Dumplin', Book 1

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Penguin Random House, Sep 16, 2015 - Body image - 384 pages
Willowdean Dickson (Dumplin', to her mum) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Really, the criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it. But life as Willow knows it is about to change, and when this happens she suffers an unaccustomed, and unwelcome, attack of self-doubt. In an effort to take back her confidence, she enters into the local Miss Teen Blue Bonnet beauty pageant.

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I made the mistake of watching the movie first- never a good idea. At first, I had a difficult time avoiding comparisons. However, as is typical, the book was much better than the movie. Read full review

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The subtitle here is "Go Big or Go Home." This is a great YA read because it presents the reality of high school. Most kids have a couple good friends, something about themselves that they hate or ... Read full review

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Julie Murphy has this to say about herself... I love pocket change, but I like to keep it in a jar, and not in my pocket. When I was little, I was on a bowling league. Moxie is my favorite word. If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy would be a photo booth. I like outerspace. I believe in karma. I'm terrified of cicadas. I love school. I don't pick up my house phone. I like getting mail. I'm the funniest person you know. 2+2=5. I live in Texas with my husband who loves me, my dog who adores me, and my cat who tolerates me. Baseball aficionado. Professional potty mouth obsessed with movie trailers. And movies, too. And books. DUH. Let's be friends.

Her first book Side Affects May Vary was published in 2014.

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