Return to the beloved world of Julie Murphy’s #1 New York Times bestselling Dumplin’—now a popular Netflix feature film starring Jennifer Aniston—in this fabulously joyful, final companion novel about drag, prom, and embracing your inner Queen. This audio edition is performed by Chad Burris (Broadway’s Mean Girls, Frozen, and The Book of Mormon).
Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth.
So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right after Waylon gets dumped, he throws caution to the wind and creates an audition tape for his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. What he doesn’t count on is the tape getting accidentally shared with the entire school. . . . As a result, Waylon is nominated for prom queen as a joke. Clem’s girlfriend, Hannah Perez, also receives a joke nomination for prom king.
Waylon and Hannah decide there’s only one thing to do: run—and leave high school with a bang. A very glittery bang. Along the way, Waylon discovers that there is a lot more to running for prom court than campaign posters and plastic crowns, especially when he has to spend so much time with the very cute and infuriating prom king nominee Tucker Watson.
Waylon will need to learn that the best plan for tomorrow is living for today . . . especially with the help of some fellow queens. . . .
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Waylon “Pumpkin” Brewer is more than ready for high school to be over. Life as an overweight, openly gay teen in tiny Clover City, Texas, hasn’t been easy, so when he’s nominated for prom queen as a mean, sarcastic joke, he decides that enough is enough. He’s going to close out his senior year as his true, glittering, unapologetic self. Though being a gay teen is often a subject depicted as going hand in hand with pain and trauma, Pumpkin’s decidedly joyful and laugh-packed journey absolutely filled our hearts. He does face some discouraging homophobia along the way, but the unexpected support and acceptance he finds are what ultimately end up defining his unforgettable senior year. Charming narrator Chad Burris captures every ounce of Pumpkin’s exuberant energy. This celebratory audiobook is a fantastic tribute to the power of finding your people.