Now a popular Netflix feature film, starring Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, and Dove Cameron, as well as a soundtrack from Dolly Parton!
The #1 New York Times bestseller and feel-good YA of the year—about Willowdean Dixon, 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Willowdean Dickson stole our hearts the second we met her. Nicknamed Dumplin’ by her beauty-queen mom, the Texas teenager is happy with her size—even if it’s larger than average. But when Willow’s confidence is tested, she does the unthinkable and enters her mom’s beloved Miss Clover City pageant. Voice actress Eileen Stevens captures Willowdean’s brashness and vulnerability perfectly. We could sense the sacredness of the character’s friendships, feel the thrill of first love, and practically hear her many eye rolls. Hilarious, inspiring, and relentlessly positive, Dumplin’ is a YA book for every body.
Just as good as movie
I admit I watched the movie first. But it portrayed together very well I would recommend either.
Never read anything like this
Wow I can’t even tell you how good this book was so amazing