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Review: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Monday, August 24, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I have been a fan of Julie Murphy ever since I got an advanced copy of Side Effects May Vary. Julie's characters have the confidence I wish I had in high school, yet they are deeply flawed, which makes it so easy to identify with her characters. I knew as soon as I read the synopsis of Dumplin' that this was a book that I needed to own, and I knew before I even read the first line that this book was going to be one that would wreck me just because I knew that I was going to see myself in the character, Willowdean. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 15th, 2015
Format: eARC
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed "Dumplin'" by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked... until Will takes a job at Harpy's, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn't surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageants--along with several other unlikely candidates--to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she'll shock the hell out of Clover City--and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine--Dumplin' is guaranteed to steal your heart. (Goodreads)

Review: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Why I picked up the book: Ever since The Fault in Our Stars came out, I have been a sucker for cancer books. The early reviews for this novel came out, and I was hooked. I MUST READ THIS BOOK. MY HEART HAS NOT BEEN BROKEN IN AGES. Little did I know this book stands alone in the world of cancer books. It was refreshing, heartbreaking, and so damn thought provoking. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publish Date: March 18, 2014
Format: Kindle/ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction


Synopsis:
What if you'd been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, who she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger). But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she's said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she caused irreparable damage to the people around her—and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy's Side Effects May Vary is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality. (Goodreads)
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