Puddin'

Puddin'

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...

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Title:Puddin'
Author:Julie Murphy
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Puddin' Reviews

  • Nikki

    This has made my year I'm so excited! Dumping was my spring break beach read and it took me less then 8 hours to read!

  • Racheal

    Don't mind me over here crying like a little baby. Julie Murphy's books, man- they just make me feel seen! The characters, the tenderness, the open explorations of how to become the person you want to be, the special insights into the challenges of being a (mostly) (somewhat) unapologetic fat girl.

    I mean,

    and

    both pretty much read like they're taken straight from my

    Let's see:

    Don't mind me over here crying like a little baby. Julie Murphy's books, man- they just make me feel seen! The characters, the tenderness, the open explorations of how to become the person you want to be, the special insights into the challenges of being a (mostly) (somewhat) unapologetic fat girl.

    I mean,

    and

    both pretty much read like they're taken straight from my

    Let's see:

    My main worry going into this was that Millie was going to get on my nerves. Whereas Willowdean from

    is my cynical soul sister, Millie always struck me as the kind of hyper-positive person that I honestly have a hard time with in real life. And indeed, our opening shot is of Millie in her room surrounded by a bunch of hand cross-stitched motivational sayings.

    But I always put my trust in Julie Murphy and she has yet to let me down. Sure enough, it didn't take long to convinced me that

    She is just so full of determination to make her dreams of broadcast journalism stardom come true, and so dedicated to strengthening the newfound friendships that were forged in book #1.

    she had negative thoughts and emotions but she always chooses to act instead of hold back, and to be kind.

    This book works for two main reasons: one, because Murphy is one of the queens of character development when it comes to lighter contemporaries (right after Rainbow Rowell imo), and two, because she chose to alternate perspectives between Millie and Callie, a pretty, popular dance team co-captain who has fallen from grace.

    Now ok, Millie's awesome, and she's the whole reason anything really goes anywhere in this book. But Callie--

    It's so beautiful to watch this girl go from being unable to connect with her peers in any meaningful way to gradually opening up and organically growing as a person. With a lesser author it could easily have turned into some simplistic, sappy crap like "Callie was a bitch until Millie's pure innocence showed her the way", but this is too good for that.

    While I do think the narrative slows down at points, making this somewhat of a put-downable read, there are just SO MANY THINGS to love here.

    . Sure there are guys and swoony bits and life happening, but friendship is the true star here.

    , featuring a wide range of sexual activity and comfort levels. You've got one girl who angrily makes out with a cute guy behind the dumpsters but isn't ready for sex, an asexual character, a sweet first kiss can't-hardly-imagine-more-without-blushing girl, and a girl who just straight up loves banging her hot boyfriend.

    that it doesn't always progress in a logical, upward fashion. It shows that even if you decide to change something, your negative thoughts and impulses surrounding it can still be there. For instance, when Millie's stressing over whether or not her crush likes her and is thinking that maybe he's just been faking his interest, she says:

    It looks at the importance of allowing our friends in to see into our dark, squishy insides so that they can counter the mean voices in our brains that tell us that we're not worthy.

    Lastly, to loop back around,

    There are specific dynamics that exist between fat characters that you won't quite find elsewhere.

    These dynamics can be a positive, like in the relationship between Willow and Millie where they show each other what's possible. They can be more fraught when one person wants to change and the other wants things to stay the same because changing might mean losing common ground, feeling left behind, etc.

    Mutually fat mother/daughter relationships also have their own particular brand of expectations, patterns, enmeshment, etc. This was the thing in the first book that resonated with me so strongly, and it's the thing that gives it such a special, unique place in my heart. I've just never seen anyone else quite explore this with such nuance before!

    Why is this so rare? Why do we so often portray people with certain marginalized identities as alone?

    Anywho. I don't know. Something to stick in the ol' braintube to think about later...

    Ok, I'm going to stop now because this is already far too long. Overall I liked this a scoach less than

    but I think it's still pretty apparent that I just really dig Julie Murphy's books for their sweetness, all-around endearing characters and thoughtful themes.

  • Ginger at GReadsBooks.com

    Julie Murphy has run away with my heart yet again. I swear this woman writes stories just for me (ok not really, but damn it feels like it).

    She’s back, in Clover City, to tell Millie & Callie’s stories. One minute I’m laughing, then the next I’m counting my tears, right alongside some of the characters. It’s a full range of emotions that I’ve become so familiar with while reading a Julie Murphy novel. She knows how to write a story for which we can all see ourselves in. I loved this one. Oh

    Julie Murphy has run away with my heart yet again. I swear this woman writes stories just for me (ok not really, but damn it feels like it).

    She’s back, in Clover City, to tell Millie & Callie’s stories. One minute I’m laughing, then the next I’m counting my tears, right alongside some of the characters. It’s a full range of emotions that I’ve become so familiar with while reading a Julie Murphy novel. She knows how to write a story for which we can all see ourselves in. I loved this one. Oh, how I LOVE IT!

  • Max Baker

    I've always had a weird relationship with Julie Murphy's books, especially

    . She writes stories that are just interesting enough to draw attention, but sucker punch you with a twist you weren't expecting to keep you interested. A girl gets cancer and preforms her bucket list only to go into remission. A lesbian question her sexuality when she develops feelings for a boy. A fat girl enters a beauty pag

    I've always had a weird relationship with Julie Murphy's books, especially

    . She writes stories that are just interesting enough to draw attention, but sucker punch you with a twist you weren't expecting to keep you interested. A girl gets cancer and preforms her bucket list only to go into remission. A lesbian question her sexuality when she develops feelings for a boy. A fat girl enters a beauty pageant, but the pageant doesn't actually matter in the long haul.

    is one of the few books I've reread and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's the message or maybe it's cause it just really like Bo for whatever reason. But, the point is I've read it twice, so picking up the companion novel to it was a no brainer. And honestly, I think it's Murphy's best book to date.

    follows two girls from

    , Millie, the girl Willowdeen feels sorry for, and Callie, the mean girl who Willowdeen hates. It's told in a dual perspective between the two and it was just a wonderful story about how to unlikely girls become best friends. There are trials and obstacles, but at it's core its about two girls who better one another. No twists, no dramatic reveals, but a nice story from a great writer.

    Millie wants to be a broadcast journalist and after winning runner up in the beauty pageant, she decides this is the year to make that dream a reality. She vows to get into a broadcast journalist camp and never return to the fat camp she spent the past eight summers at. Millie was such a sweet girl, caring and protective, but I also like how she proved that being a badass doesn't mean you have to be super violent or tough. She was determined in all aspects of her life and was so comfortable with herself and her body she refused to let her previously held insecurities hold her back.

    As for Callie, it took me a while to warm up to her. But Murphy's proven she can write a redemption arc and write one she did. Callie was mean and selfish, but she grew from that, learned to be a better person and inspired Millie to grow as well. Both girls taught the other something, but they never felt like they weren't just going through the motions. The genuine connection between the two was lovely and was something I hope to see more of in Murphy's future books.

    is about friendship. Plan and simple and how a single friend can inspire you to be better and to do better. It's about how two woman can prop each other up and move past their differences, change their ideals to become the best person they can be at the time. And I think that makes a wonderful story.

  • Kim

    Sequel to Dumplin'.

  • Gerard Villegas

    I was really excited to read this when we got the ARC in! I loved Dumplin' and to hear that they are making a film with Jennifer Aniston playing Willowdean's mother got me all "Miss Universe snatchin' the crown from the bitches" excited! In this sequel, we're focusing on the supporting character Millie, another plus-size gal, from the first book. Paired together with mean girl Callie who is forced to do community service after a horrible prank gone wrong, it had all the makings of the typical gi

    I was really excited to read this when we got the ARC in! I loved Dumplin' and to hear that they are making a film with Jennifer Aniston playing Willowdean's mother got me all "Miss Universe snatchin' the crown from the bitches" excited! In this sequel, we're focusing on the supporting character Millie, another plus-size gal, from the first book. Paired together with mean girl Callie who is forced to do community service after a horrible prank gone wrong, it had all the makings of the typical girls from opposite worlds becoming friends. I really hoped it would fall into that cliché. Sadly, it didn't. Callie pretty much remained the 'mean girl' throughout the book and didn't seem to have changed and appear at all likable. Millie, who really should've been the main focus, is underused and used sparingly. There is really not much of a connecting thread other than Willowdean making a cameo appearance here and there throughout the book. Sadly, Puddin' didn't quite hold up to the charm of the original so it didn't make much of impression on me. Still, fans of Puddin' will pick this up just to see what happens to the other characters. Sorry, folks it's a bit meh.

  • Ella

    I don't even know what this is about (or care) and all I can think is NEED. NOW. PLEASE. GIVE TO ME. HAVE MY FIRSTBORN CHILD. MY SECOND BORN CHILD. ALL MY CHILDREN! JUST GIVE IT TO ME!!!!

  • Dayla

    At first, I was unsure of this because why would we need another book in the Dumplin'

    (???), but then I saw that it was a companion. Those I enjoy. I want this now.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    holy crap wait is this a romance between the two girls on the cover?

    update: IT'S NOT STOP DISAPPOINTING ME LIKE THIS

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