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(Dumplin' #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  8,729 ratings  ·  1,448 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
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May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!!


Puddin’ is such a wonderful, feel good YA book. I am a huge fan of Julie Murphys after reading Dumplin’, and now Puddin’ 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
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Oct 02, 2017 marked it as zzzzz
Shelves: coverporn
holy crap wait is this a romance between the two girls on the cover?

Peter Monn
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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 🤷🏼♀ ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“I need you like Oprah needs Gayle.”

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, Puddin’ is a companion book to Dumplin’. It’s probably not necessary to read that one in order to enjoy this one, but boy oh boy would you b
Katie B
3.5 stars

I thought this was a pretty nice follow-up to the book Dumplin'. Willowdean isn't the main character in this one, but she does make some appearances so you do get to find out a little bit about what is going on in her life. Callie and Millie were side characters in the previous book and I enjoyed seeing them featured in this novel.

Millie is sick of attending fat camp every summer and is determined to get into a camp with other students who have an interest in broadcast journalism. Calli
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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! Dumplin' and Ramona Blue 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 Puddin' 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
Dec 24, 2015 marked it as to-read
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!!!!
2 / 5

Puddin’, while very similar to Dumplin’, did not have the same “feeling” as its predecessor. At least, that’s my opinion—but feel free to disagree with me on that.

I tried not to compare Puddin’ to Dumplin’, but the entire time I was reading my brain kept on yelling: Will was a better character! Why can’t I connect to Millie or Callie? Why don’t I like anyone or anything going on?

It was exhausting.

I quickly came to realize (around page 100) that I wasn’t going to enjoy Puddin’. When I ha
Review can also be found on my blog.

Super big thanks to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for letting me read an e-arc of this.

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

WARNING: Reading this book too quickly may put you at an increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes.

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
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
"If Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood had a baby, it'd be you."
"I'm not sure you mean that as a compliment, but I'm going to take that as one, because Luna and Neville forever."

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.

"Luke and Nikolai had the toxic shits last night. We might just hav
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
After reading (and loving) Dumplin', I was so excited to hear that there was a sequel in the works.

I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed this sequel. Maybe not as much as I enjoyed Dumplin', but close to it.

These characters were diverse, relatable, and mostly a good representation of what it's like to be a teenager. There may have been more dramatic moments that may not be particularly realistic, but for the most part, I thought it was was pretty realistic. The characters were also diverse in
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
4.5 stars!

I am so full of thoughts and emotions about this book. I need some time to compile them.

Riots not diets!


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I’ve been struggling with my review for Puddin’ because it was just that good of a story. I usually doubt my words and my ability to express how much I really enjoyed a story that pushes people to want to read it as well. I loved Dumplin’ because it gave a voice where there needed to be one. I feel this
Kate Olson
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this review copy!

ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. Body-positive, fat-positive, kick-a** females and a whole lot of wit. This book is an amazing follow up to Dumplin' and I don't want this series to ever, ever end! This is required reading for every mother, every daughter, and everyone on earth who could use an affirmation or reminder that ALL BODIES ARE BEAUTIFUL. And all dreams are worthwhile and worth fighting for. And crushes are awesome and all love is fabulous a
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Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-2018
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
Lea (drumsofautumn)
I've been sitting on writing this review for a couple of days because I just don't know how to express my love for this book and Julie Murphy. Puddin' offers so many great aspects and I simply enjoyed all of them.

In Puddin' we follow the perspective of Millie, Willowdean's friend from Dumplin', and Callie, basically Willowdean's arch enemy. I don't think you necessarily have to have read Dumplin' to go into Puddin' but it makes for a much better reading experience and I genuinely don't know why
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
I wanted to see more of Millie and Callie but instead I saw the boys get together and their whole story which I really didnt care about.
The high school drama was boring and mundane. To predictable and just not enjoyable.
I really enjoyed Dumplin but this was a huge let down.
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
3.5 Stars
“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 , but not to the point of
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
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh man, I REALLY loved this. I loved it even more than Dumplin'. Such a real heartwarming story with authentic characters. Millie is a crafty rule following fat girl who wants to be a broadcast journalist. Callie is a popular girl with a jerk bf, no true friends, and super into the dance team. Strange circumstances bring them together, and they become friends against all odds. Wonderful diversity of all stripes, and seriously adorable romances. I was really happy to see Mitch from Dumplin' get a ...more
Sam L.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, series
This book, was by far, better than Dumplin'. Dumplin' wasn't a bad book by any means, but Puddin' happened to be so much better.
Millie was awesome, and I loved her as a narrator. It was nice to see what she was thinking, and how she felt about things. She wanted that journalism spot, and when she didn't get it, she didn't quit (although Callie was the one who really helped her) and she went to Austin, TX, and she got that spot.
I hated Callie in Dumplin', but this book really gave me some persp
Don't mind me over here crying like a little baby. Julie Murphy's books, man- they just make me feel seen! The characters, the tenderness, the open explorations of how to become the person you want to be, the special insights into the challenges of being a (mostly) (somewhat) unapologetic fat girl.

I mean, Dumplin' and Puddin' both pretty much read like they're taken straight from my Most Perfect Fat Girl Fairytale Checklist. Let's see:
-Actual fat girl on the cover? Check!

-Title that doesn't co
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.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
I have to say, I was disappointed by the sequel. It seemed predictable, and cliche, I felt like half the pages didn't really have meaning or add anything to the story. I really did like Millie, she's adorable in this book though, didn't like Callie, even though it seems you should like her towards the end. I also would've liked to have more time with some of the other characters from Dumplin' in the book. It was an adorable and funny read, but I just wanted and expected more.
I liked this but not as much as Dumplin'. Mainly because while I enjoyed Callie and Millie and seeing their different POV's and growth, it was a little jarring switching back and forth from their voices in each chapter. Also it took me a LONG time to really warm up to Callie because I was so influenced by Willowdean's dislike of her from the previous book. However this is a BEAUTIFUL book about friendship, acceptance and making change yourself, not just waiting for the rest of the world to chang ...more
I enjoyed Dumplin' when I read it, but I think I liked Puddin' even more. The fact that it focuses on two very different girls and their development into friends just really drew me in. I found myself caring a lot about both Callie and Millie, and enjoying either point of view. I liked that Callie wasn't toned down for this book. At the start, she was still pretty awful and did a lot of bad things. The author did a good job of making you understand why she did those things, and it never felt ann ...more
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Originally posted on Pretty Little Memoirs.
In the sequel to Dumplin', there's Puddin'. (Okay, does the title remind anyone else of Harley Quinn's line?) It's essentially a companion novel to the first that follows some of the supporting characters from the first book. We have these two main characters - Millie and Callie - and they're quite different from each other. Millie is a sweetheart, super positive and just one of those people who would have made the best friend when I was growing up. I n
laura (bookies & cookies)
I found my first favorite book of the year! I loved Dumplin', but I ADORE Callie & Millie. I kept feeling like they'd end up together, but that is not the case. However, if you go into this expecting a cute enemies to friends story, you won't leave disappointed!
Vicky Who Reads
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drcs
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed reading this!

It's been a while since I read Dumplin', but getting the chance to read Puddin' early was really awesome. I didn't realize how much I missed Julie Murphy's writing until I started reading this.

There's just something about how Murphy manages to tie everything together and make it come full circle. Especially with Puddin' and its two storylines, I think Murphy did a really great job with the shaping of the story and the plot structure.

It was a little iffy in
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