Contemporary (Teen), Romance (Teen), Series, YA Fiction

Review: Puddin’ by Julie Murphy – Dumplin’ #2

The seccond novel in a YA contemporary series focused on body positivity and identity.


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When I first read Dumplin’, I absolutely adored it. It was by far one of my favourite teen books and its focus on body image and body positivity was absolutely fantastic. I was super excited to hear about this novel, which focuses on another character that was featured in Dumplin’ and I’m so glad I got to read an eARC of it! Here are my thoughts:

Puddin' (Dumplin', #2) book cover

Puddin' (Dumplin', #2)

by Julie Murphy

Published April 8, 2018 by Balzer+Bray
Series: Dumplin'
ISBN: 0062418408

Data from Goodreads

Summary (Goodreads): Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. 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 will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

My Review

If you liked Dumplin’, then you will certainly love this book! It has all of the charm and cuteness of the first book in the series, and a lot of new characters to fall in love with, too!

The Pros: What worked for me

  • Like Dumplin’, this novel has a huge focus on body positivity. I think that books that promote love for our body need to be put out there. Having a book where characters love themselves as they are and aren’t afraid to feel insecure is important for readers out there; it makes you feel less alone and gives you a safe space to feel more positively about yourself.
  • This novel uses unique characters to showcase different perspectives on the world, which allows the reader’s own perspectives to broaden. It really reinforces the idea that there is always more to a person than what meets the eye! I loved how the different characters got to understand one another and form close bonds with each other. It was just so heartwarming to read about it!

This novel was full of cuteness and positivity as these teens maneuvered high school drama and their own internal struggles to become the best versions of themselves. I don’t read many contemporary novels but this is one that I know I will be promoting to everyone I know! I give this book a solid 4/5 stars!

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