YA Book Review

The Wednesday Review: Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

The Book:

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Book Author: Julie Murphy

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publishing Date: May 8th, 2018

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Synopsis: It is a companion novel to Dumplin’, which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean’s star turn in the Clover City pageant. 

Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

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The Review:

“A long time ago, I decided to make a list of all the things I could control, and what it came down to was this: my attitude.”

It took me a while to sit and write my review for Puddin’. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because it was just so damn good! I had absolutely adored Millie in Dumplin’ (both the book and movie) and was so excited to read a book where she was the star. It definitely did not disappoint!

I fell in love with Millie in book 1 because of her beauty, her attitude, and her strength. I fell even more in love with her in book 2 because of her determination, her confidence, her loyalty, and her conscience. As a fellow fat girl, she is someone I would have looked up to when I was younger. Hell, I look up to her now!

She was always so positive and bubbly, and I loved that about her. She also tried so hard to not let bullying and negativity stop her. She was an amazing influence on all those around her, especially Callie, and she was just so inspirational.

“This is me. And I’m done waiting to be someone else. I know what I want to do with my life.”

I absolutely abhorred Callie in this one though. She slightly grew on me toward the end, but I hated her and everything she stood for until then. But, what I loved about her being in this book was the fact that Millie didn’t hate her, despite everything awful she was. People like Callie were the reason Millie was the way she was. And, I loved that Callie learned so many valuable life lessons from her, and learned to open her mind, and her heart, to stop being a cruel person.

There were so many positive messages in this book too. I loved the body positivity. I loved the message that appearances shouldn’t matter. I loved the anti-bullying message, and I loved that it showed the true meaning and importance of real friendship.

I just wanted to scream from the roof tops when I was done with this book. It was 10 times better than Dumplin’, and Dumplin’ already got 5 stars from me! I loved it so freaking much! Millie and her group of quirky friends were outstanding! I related to this book so flippin’ much, and I loved that it starred a beautiful, fierce, fat girl!

“The wider world wants you to think other women are drama…or catty. But that’s just because when we work together, we’re unstoppable.”

5 Rating

Quotes used are from the book, written by the author.

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