward for a love triangle! That’s like, the last thing I wanted to happen in this book! I don’t think it’s necessary, at all. What’s the point of the love triangle, really? I hated it a lot because it made me feel that Willow isn’t a fat fat person but one of those skinny people who still calls themselves fat! Except that there were people in the book who convinces/reminds me that she really is fat (ugh).
Though I hated that, I liked Ellen (Willowdean’s bestfriend) and Willowdean’s relationship. Best friends. Until their friendship sank because Willow got a bit self-centered. When El joined the pageant without Willow knowing it, she got angry. Willow made the pageant about her. Although I get her point, I still think it was mad of her to act that way. If her best friend is joining, why not? That does sound fun!
I kind of didn’t like the pageant and how it ended. It felt rushed, like it’s just one of those things that come and go. I didn’t feel it happening. Then the book ended just like that. Like, wait that’s it? The book didn’t give me the satisfaction I wanted and didn’t leave me wanting for more.
Overall, Dumplin’ did not affect me the way I thought this book would. I was expecting for something big to happen but it did not happen. And no, it wasn’t Willow losing her weight and being part of the sexy squad. I don’t know “how to words” how I wanted it to ended but the thing is, it didn’t end the way I thought it would. You shouldn’t have expected a lot, Nessa!