Puddin’ (Dumplin’ #2) Book Review

Happy Monday everyone! Starting this week off with a new book review. Enjoy!

Title: Puddin’ (Dumplin #2)

Author: Julie Murphy

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Pages: 448 (11 hours)

Format: audiobook, borrowed from Overdrive

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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.

Honestly, there wasn’t much. I think if I had to pick one thing, would be the character development. There was a noticeable amount of development at the end. Callie had the most development, and I felt like Millie could have had more, but thank god she stood up to her mother because if she didn’t, I would have been strongly disappointed.

O-kay. Where to begin. First, one thing that bothered me, starting off small, was the reader on the audiobook. I couldn’t stand it. It was just so fake and over done. I don’t think the writing helped much either. The writing just seemed very childish to me.

Next, was Callie. Oh man, I did not care for her character what so ever. She was so fake, mean, rude. She just wasn’t likeable. I mean this girl was so self entitled, and I could not believe she only had to work at the gym and just nothing else ever happened to this girl. She developed the last 30 pages of the book and it just all came together. I was really cheering for Millie’s comeback and her progress to really shine and she didn’t! She still seemed like kind of a pushover to me and I was hoping for so much more.

All in all, I’ve learned I am not too much of a fan of Murphy’s writing. I have read like all of her books she’s put out I’m pretty sure, and this one did it for me. What did you guys think of this book?

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