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Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 And Up
Now in paperback—the #1 New York Times bestseller and feel-good YA book of the year about self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson, the fearless, funny, and totally unforgettable heroine who takes on her small town’s beauty pageant.
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked...until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.
This book is everything it promises to be. Clean, nuanced writing and an insecure but bold voice introduces us to Willowdean, the fat daughter of a former beauty pageant winner. Willowdean isn’t shy about herself. Her strength is in her friendships, and the honest sweetness that sits underneath her cynical self. She is kind to the misfits even before she recognizes the wonderful things about them. Willowdean is the kind of girl you want to know, so thank goodness this book lets you do it!
For 13 and up.