by Julie Murphy

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The irresistible companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dumplin’, now a Netflix feature film starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, and a soundtrack by Dolly Parton!

Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream of being a newscaster—and to kiss the boy she’s crushing on.

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 surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

A story about unexpected friendship, romance, and Texas-size girl power, this is another winner from Julie Murphy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432865344
Publisher: Gale, A Cengage Company
Publication date: 06/26/2019
Series: Dumplin' Series , #2
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 617
Sales rank: 961,550
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time. When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure. She is also the author of the young adult novels Dumplin’ (now a film on Netflix), Puddin’, Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. You can visit Julie at www.juliemurphywrites.com.

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Puddin' 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
runnergirl83 More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the Dumplin series. The description says its a companion novel to Dumplin; however, stuff happens in the first one that is mentioned in this one, so this one is definitely taking place after that one. This novel rotates between Millie and Callie. Millie has gone to fat camp every year, but this year she doesn't want to go. She has accepted that she is fat and she's okay with that. She tends to be positive. Callie is a popular girl who ends up getting in trouble, and then she crosses paths with Millie. At first they aren't friends, but then they start to grow a friendship. This one took me a little bit to get into, I thought I wasn't going to like it at first. But then after a while, it was pretty good and I liked this one a little more than the first book. Overall it's a good series. It has a nice message of accepting yourself.
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to sit and write my review for Puddin’. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because it was just so darn good! I had absolutely adored Millie in Dumplin’ (both the book and movie) and was so excited to read a book where she was the star. It definitely did not disappoint! I fell in love with Millie in book 1 because of her beauty, her attitude, and her strength. I fell even more in love with her in book 2 because of her determination, her confidence, her loyalty, and her conscience. As a fellow fat girl, she is someone I would have looked up to when I was younger. Heck, I look up to her now! She was always so positive and bubbly, and I loved that about her. She also tried so hard to not let bullying and negativity stop her. She was an amazing influence on all those around her, especially Callie, and she was just so inspirational. I absolutely abhorred Callie in this one though. She slightly grew on me toward the end, but I hated her and everything she stood for until then. But, what I loved about her being in this book was the fact that Millie didn’t hate her, despite everything awful she was. People like Callie were the reason Millie was the way she was. And, I loved that Callie learned so many valuable life lessons from her, and learned to open her mind, and her heart, to stop being a cruel person. There were so many positive messages in this book too. I loved the body positivity. I loved the message that appearances shouldn’t matter. I loved the anti-bullying message, and I loved that it showed the true meaning and importance of real friendship. I just wanted to scream from the roof tops when I was done with this book. It was 10 times better than Dumplin’, and Dumplin’ already got 5 stars from me! I loved it so freaking much! Millie and her group of quirky friends were outstanding! I related to this book so flippin’ much, and I loved that it starred a beautiful, fierce, fat girl!
Renwarsreads More than 1 year ago
I truly love these characters and their spunk! I enjoyed this book as much as or maybe a bit more than Dumplin'. I think it's because I saw the Dumplin' movie first and then read the book and they were very different. This book I went into not knowing anything more than it was the same characters. I love Millie and I really think you saw her character develop and come into her own more in this book. I'm so glad all the "girls" were in this book, I love them all and their differences, and I love that they were able to come together and be friends despite these differences. Great book for all girls to read, short, tall, fat, thin, gay or straight, empowering!!
penpapersalt More than 1 year ago
fivestar_transparent If you read Dumplin', you loved it. (If you didn't love it, I'm not sure you read Dumplin'.) It's bold, it's affirming, it's one of the most perfect, heartwarming, and riotous self love journeys in contemporary YA. This May, actual goddess Julie Murphy blessed us with a companion novel, Puddin', starring Millie and Callie, two side characters from Dumplin'. There are lots of fantastic things to say about Puddin', but I'm going to keep it short, and avoid spoilers wherever possible. Here we go! Chronologically, it takes place in the months following Dumplin'. Millie has already had a transformative self love experience in the Clover City beauty pageant. So, unlike Willowdean, Millie's journey is not one of self love, it's demanding that the rest of the world respect her as much as she respects herself. This represents an evolution of the self love journey that most stories leave to the epilogue, so I really admire and appreciate that we get to immerse ourselves in that struggle with Millie. Who, let's be real, is one of the most perfect role models for young women ever. May we all be as optimistic and hard working and determined and true to ourselves as Millie. As for our other narrator...I struggled with Callie. I disliked being inside her head. She's mean, she's petty, and she's selfish. It was a strange experience to so actively root against someone. Even with anti-heroes, I think you're supposed to want them to succeed, but (for the most part) I didn't want Callie to achieve her goals because her goals were mean, petty, and selfish. However, upon reflection, I think that's pretty brilliant. We all know girls like Callie. Those Slytherin girls exist, and their experiences are just as worthy of time on the page as soft Hufflepuffs or bold Gryffindors. As a writer, I have mad respect for Murphy's ability to take a prickly, highly unlikable character and give them positive growth, dimension, and redemption without sacrificing the core of who they are. Everyone does stupid stuff in high school, but not everyone overcomes the stupid stuff they do in high school, and I think Callie's journey provides a fantastic road map on how to do that. So, the characters are A+. The plot? Also solid. I really cannot rec this widely enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So it took me a bit to remember some of the characters from the previous novel. Plot was a bit predictable, but overall I really enjoyed it!
Tiggy412 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, super easy read. Read it in one sitting. Liked it as much as the first book.
INpurplereader More than 1 year ago
Even if you pick up Puddin' and haven't read Julie Murphy's previous novel Dumplin', you're sure to leave the table satisfied. Millie Michalchuk is one of two protagonists in this young adult novel that in alternating chapters with Callie Reyes tells a tale of competition, winning, losing, making good and bad decisions, family, and most of all the power of female friendships with total acceptance of one another, blooms and thorns in all. Millie is a fat high school junior. Don't worry, she does not think of "fat" as anything but a descriptor because it does not define who she is. Her essence is Millie, with her good heart, her optimism, her intelligence, her sense of humor, and her loyalty. She faces foes daily in many ways, such as when a boorish classmate oinks whenever she passes near his vicinity. Working hard at being a top student, hanging out with friends, having a secret crush, and deciding not to attend Daisy Ranch this upcoming summer frame her days and nights while she also holds down a part time job at her uncle's boxing gym. Callie Reyes is a classmate of Millie, but from an entirely different social sphere, one of the dance team's major candidate for captain her senior year. Callie has been a 'Queen Bee' for so long that she has never learned how to be a girl's girlfriend, instead learning how to look out only for herself over time. Until now. As an adult long gone from high school, I enjoy young adult novels when they are well written, have compelling characters, have a few twists, and don't push typical teen stereotypes. Julie Murphy does a fine job in writing a story with real people at the center, not just another tale of a fat girl. In fact, other than the few times Millie has to deal with others' prejudices and name calling, or her own insecurity, a reader wouldn't necessarily consider her size or think of her as that. Don't get me wrong, when it is important for the reader to understand or empathize, Murphy pulls no punches in using the f-word. I think just about any teen girl would enjoy this story and possibly even learn a bit about friendship and acceptance.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
“I guess … well, that’s what stories do. They connect people. Stories change hearts and then hearts change the world.” So this book was sweet and hilarious. Puddin’ follows Millie Michalchuk and Callie Reyes after circumstances force the pair together. The girls, who are as different as can be, start to develop one unexpected friendship. Things I Liked I loved Millie. I thought she was this effervescent bubble of sunshine and positivity. She was optimistic t the point of naivety, just a happy person who is a joy to be around. I’m all about friendships in books so the fantastic girl group that Millie surrounds herself with was great to see. I lived that each girl had their own personality and opinions. They weren’t carbon copies of each other, but they made this supportive, encouraging, and unstoppable group. Millie and Malik were so freaking sweet, adorable, cute, and all the other fluffy, feel-good adjectives. Everytime they shared the page I was a goofy, smiling mess. Things I Didn’t Like I didn’t like Callie at all. She was a horrible person and I didn’t find any of her traits to be redeeming. I also didn’t really see any growth, so my feeling stayed pretty negative toward her for the entire book. With her being the other POV character, it did bring my enjoyment level down a bit. Millie’s mom also kinda sucked. I wanted her to embrace Millie as she was, not who she had the potential to be after she lost a few pounds. Puddin’ was definitely an enjoyable read and made me want to pick up Dumplin’. I’m always here for friendship stories and the good outweighed the bad for me. All-in-all this was a fun read, perfect for the transition to summer. I received a copy of the book from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
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 affected 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**