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

  • Julie

    I don't have time to talk about everything this book means to me, but I need every single person on the planet to read it.

  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    I have so many feelings about this book and I doubt I will explain them well.  I absolutely love the way Julie Murphy writes.  Her words are touching, but there is always a lot of humor, too.  Her characters are so easy to relate to and I end up loving them.

    Millie   I adored Millie.  She was definitely my favorite person in this book.  Millie was in Dumplin', but this time the story is about her and Callie.  Millie is overweight and she makes no excuses for it.  She uses the word fat like it's n

    I have so many feelings about this book and I doubt I will explain them well.  I absolutely love the way Julie Murphy writes.  Her words are touching, but there is always a lot of humor, too.  Her characters are so easy to relate to and I end up loving them.

    Millie   I adored Millie.  She was definitely my favorite person in this book.  Millie was in Dumplin', but this time the story is about her and Callie.  Millie is overweight and she makes no excuses for it.  She uses the word fat like it's nothing bad.  She explains that it's just a word and it's part of who she is.  Millie is kind to everyone and knows exactly what she wants in life.  Her mom was overweight when she was younger and her whole life is defined by weight loss and diets.  She pushes this on Millie at a young age and sends Millie to "fat camp" every summer.  Millie decides that she's done with camp, but doesn't know how to explain it to her mom.  

    Callie    Callie is the mean girl and is so hard to like at first.  She is rude to just about everyone and is pretty selfish.  She is part of the dance team and they get really upset when the local gym drops their fundraising.  The team decides to get even and ends up vandalizing the gym.  Callie is the only one who is caught and she has to go work at the gym to pay off the debt.  She is also dropped from the team and her boyfriend breaks up with her.  Her whole life is changed by one bad choice.  Callie starts working with Millie and as much as the fights it, she can't help but like Millie.  Millie's friendship helps Callie grow so much throughout the book.  We find that Callie has her own personal struggles at times, partly because of her race.  She also has no idea who she is without dance and her boyfriend.  She struggles to make good choices in her life and tends to act on impulse without thinking things through.

    The rest.   We see all the girls back from Dumplin and they add a lot of friendship and laughter to the story.  We also get a couple boys.  Malik who Millie really likes a lot and Mitch that ends up talking to Callie more.  Millie pushes the girls to spend more time together again and they start having slumber parties.  My favorite one was when Callie hosted.

    The parents.   We see a lot of love from the parents in the story, but also a lot of flaws.  Callie's mom is obsessed with the dance team.  She does the right thing with grounding Callie after all the bad things she does, but she also struggles with the fact that her daughter won't repeat her dance history.  I really liked Callie's bio dad and wish he would have been in the book more.  Millie's mom was the big problem parent for me.  Yes, she loved her daughter.  But her focus on weight was such an issue.  This one hit close to home for me.  She just couldn't be happy with Millie how she was and I could feel Millie's pain.

    "There's a thin girl in you just waiting to get out."

    Callie's abuela.   I loved Callie's abuela so much!  Her relationship with her reminded me a lot of my grandma.  There was just this pure love.  No matter what Callie did, her grandma loved her for who she was.  She had so much wisdom that she shared in the little time we had with her.

    "If you only love what comes easy for you, you'll find you don't have much to love.  Work for it, girl."

    Puddin' really focuses on friendships and finding yourself and being happy with who you are.  There was a little bit of romance, too.  I loved everything about it and gave it 5 stars.

    I received a copy from Edelweiss for review.  Quotes are taken from an arc and may change before final publication. 

  • 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!

  • Justina Ireland

    The thing I love about Julie Murphy books is that they are funny and full of heart. They're like a warm, fuzzy blanket and a mug of hot chocolate on a chilly day. Julie makes even the prickliest of characters sympathetic.

    For those who loved Dumplin', this will be a delightful follow up. But if you didn't like Dumplin, Puddin isn't going to do it for you. These books are companions in the best sort of way, and for those who wanted to know what came next for Bo and Willowdean, there's something ex

    The thing I love about Julie Murphy books is that they are funny and full of heart. They're like a warm, fuzzy blanket and a mug of hot chocolate on a chilly day. Julie makes even the prickliest of characters sympathetic.

    For those who loved Dumplin', this will be a delightful follow up. But if you didn't like Dumplin, Puddin isn't going to do it for you. These books are companions in the best sort of way, and for those who wanted to know what came next for Bo and Willowdean, there's something extra special about returning to Clover City and seeing characters you already love.

    If Puddin is your first Julie Murphy book I highly suggest you read Dumplin first. You don't have to, but I think Puddin works much better after having read Dumplin.

    Either way, these books are the perfect pick me up on a bad day. Do yourself a favor and pick them up.

  • 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.

  • Hollis

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    As much as I've liked Murphy's previous books, I've never loved them. PUDDIN' is the closest to perfect I've had yet to have with this author. So I'm rounding this one up because while it wasn't an easy, or solid, four.. it wasn't too far off the mark.

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    As much as I've liked Murphy's previous books, I've never loved them. PUDDIN' is the closest to perfect I've had yet to have with this author. So I'm rounding this one up because while it wasn't an easy, or solid, four.. it wasn't too far off the mark.

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    series picks up after the self-same titled book but from this time from the perspectives of popular co-captain of the dance team, and unapologetic, meangirl Callie Reyes and Mille Michalchuk, a total sweetheart, crafting fan, and the runner up in the beauty pageant from book one, who also belongs to the same fatgirl sisterhood as Willowdean. And to clarify what I mean by that : she's fat and unashamed. She owns it. She owns herself. And that's that.

    These two unlikely girls, not enemies but certainly not friends, end up spending a lot of time together after Callie is busted for vandalizing the local gym that happens to be owned by Mille's uncle. There is bitterness, heartbreak, revenge, reinvention, realization, and even a

    homage. There is diversity, rebellion, reconciliation, way less Dolly Parton references than book one, and teen girls being as awful as teen girls can sometimes be. But it also has teen girls being the best kind of humans ever. And I think it's important to see both.

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    Not every aspect of the story was smooth sailing, not every character felt as fully realized as some of the others, and there are definitely a few mishaps that I'm sure (hope?) will get ironed out prior to publication. But. But. This is a great example of some of the more realistic YA fiction, with an equal amount of representation, that needs to be out in the world and I can't help but really really like it despite some of the glitches. Definitely my favourite by this author so far.

    3.75 "a long time ago, I decided to make a list of all the things I could control and what it came down to was this : my attitude" stars

    ** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  • Kristen

    Review can also be found

    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

    Review can also be found

    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.

  • 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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