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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Edition Language:English

Puddin' Reviews

  • Peter Monn

    Every Julie Murphy Book just gets better and better. Did I cry? Of course! Did I laugh? Of course! But mostly I cheered! My full review will be up on my booktube channel at

  • Kristen

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    This. Book. Was. So. Stinkin'. Sweet.

    I seriously adore Millie with all my heart. Heck, even mean girl Callie grew on me. I didn't think that was going to be possible but Julie Murphy is some kind of a magical unicorn woman. She knows how to write a friendship tale like no other.

    I hav

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    This. Book. Was. So. Stinkin'. Sweet.

    I seriously adore Millie with all my heart. Heck, even mean girl Callie grew on me. I didn't think that was going to be possible but Julie Murphy is some kind of a magical unicorn woman. She knows how to write a friendship tale like no other.

    I have the same complaint with this one that I had with

    The ending was somewhat abrupt and my body was not ready to leave these characters behind.

    Overall, this was an incredibly solid YA contemporary. I would definitely be down for another companion novel in this series. Or pretty much anything else Julie Murphy wants to bless us with. I promise not to be too picky.

  • Christy

    is such a wonderful, feel good YA book. I am a huge fan of Julie Murphys after reading

    , and now

    and I was lucky enough to meet her this past weekend and get an autographed copy of both books! Eek!

    This book has two main characters/narrators. The first is Millie. Millie is amazing. She would have been my BFF in HS. Heck, in many ways, I was a lot like her in school. I loved how she was always positive, focused on friendship, and had dreams and goals of her ow

    is such a wonderful, feel good YA book. I am a huge fan of Julie Murphys after reading

    , and now

    and I was lucky enough to meet her this past weekend and get an autographed copy of both books! Eek! 



    This book has two main characters/narrators. The first is Millie. Millie is amazing. She would have been my BFF in HS. Heck, in many ways, I was a lot like her in school. I loved how she was always positive, focused on friendship, and had dreams and goals of her own. I only wish I would have had the confidence she has at that age. The other mc is Callie. Callie couldn’t be more opposite than Millie. She is sort of a ‘mean girl’, but Callie changes with time over the course of the book and becomes much more likable.

    
Both girls had a love interest in the story. Millie’s was sweet and wonderful, and I liked Callie’s love interest more than her a lot of the time. But as much as I loved the romance aspect of these books, the fact that Murphy focuses on positive female friendships at this age is EVERYTHING. That is the biggest focus within this story. And those are the relationships when you’re a teen that are important. I also love that the familial relationships are in the forefront of the book. Millie’s relationship with her parents, as well as Callie’s played a big part.

    I loved this story so much. Once again, my only complaint is that it ended too soon. I wanted more. Thank you Julie Murphy for writing characters that are realistic, positive, have hopes and dreams, and ones that are relatable to all. I wish books like this would have been written when I was in high school!

  • Cesar

    4 stars.

    I'm simply amazed by how Julie can manage to not only write an excellent story but also incorporate many social issues in one book!

    and

    are some of my favorite contemporary stories because of how they manage to not only make me smile but also how they share deep emotional stories of the characters. And

    is no exception! Julie is becoming one of my favorite authors to look out for.

    Puddin' is a companion novel to Dumplin' where it tells the stories of Millie an

    4 stars.

    I'm simply amazed by how Julie can manage to not only write an excellent story but also incorporate many social issues in one book!

    and

    are some of my favorite contemporary stories because of how they manage to not only make me smile but also how they share deep emotional stories of the characters. And

    is no exception! Julie is becoming one of my favorite authors to look out for.

    Puddin' is a companion novel to Dumplin' where it tells the stories of Millie and Callie, two girls who are on opposite ends of the social ladder. Mille dreams of going to journalism camp and Callie wants what's best for her dance team. Circumstances bring these two together to make the most uplifting friendship the town has ever seen. A sweet story of overcoming obstacles and friendship.

    I recommend you read Dumplin' first before going into Puddin' since the characters are already established in Dumplin' as well as knowing what the plot was from Dumplin'.

    What Julie excels in Puddin' is how she makes a story about friendship and turns it into a heartwarming story of two girls wanting to change the world around them. Millie and Callie to make an interesting duo because Millie is the nice girl and Callie is the mean girl. But surprisingly, they get along well. Their friendship is not only of convenience but one that brings out the best of each girl. Even mean girl Callie grew on me. And Millie was a sunshine personified, being all happy and determined. These two are the definition of a heartfelt genuine friendship. Points for that.

    Then comes the social issues Julie tackles. From body acceptance, race, sexuality, Julie does an amazing job of going through each matter. When you have an author who does a great job of going through each subject, it makes the story all the more wholesome and fun with such a diverse cast.

    The one issue I do have with the book is how it rushed things near the end. If you paid any attention to your middle school English lessons, you would know about the story arc (exposition and stasis, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution). To me, Puddin' had the exposition, rising action, and climax, but the falling action and resolution happened too quickly. Imagine the falling action being only 5 seconds and the resolution 2 seconds. This is apparent in the last 30 pages of the book. It wasn't bad, but it was too rushed.

    Julie did an amazing job with Puddin'. I liked everything from the characters, to the plot, it was all sublime. If there's a contemporary author I'm looking forward to reading their books, it's Julie.

    Thanks for reading my review!

    -Cesar

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Love love love love LOVED Millie as a character. She was the sweetest thing ever and I’m so glad I read this. Giving it a 3.5 as well bc it was mega cute, but I feel like it lacked the oooomph to really make me care and give it a 4. So 🤷🏼♀

    Love love love love LOVED Millie as a character. She was the sweetest thing ever and I’m so glad I read this. Giving it a 3.5 as well bc it was mega cute, but I feel like it lacked the oooomph to really make me care and give it a 4. So 🤷🏼‍♀️

  • Stacee

    3.5 stars

    I loved Dumplin’ so I knew I would be reading Puddin’ when I found out it was happening. And honestly, I was a little let down that it wasn’t the girl romance that cover and synopsis made me think it was.

    Millie and Callie are okay MCs. Mille is ridiculously positive and Callie is ridiculously negative and while I liked them well enough, I didn’t feel connected to either of them. I didn’t care for the way Callie’s actions were addressed — she didn’t catch on to how her actions effected

    3.5 stars

    I loved Dumplin’ so I knew I would be reading Puddin’ when I found out it was happening. And honestly, I was a little let down that it wasn’t the girl romance that cover and synopsis made me think it was.

    Millie and Callie are okay MCs. Mille is ridiculously positive and Callie is ridiculously negative and while I liked them well enough, I didn’t feel connected to either of them. I didn’t care for the way Callie’s actions were addressed — she didn’t catch on to how her actions effected people and no one bothered to inform her. There are several secondary characters and the story does rely on needing to be familiar with the other girls from Dumplin. Of course I didn’t remember them, so I was a bit left out of some of the jokes and possible mentions from the previous book.

    Plot wise, it moved slower than I was expecting. Lots of small things happened that didn’t seem to work up towards anything substantial. By the time I got to the end, I was a little surprised that it was over at that point. It’s not a cliffhanger, yet it felt unfinished.

    Don’t get me wrong, it was an enjoyable read. There are several scenes of girls supporting girls, talk of body positivity, diversity, and representation. I guess I was expecting a lot more from this one and didn’t quite get what I wanted.

    **Huge thanks to Balzer + Bray for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

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    2018 is apparently when I break my own rules when it comes to reading since I generally don’t read second offerings, but I’ve done it a couple of times this year and as soon as I heard this was going to be a thing I was all like . . . . .

    As the blurb states,

    is a

    book to

    . It’s probably not necessary to read that one in order to enjoy this one, but boy oh boy would you b

    Find all of my reviews at:

    2018 is apparently when I break my own rules when it comes to reading since I generally don’t read second offerings, but I’ve done it a couple of times this year and as soon as I heard this was going to be a thing I was all like . . . . .

    As the blurb states,

    is a

    book to

    . It’s probably not necessary to read that one in order to enjoy this one, but boy oh boy would you be missing out if you didn’t. This go ‘round the focus is on former Miss Clover City beauty pageant contestants Millie Michalchuk . . . .

    and Callie Reyes . . . .

    This is a story of their unlikely friendship when a prank goes too far and leaves Callie with some community service type of hours at the family-owned gym where Millie works part-time. It’s a sweet little story that teaches a handful of life lessons. Like . . . .

    And . . . .

    And . . . .

    And most importantly . . . .

    If you are a fairly liberal-minded parent, I would totally recommend this (and the amazing Willowdean’s story) to upper-middle-grade girls. They need to learn about this stuff BEFORE they get to high school. (

    There is alluded to sex, but absolutely no detail whatsoever and the girl realizes that she’s worth more than just her looks and locks it down so I thought that was excellent.)

    3 Stars because I just wasn’t the target demographic for this one. Buuuuuuuut I’m still completely enamored with Julie Murphy and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next : )

  • 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!!!!

  • 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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