Book Review

PUDDIN’ by Julie Murphy

Rating: 4 / 5

I read DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy last February, so when I pulled a reading prompt for a book featuring body positivity, it seemed a good time to pick up the sequel PUDDIN’.

PUDDIN’ picks up a bit after DUMPLIN’ ends and this time we are following two side characters from the original book. Millie has gone to fat camp every year and her mother is sure this will be the year that all those extra pounds will come off. Problem is, Millie has her own plans for the summer, working toward her dream of being a reporter, even if she isn’t the typical on screen, picture perfect person one sees on the news.

Callie is the super pretty girl dating the super popular boy. She is all set to take on the role of dance team captain when her plans go awry and she finds out how empty her life really is. Millie’s ever positive perspective on life has her trying to keep the eclectic group of girls from DUMPLIN’ together as friends and a support network and she’s determined to get Callie in as well.

I have to say I initially struggled with this book because I really did not like Callie and I think that’s intentional. She makes some very bad decisions and brings on her own disasters, so I struggled to feel much empathy for her situation. Still, her situation is pretty bleak without the cheer of Millie’s interventions. I did enjoy seeing her character growth throughout the novel and did like her by the end.

Millie is just a force to be reckoned with! She knows she’s got a challenging road ahead in pursuing her dreams, but she really has the right attitude to take it on. I really enjoyed seeing into her head in this book to see more depth behind her cheer. It isn’t that she doesn’t feel the hurt when things happen, but she chooses to maintain her positive demeanor.

This was a fun read and a fun change of pace from some heavier reads. I know I’ll be looking out for the next in the series, coming in May!

Reading challenges:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book that discusses body positivity

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