In this Unabridged Book Club episode, we discuss Julie Murphy's YA lit novel, Dumplin'.
When “self-proclaimed fat girl” Willowdean Dickson decides to shake things up in her small town by entering her former beauty queen mother’s beloved beauty pageant, she learns more about herself than she anticipates.
“I think you gotta be who you want to be until you feel like you are whoever it is you're trying to become. Sometimes half of doing something is pretending that you can.”
Spoilers are inevitable throughout our book club discussion, so consider whether or not to listen if you haven't yet read the book Dumplin'!
Introduction and Summary of the Book: 00:00 - 01:30
Main Discussion: 01:30 - 42:40
Book Pairings: 42:50 - 49:24
Classroom Connections: 49:24 - 56:36
Ashley - Dhonielle Clayton's The Belles
Jen - Isabel Quintero’s Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
Sara - Sharon Huss Roat's How to Disappear
Erin Jade Lange's Butter
Jennifer Niven's Holding Up the Universe
Carolyn Mackler's The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls
A. S. King's Reality Boy
A. S. King's Everybody Sees the Ants
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