Dumplin’

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By Julie Murphy

Balzer & Bray / HarperCollins

September 15, 2015

For fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell comes this powerful novel with the most fearless heroine—self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson—from Julie Murphy, the acclaimed author of Side Effects May Vary. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . .  until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

wheel #1 New York Times bestseller

wheel “I’m obsessed with this book. Wickedly funny, heartbreakingly real, full of characters to love and cheer for. DUMPLIN’ is such a star.”–Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love and 99 Days

wheel “DUMPLIN’ should be required reading for anyone who has ever felt even slightly uncomfortable in his or her skin. Julie Murphy’s star continues to shine with this groundbreaking, poignant story that will surely change lives.”–John Corey Whaley, award-winning author of Noggin and Where Things Come Back

wheel “Murphy…successfully makes every piece of the story…count, weaving them together to create a harmonious, humorous, and thought-provoking whole.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

wheel Kids’ Indie Next List Autumn 2015

wheel Bustle September 2015 Best YA Book

wheel Best Teen Fiction of 2015, Chicago Public Library

wheel Best Teen Fiction of 2015, New York Public Library

wheel “Most Adorable”, Kirkus Top YA of 2015

wheel Amazon.com Best Book of 2015

wheel 2015 CYBILS finalist