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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, 437 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
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Alexis You probably don't have to, but Dumplin' was great and most of the characters cross over. It's a companion novel, but it also spoils the end of Dumpli…moreYou probably don't have to, but Dumplin' was great and most of the characters cross over. It's a companion novel, but it also spoils the end of Dumplin' so I strongly recommend reading it first. (less)
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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
Elle (ellexamines)
Oct 02, 2017 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
Shelves: x-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 ...more
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 🤷🏼‍♀️
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
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
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
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 h
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get to this series! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Amazing characters, believable angst and pages you just can’t stop turning. I loved Millie to death, and adore Julie Murphy for her skill in crafting characters who are diverse in so many ways and have quirky personalities all their own.

Callie, I’ll be honest, took a while to grow on me, and I thought the author did a fantastic job of writing the entitled, spoiled facets of her character authentically. The way she coul
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
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
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
h o l l i s
"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
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Very cute and sweet follow-up to Dumplin' ...more
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
julianna ➹
I've been reading so many quality contemporaries lately oml

>> specific rep includes a plus-size representation mc, a biracial half-latinx mc, an Indian love interest, two side f/f relationships, an asexual side character
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
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
Ginger at GReadsBooks
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, ho
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.
Zitong Ren
This was solid and I enjoyed myself. Whilst I didn’t like Callie as a person, I still enjoyed the way her character was written. Millie was really great. It was slightly predictable, especially the ending and it didn’t end up feeling that special but it was a nice fun read.
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
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
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 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. ...more
Vicky Again
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
sally ♡
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
“I can’t live with the person you want me to be. Especially not when I know exactly who I want to be.”

super cute!!!! omg!!!!
i swear u could flip to any page and pull any line out of this book and it would be like, the exact thing u need to hear right then. it’s such a feel-good book!!! its feel-good but it’s also so important. like the author’s note says: if dumplin’, the first book, was about coming to terms with and loving your body, this one is about standing up and shouting to make the w
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I feel really sad about this book. Dumplin' was one of the best books I read last year, and I was so excited to get my hands on an early copy of the sequel. However, while Dumplin' was fresh and exciting, Puddin' was meandering, trite, and boring. The overly cutesy feel-good ending and two unneccessary, forced romances essentially decimated the fun, colorful world of the first book. While Murphy crafts excellent, funny, believeable characters, she let the plot of this one completely unravel into ...more
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