The irresistible companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dumplin’, now a Netflix feature film starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, and a soundtrack by Dolly Parton!
Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream of being a newscaster—and to kiss the boy she’s crushing on.
Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend.
When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined.
A story about unexpected friendship, romance, and Texas-size girl power, this is another winner from Julie Murphy.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Julie Murphy welcomes us back to Clover City, the Texas town we came to know and love with her bestseller Dumplin’. Puddin’ serves up another helping of inspirational YA fiction, focusing on unstoppable plus-sized teen Millie Michalchuk and determined dance team co-captain Callie Reyes. The girls seem to have little in common, besides their big ambitions for junior year. But one dramatic semester throws them together, setting the stage for a smart-but-sweet fable about courage, friendship—and rewriting the rules.
Clover City High School in Texas has a clear social hierarchy: football on top, dance team members next, then everyone else. Junior Millie Michalchuk, who also appeared in Murphy's Dumplin', may be a lifer at fat camp, but that doesn't mean she buys into how the world sees her. Callie Reyes dates a football player and is on course to become dance team captain. The girls' paths rarely cross. Then the dance team loses its funder, a gym owned by Millie's uncle, and its members break in and trash the business. When a sulky Callie starts working at the gym, Millie models not just friendship and forgiveness, but also tough-love examples of how to treat people. Through the girls' alternating perspectives, Murphy develops their aspirations and struggles: Millie isn't sure how to pursue her dream of being a TV anchor; Mexican-American Callie experiences stereotyping and yearns for friends, not frenemies. Murphy convincingly and satisfyingly portrays how their one-step-forward-two-steps-back bonding process helps them go for what they want rather than what others think is possible. Ages 13 up.
Fat is not a feeling - so true!
I am fat. That is not why I LOVED this book but it does give me perspective when reading a book about a fat teenage girl growing up in the south. I was a confident teenager but still had my feelings hurt too many times to count. However, Julie has found a voice for an entire generation that is inspiring and gives hope that no matter who you are or what you look like you can be proud to be exactly who you are and not care what anyone else thinks. I wish I’d had this type of book to read when I was in high school, and the ability to find familiarity in characters like Willowdean and Millie. I loved reading this book. It was cute in a classic YA way but also delivered some big lessons for the audience to learn from. Fat is not a feeling. No truer words have I ever read. Everyone should read this book and get the perspective of Millie. She just might teach you a thing or two about being a better friend and person.