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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.

Publisher: New York :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062418388
Branch Call Number: Y MUR
Characteristics: 428 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Pudding


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Sep 09, 2020

Personally, I liked the first book (Dumplin') better, but this book was also really good. I loved the two conflicting characters: there's Millie, who wants a boyfriend but is too shy to ask, and then we have Callie, who lives for dance and does what she thinks is right. I could somewhat relate to both characters, and I was really curious about how their friendship would develop since they're so different from each other.

Millie is an actual ray of sunshine and absolutely deserved a book of her own. Her thought processes and unshakable positivity make for a fun and enjoyable story.

Dec 09, 2019

this is pretty much a continuation of dumplin' with its message of girrrl power. good messages about inclusion, tolerance, and friendship, but do high school girls really have such potty mouths now? now get off my lawn (=feeling old)

Jul 17, 2019

I loved this book way better than the first one. It was something about Millie’s personality and the way Callie grew as a character that made me want to re-read this as soon as I finished it

Apr 16, 2019

This is a great companion to Dumplin’! Whereas the first book focused on Willowdean and Ellen, this one focuses on two secondary characters, Millie and Callie. And we get a good, long look at two incredibly different people with very different lives.

This book shows friendship in many forms, as well as detailing how two completely different people can become friends. Heartwarming and tear-inducing at the same time, this story of differences, strength, and determination will make you laugh, cry, and cheer as lessons are learned, friendship is tested, and things that are considered near-impossible are achieved. All of this is centered on two girls that seem to have nothing in common.

If you enjoyed Dumplin’ and are interested at taking a look at some of the more misunderstood characters, this is the book for you! A great read for teens of all cliques, and it might even change your attitude!

Feb 19, 2019

I enjoyed the heck out of this book. It was cute and heartwarming and I just loved how all of the characters were given interesting complexities.

Feb 05, 2019

I read this for the "A One Word Title" part of my 2019 reading challenge. It was alright, but didn't grab me as much as the first book and Callie never grew on me.

Dec 19, 2018

I am going to give this a 3.75. I really enjoyed it and I felt like there were some extremely relatable moments from this book as well as the first one. Her mother saying to "wait for her skinny body" is something I definitely went through several times in my life. I listened to the audiobook version and it was really hard to keep up with who was who. I don't think the main characters were developed enough in the first book or at the beginning of this book to make the connection of who they were. The only other thing that kept this from getting a higher rating was the lack of plot. I didn't feel like there was anything to really keep you wanting more. I remember about 3/4 through the book thinking, what is the climax of this story? I still really enjoyed it and would recommend it but it seemed more like a diary than a book.

JCLHeatherM Nov 03, 2018

Julie Murphy's charming sequel to 'Dumplin' follows two secondary characters (Millie and Callie) forced to work together and learning to not only accept themselves, but persuade the universe to do so as well. The body positive message is timeless, relevant, and always refreshing.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 16, 2018

So much love for this body positive, girl power read. I love how Julie Murphy lets characters who are so often defined by their adjectives (fat, etc.) choose how to define themselves. Isn't that what we should all be doing? Great LGBTQIA and Latinx representation as well! This is a companion to Dumplin', which will soon be a movie...but you don't need to have read Dumplin' to enjoy Puddin', but you should still totally read both of them!

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