I want to start adding in this new thing on the blog! Something you may not know about me is that I love to read. I don’t know why I never thought of this before now…book reviews! Every time I read and finish a book…I will be talking about it here.
So, the 2 books I read this summer happen to be by the same author. Dumplin by Julie Murphy is the most inspirational plus size storytelling I have ever read in my 21 years of living. The story is told by Willowdean Dickinson (she goes by Will). Who’s name is a mouthful and so is she! She introduces herself as a Dolly Parton enthusiast & resident fat girl. She lives in a town known for one thing – the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant. She only has one friend (true friend anyway) who she is growing apart from due to her pageant entry. Will has a secret romance during the summer, where she starts to feel insecure about her body. To prove you don’t have to be a size 2 to be beautiful and date a jock, she enters the Miss Teen Pageant. She has some troubles along the way with a mom who is unsupportive of her decisions and size, a friend who doesn’t stick up for her, and a boyfriend that is embarrassed to be seen with her. She may, or may not have you’ll have to read to find out, won the pageant but she found the confidence that she always had, got the jock, and grew closer with a mother that realizes her Dumplin’ has always been beautiful.
This book was about a fat girls journey to finding her self-love. This book touched me, as someone who has struggled her whole life with her size and feeling uncomfortable in it. Dumplin’s story inspires you to think for a moment if people are really thinking about your love handles and your flabby arms, or are they thinking about what you think of them.
This should honestly be your next read and I hope more books like this show up in the future for our young plus size ladies to read and learn from.
My next list of reads are going to be The Program by Suzanne Young she is a Tucson, AZ author and I have heard great things about the series. I also want to pre-order John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down. I read the cover of this book Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch and was instantly intrigued by the Italian travel story it will tell. Finally, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Hahn is your classic romantic novel but also a young adult discovering herself.
I just loved Dumplin’ so much that I had to find another book by the same author. Ramona Blue is also a self discovery book with a few twists. But you’ll have to read that one yourself. 😉