Puddin'

Puddin'

It is a companion novel to Dumplin', which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean's star turn in the Clover City pageant. 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...

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Title:Puddin'
Author:Julie Murphy
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Puddin' Reviews

  • Nikki

    This has made my year I'm so excited! Dumping was my spring break beach read and it took me less then 8 hours to read!

  • Ginger at GReadsBooks.com

    Julie Murphy has run away with my heart yet again. I swear this woman writes stories just for me (ok not really, but damn it feels like it).

    She’s back, in Clover City, to tell Millie & Callie’s stories. One minute I’m laughing, then the next I’m counting my tears, right alongside some of the characters. It’s a full range of emotions that I’ve become so familiar with while reading a Julie Murphy novel. She knows how to write a story for which we can all see ourselves in. I loved this one. Oh

    Julie Murphy has run away with my heart yet again. I swear this woman writes stories just for me (ok not really, but damn it feels like it).

    She’s back, in Clover City, to tell Millie & Callie’s stories. One minute I’m laughing, then the next I’m counting my tears, right alongside some of the characters. It’s a full range of emotions that I’ve become so familiar with while reading a Julie Murphy novel. She knows how to write a story for which we can all see ourselves in. I loved this one. Oh, how I LOVE IT!

  • Ang

    Oh my sweet god this was just wonderful. I loved Dumplin' so so so much, and I just didn't think I could possibly love this book as much. But I did! I do! This is a PERFECT companion to Dumplin' and I can't WAIT to recommend it to people. I'm not even sure how this is possible, but I think I love Millie more than I loved Willowdean?!?!?!!? And I kind of love that the love story in this isn't...well, you'll see. Just so damn wonderful. Brava, Julie Murphy!

    Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for

    Oh my sweet god this was just wonderful. I loved Dumplin' so so so much, and I just didn't think I could possibly love this book as much. But I did! I do! This is a PERFECT companion to Dumplin' and I can't WAIT to recommend it to people. I'm not even sure how this is possible, but I think I love Millie more than I loved Willowdean?!?!?!!? And I kind of love that the love story in this isn't...well, you'll see. Just so damn wonderful. Brava, Julie Murphy!

    Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the digital ARC!

  • Max Baker

    I've always had a weird relationship with Julie Murphy's books, especially

    . She writes stories that are just interesting enough to draw attention, but sucker punch you with a twist you weren't expecting to keep you interested. A girl gets cancer and preforms her bucket list only to go into remission. A lesbian question her sexuality when she develops feelings for a boy. A fat girl enters a beauty pag

    I've always had a weird relationship with Julie Murphy's books, especially

    . She writes stories that are just interesting enough to draw attention, but sucker punch you with a twist you weren't expecting to keep you interested. A girl gets cancer and preforms her bucket list only to go into remission. A lesbian question her sexuality when she develops feelings for a boy. A fat girl enters a beauty pageant, but the pageant doesn't actually matter in the long haul.

    is one of the few books I've reread and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's the message or maybe it's cause it just really like Bo for whatever reason. But, the point is I've read it twice, so picking up the companion novel to it was a no brainer. And honestly, I think it's Murphy's best book to date.

    follows two girls from

    , Millie, the girl Willowdeen feels sorry for, and Callie, the mean girl who Willowdeen hates. It's told in a dual perspective between the two and it was just a wonderful story about how to unlikely girls become best friends. There are trials and obstacles, but at it's core its about two girls who better one another. No twists, no dramatic reveals, but a nice story from a great writer.

    Millie wants to be a broadcast journalist and after winning runner up in the beauty pageant, she decides this is the year to make that dream a reality. She vows to get into a broadcast journalist camp and never return to the fat camp she spent the past eight summers at. Millie was such a sweet girl, caring and protective, but I also like how she proved that being a badass doesn't mean you have to be super violent or tough. She was determined in all aspects of her life and was so comfortable with herself and her body she refused to let her previously held insecurities hold her back.

    As for Callie, it took me a while to warm up to her. But Murphy's proven she can write a redemption arc and write one she did. Callie was mean and selfish, but she grew from that, learned to be a better person and inspired Millie to grow as well. Both girls taught the other something, but they never felt like they weren't just going through the motions. The genuine connection between the two was lovely and was something I hope to see more of in Murphy's future books.

    is about friendship. Plan and simple and how a single friend can inspire you to be better and to do better. It's about how two woman can prop each other up and move past their differences, change their ideals to become the best person they can be at the time. And I think that makes a wonderful story.

  • Erin Quinn

    Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for providing me an eARC to read in exchange for my review.

    I read Dumplin' a few years ago and loved the body positivity and darling characters and was excited to take Puddin' for a spin. Guys, I'm not going to lie: at first I was really hating it. Millie's character was so saccharine sweet and didn't seem like a real person in the beginning of the book. Callie was an unforgivably unkind popular girl. But then... just as I was about to give up, Julie Murp

    Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for providing me an eARC to read in exchange for my review.

    I read Dumplin' a few years ago and loved the body positivity and darling characters and was excited to take Puddin' for a spin. Guys, I'm not going to lie: at first I was really hating it. Millie's character was so saccharine sweet and didn't seem like a real person in the beginning of the book. Callie was an unforgivably unkind popular girl. But then... just as I was about to give up, Julie Murphy started working her magic. And I started liking it. And then I started straight up loving it. Perhaps Murphy's ability to craft imperfect and flawed characters was just working really well in the beginning.

    So, Millie, as we know from Dumplin', is a fat girl with a strict, religious mother. Right at the beginning of Puddin', we learn she is also an aspiring journalist. We meet Callie again too. Callie is a co-assistant captain of the school's dance team, the Shamrocks. Millie happens to be the niece and employee of her uncle's failing gym business, and sponsor of the Shamrocks. As her uncle Vernon's business situation gets worse and worse, he has to withdraw his sponsorship for the Shamrocks, and the team's ability to travel to State and National championships is at risk.

    In a prank gone wrong, the Shamrocks vandalize Millie' uncle's gym. Wearing masks, the only person to get ID'd is Callie, whom Millie recognizes from the distinctive necklace she wears. None of the other girls confess. Uncle Vernon takes pity on Callie and lets her work off the damages by working at the gym with Millie after school.

    At its core, Puddin' is a story about friendship. Millie takes a liking to Callie and they begin to form a tentative friendship. As the girls grow closer, each of them challenges the other to become better versions of themselves. Callie becomes nicer, and begins to explore who she really is and what she really wants. Millie starts to shake the shackles of her mother's tight grip and really go after what she wants. (And to also to go against what she doesn't want, which is diets, going to Fat Camp, and feeling bad about her body). Joined by Willowdeen, Amanda, Ellen, and Hannah from the beauty pageant days, this book shows what can happen when girls lift each other up, rather than tear each other down.

  • Gerard Villegas

    I was really excited to read this when we got the ARC in! I loved Dumplin' and to hear that they are making a film with Jennifer Aniston playing Willowdean's mother got me all "Miss Universe snatchin' the crown from the bitches" excited! In this sequel, we're focusing on the supporting character Millie, another plus-size gal, from the first book. Paired together with mean girl Callie who is forced to do community service after a horrible prank gone wrong, it had all the makings of the typical gi

    I was really excited to read this when we got the ARC in! I loved Dumplin' and to hear that they are making a film with Jennifer Aniston playing Willowdean's mother got me all "Miss Universe snatchin' the crown from the bitches" excited! In this sequel, we're focusing on the supporting character Millie, another plus-size gal, from the first book. Paired together with mean girl Callie who is forced to do community service after a horrible prank gone wrong, it had all the makings of the typical girls from opposite worlds becoming friends. I really hoped it would fall into that cliché. Sadly, it didn't. Callie pretty much remained the 'mean girl' throughout the book and didn't seem to have changed and appear at all likable. Millie, who really should've been the main focus, is underused and used sparingly. There is really not much of a connecting thread other than Willowdean making a cameo appearance here and there throughout the book. Sadly, Puddin' didn't quite hold up to the charm of the original so it didn't make much of impression on me. Still, fans of Puddin' will pick this up just to see what happens to the other characters. Sorry, folks it's a bit meh.

  • Ella

    I don't even know what this is about (or care) and all I can think is NEED. NOW. PLEASE. GIVE TO ME. HAVE MY FIRSTBORN CHILD. MY SECOND BORN CHILD. ALL MY CHILDREN! JUST GIVE IT TO ME!!!!

  • Dayla

    At first, I was unsure of this because why would we need another book in the Dumplin'

    (???), but then I saw that it was a companion. Those I enjoy. I want this now.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    holy crap wait is this a romance between the two girls on the cover?

    update: IT'S NOT STOP DISAPPOINTING ME LIKE THIS

  • Racheal

    Millie!!! Yes!

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