Author: Julie Murphy
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Release Date: November 27, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
NOW a Netflix film–featuring Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, and Dove Cameron, as well as a soundtrack from Dolly Parton!
The movie tie-in edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller and feel-good YA of the year—about Willowdean Dickson, the fearless, funny, and totally unforgettable heroine who takes on her small town’s beauty pageant.
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) 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 Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any girl does.
Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.
Julie Murphy is the leading voice in body positivity for teens in the YA space. Willowdean is a heroine rarely seen in teen books and movies—she is confident and unafraid. Her struggle with body image issues is a subject every teen can relate to. But Will doesn’t have to lose weight to be happy at the end of this book—or to fall in love.
You guys! One of my favorite books of 2015 is now a NETFLIX movie! AHHHHH!!!
I teamed up with the amazing Wunderkind-PR and we are giving away a free copy of the paperback movie tie-in book.
Dumplin’ was previously released in 2015 and is a New York Times #1 bestseller. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.
Please note that Wunderkind-PR is kindly giving away a movie tie-in edition of Dumplin’. Open to all US residents. All you need to do is Retweet my tweet, and I will pick a winner Friday, December 14. And if you win, the book will be sent by Wunderkind-PR straight to your mailbox. How awesome is that, Y’ALL?!
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Praise for Dumplin’
“Murphy (Side Effects May Vary) successfully makes every piece of the story—Dolly Parton superfans, first love, best-friend problems, an unlikely group of pageant entrants, female solidarity, self-acceptance, and Willowdean’s complicated relationship with the mother who nicknamed her “Dumplin’ “—count, weaving them together to create a harmonious, humorous, and thought-provoking whole.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Will’s singular voice compels readers to think about all that goes into building-and destroying-self-esteem…Splendid”
— Booklist (starred review)
“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
“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
Awards and Other Acclaim
- ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults
- An ALA Top Ten Pick for Reluctant Readers
- An Indies Choice Best Young Adult Honor Book
- Best Book of the Year & Best Young Adult Contemporary Novel by Romantic Times
- New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
- Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year
- Tumblr Reblog Book Club Pick
- Amazon Best Book of the Year
- B&N Best Book of the Year
- Booklist Editor’s choice
- Spirt of Texas High School Reading List
- Tayshas (Texas Teen) Reading List
- Indigo Best Book of the Year
ABOUT JULIE MURPHY…THE QUEEN
Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time. When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure. She is also the author of Puddin’ and Side Effects May Vary. You can visit Julie at www.juliemurphywrites.com.