Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published: September 15, 2015 by: Balzer + Bray
Rating: 3/5 stars
Willowdean Dickinson has always been comfortable in her own skin. With her best friend Ellen, she has always had the mindset to flaunt what you've got and to not let anything stand in her way. Nicknamed "Dumplin" by her voluptuous beauty queen mom, Willowdean takes a job at the local fast food joint, where she meets, and develops a crush on charismatic Bo. But when Will finds her confidence slowly slipping away, she decides to enter her and a few other unlikely candidates into her mother's infamous beauty pageant, in order to prove to her, and her town, that anyone can be a star.
I was very conflicted with this book. At first I was like: yay! A confidence-boosting book with a kick-ass lead and an extraordinary message. However as the book went on, I thought that the execution could have been better. Some of the language kind of came across as hypocritical and I felt as if the love was kind of predictable.
This book is an extremely positive book. It's not your typical self-esteem contemporary at all, where the main characters usually go through heartbreaking ordeals and nasty bullying. Will was just loving life, she was cool, collected, supportive and proud of who she was. This was a great breath of fresh air and an amazing pick-me-up for anyone who needs a confidence-booster.
I also loved how easy to get through this book was. I wasn't bored, it was refreshing and light with nothing difficult to follow. While complexity can sometimes be a good thing, I think this book would simply be great for anyone trying to get out of a slump.
I didn't enjoy how Will referred to all of the skinny girls as "twiggy" girl. As a naturally skinny girl all my life, I did not enjoy being called a "twig" and it wasn't an amazing confidence-booster on my front. I guess the author was maybe trying to get Will to develop and realize that she shouldn't put down anyone else by the end of the book, but honestly no such development happened. It was a bit of a skinny-shamer.
The love was a love triangle, ugh. Too predictable and cliche for my liking and something that never really ends well. You feel bad for the character who lost, while you secretly know the whole time who she's going to end up with. I do not like love triangles at all.
The overall character of Will was ok. I found her to be extremely judgemental, as well as very rude to her friend Ellen. I felt so bad for Ellen as she was never really at fault in any of their arguments and I don't think that Will realized what she did wrong.
So overall, if you like light, fluffy books, then give this a go! However it wasn't my favourite, and I do think that some things could have been said better.
Have you read Dumplin'? What did you think?
Emily @ Paperback Princess