Tuesday, May 8, 2018

My Thoughts: Puddin' by Julie Murphy

(Dumplin' #2)
by Julie Murphy
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Publication Date: May 8th 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780062418388
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Edelweiss / Own

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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 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. (Goodreads)

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy was one of my most anticipated reads for May, and I’m thrilled that I had the opportunity to read this book! I recently re-read Dumplin’ before starting Puddin’, and I am really glad I decided to do so, as it gave me a bit of a refresher about the characters and their stories. Not only did I enjoy reading Puddin’, but I also enjoyed re-reading Dumplin’ as well!

Puddin’ is a companion novel to Dumplin’, but this book is Millie’s story. Actually it’s Millie and Callie’s story, and we get their alternate viewpoints throughout the book. I love Millie, and I have since the very first book. Her enthusiasm and positive outlook toward life are infectious, and she just makes you want to hug her. Her determination throughout the book is inspiring as well. Callie, on the other hand, took a while to grow on me. She wasn’t my favorite character when we first met her in Dumplin’, but she had some pretty nice character growth over the course of this story, thanks mostly to Millie’s influence, and I definitely warmed up to her, and found many things about her relatable, once I started reading her story as well. I really enjoyed watching the relationship between these two girls grow over the course of the book. And I also love that we get to catch up with some of our favorite characters from the previous book in this story as well. I especially enjoyed seeing what Willowdean, Ellen, Amanda, and Hannah have been up to since the last book, and I would LOVE for any of these girls to get their own stories as well. I’d totally read them!

I adore a good contemporary novel, and I have enjoyed ALL of the contemporary stories that I have read of Julie’s so far. This book is no exception; the storyline was fun and engrossing, which made it a really quick read. Puddin’ is one of those books you could totally read in one sitting, which is what I wish I could have done, but alas, life got in the way. When I wasn’t reading this book, I was pining away until I could get back to it. The book has it all; it made me laugh and smile like a fool, it made me angry at how mean people can be, and it even made me tear up a few times. All the awesome qualities of a really great book, and I loved it.

Overall; I never doubted for a second that I would love Puddin’ by Julie Murphy, but I think I enjoyed it even more than I expected to! I love when that happens! This book has great characters, and an engrossing storyline, and I devoured the book as quickly as I could. If you’re a fan of sweet contemporary novels, do check out Puddin’, and if you have the opportunity, check out Dumplin’ beforehand as well! I hope you enjoy both books just as much as I do!

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