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Dear Sweet Pea

(Dumplin' #2.5)

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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,796 ratings  ·  567 reviews
The first middle grade novel from Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’ (now a popular Netflix film), is a funny, heartwarming story perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead, Ali Benjamin, and Holly Goldberg Sloan. Four starred reviews!

Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce. She never
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Hardcover, 273 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was absolutely precious and my heart is so dang full.

TW: divorce, homophobia
Whitney Atkinson
This book was so adorable and I really, really wish it had been there for me when I was a kid. From a fat main character to an entire conflict about being upset your middle school friends are growing up too much, I saw so much of my younger self in Sweet Pea. I listened to this book on audio and I loved how cheesy and fun it was. It had great representation and mindfully discussed divorce and facing the consequences of your actions, which I thought was a nice touch. Again, I just wish I'd read t ...more
Christy
4 stars



Dear Sweet Pea was such a cute read! I love Julie Murphy’s writing and I enjoyed this middle grade novel lots.

Patricia ‘Sweet Pea’ DiMarco is a middle schooler who is going through a lot. Her parents are recently divorced and now her time is split between two homes. It’s an adjustment. Things are changing and she’s having to learn to deal with the changes Thankfully, she has her best friend, Oscar. But then things happen that have her keeping secrets from Oscar and everything feels like
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

A really sweet and heartwarming middle grade read. I highly recommend for readers of all ages!
Christy
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I chose this one for the "Middle Grade" section of a Reading Challenge I'm participating in. I have previously liked Julie Murphy's Dumplin' series and I thought this one was also cute. I'm not particularly into Middle Grade books, but this was definitely a sweet story for someone who is or a younger reader.
Layla (Between the Lines)
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2019
Review to come!
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Julie Murphy's books are so heart-warming but also don't shy away from complexities and grey areas. This is a great debut into the middle grade market about a 13-year-old who has a lot of stuff going on in her life: parents' divorce, parent coming out, an ex-BFF, and an eccentric elderly neighbour who asks Sweet Pea to look after her mail for her advice column while she's gone. Sweet Pea gets herself into a wee bit of trouble. I loved this! Murphy does a great job casually integrating queer char ...more
Melanie  Brinkman
Sometimes simply living life is the key to giving others (and ourselves) the best advice.

When Patricia "Sweet Pea" DiMarco's parents announced they were getting a divorce, she wasn't sure what to expect. But their plan to live in nearly identical houses on the same street, with only Miss Flora Mae, the town's advice columnist between them, hasn't been easy for her to deal with. That's not to mention all the problems that going to school with her ex best friend brings. Things might just be unbear
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Emma
*3.5 stars
This was the cutest! Review to come <3
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Jade Melody
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was a cute middle grade story about a girl named Sweet Pea. Her parents have just told her they are getting divorced because her dad has recently come out as gay. Along with that her dad is moving out, but only one house down the street; The house in between is Miss Flora Mae's, the towns advice columnist. While dealing with her family troubles, Sweet Pea is also dealing with the struggles of being "the weird girl" in seventh grade. That doesn't stop her stride though, it's h
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M.  [storme reads a lot]
Sweet Pea is a seventh grader trying to figure out life. She’s living in mirror houses since her parents divorced. They have two houses next to each other, made to be identical so the transition is easier. But life is not easier for her. She’s trying to figure out how to deal with the divorce, embrace being fat, losing her old best friend, and how to keep her new best friend, Oscar. There’s so many life changes occurring for the thirteen year old, she may need to get some advice from the town co ...more
Rian *fire and books*
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, audiobooks
This is fucking adorable.
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, contemporary, arcs, mg
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Sweet Pea liked the way things were, but they wouldn't stop changing. First, she lost her best friend, Kiera, to the popular older girls. Then, her parents got divorced, and she was forced to split time between their "mirror" homes. It also seemed as though she was losing her new best friend, Oscar, because she was keeping secrets from him. Sweet Pea had all the answers for everyone else's dilemmas, but could she solve her own problems?

It was love at first page for me and Sweet
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Amanda
I am in love with this book. I aspire to be just like Flora Mae when I'm old, minus the stuffed dead cat.
Elizabeth☮
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet Pea is a great character. Her parents are recently divorced but live on the same street with one neighbor between them (the eccentric Miss Flora Mae). Flora Mae has an advice column in the local paper. While Flora is away visiting a family member, she asks Sweet Pea to take care of her plants and send her the letters of those seeking advice. Flora Mae is dealing with dividing her time between two homes, trying to figure out why her ex-best friend is her ex-best friend and she really wants ...more
Casey, with a book
SO much to love about this.
steph
This is sweet. A very solid middle school book about a girl going through a divorce with two civil parents who are still friends while trying to manage her own changing friendships on the cusp of 8th grade. There is little romance in here other than small crushes which was kinda nice and refreshing. I would recommend.
Abby Johnson
SO GOOD, you all.

I had high hopes for Julie Murphy's first middle grade novel because I am a huge fan of Dumplin' and Puddin'. Friends, it was everything I hoped it would be.

Sweet Pea is a small town Texas girl with a lot on her plate right now. Her parents have just gotten divorced because her dad realized that he's gay. Things are heating up in the war against her former best friend who ditched her for some older, cooler, thinner? girls. And her neighbor, Miss Flora Mae the eccentric author
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QNPoohBear
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5+ stars with extra points for Sweet Pea.

Sweet Pea DiMarco is a thirteen-year-old girl with a double chin and a cat named Cheese. Her world has been upended by her parents recent divorce, or as her therapist mom calls it "mindful division." Sweet Pea's dad, who has recently come out as gay, moved out and into a nearly identical house two doors down. Mom has the original house and Dad has the duplicate - complete with all the same furnishings. Sweet Pea divides her week between her two parents
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Melissa
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had read Dumplin' a while ago and really enjoyed Julie Murphy's writing style. I saw Dear Sweet Pea in some social media posts and decided to give it a try. Even though it's closer to my daughter's age-level, I really enjoyed it and could even relate to Sweet Pea in some ways. It was a quick read and moved at a nice pace. I felt bad about what Sweet Pea was going through with her parents' divorce and feeling like an outcast at school. I love how she starts answering letters for her neighbor an ...more
Madeline O'Rourke
Dear Sweat Pea is a wonderful middle grade novel. Though it never drops the actual word, it revolves largely around empathy; Sweet Pea's empathy, the empathy afforded toward her, and the kinds of empathy she is learning.

Sweet Pea's experiences and her responses to events feel very true for her age. Navigating her parent's amicable divorce, her father's sexuality, and the difficulties of friendships, Sweet Pea is a charming main character. And I loved the slight, ever so slight, reference to the
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Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
I love Julie Murphy and just think her writing works for me. She is great at showing insecurities but also showing you that they can be overcome and sometimes seen as normal. This is about a vulnerable time in young adolescent life, friendship and growing apart. Really well done
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
It explored so many topics I didn't think would be talked about in middle grade fiction!!!
dylan
*3.5

cute story with a lot of good elements, but I really did not like the main character or her actions!!
Keely
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Pea is a 7th grader living in the small town of Valentine, TX. She struggles with the usual things—friends, school, and self-image. But she as an added challenge in that her parents have just divorced and taken the unusual step of living in almost identical houses on the same street in an effort to keep life as normal as possible for her. It doesn’t feel too normal to Sweet Pea, but she’s coping the best she can. In bouncing back and forth between her parents’ houses, Sweet Pea strikes up ...more
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, physical-2019
What an adorable book. Loved every page!

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I love this author and she is an auto-buy for me. I have read everything Murphy has written and loved ever word. When I heard she was writing a MG book, I knew I would read that as well. You know what? It’s just as adorable, hard hitting, though provoking, and relevant as you would image it to be. This did not disappoint.

Sweet Pea, aka Patricia (but don’t call her that), is not h
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vanessa
Thanks to my current sanding/painting project I flew through this audiobook. I thought this book was super cute and lighthearted. I've now read two sweet middle grade contemporaries back to back and I'm so happy about it. My favorite things about this story: Sweet Pea's voice, the representation that's subtle but definitely there, and the positive discussions about tough subjects. I really enjoyed the great cast of secondary characters, too, including Miss Flora Mae and all of the kids at Sweet ...more
Liz
Oh my gosh y'all. This book was so, so good.

I really liked that Murphy's debut middle grade dealt with body image issues, sexuality, and friendship.

But it's also just charming AF. I loved the setting and Miss Flora Mae, and I loved Cheese, Sweet Pea's Cat. Cheese, Cheese, Cheese Cheese.

A heartfelt, charming, hilarious middle grade. Love.
Geraldine (geraldinereads)
This is probably the best middle grade book I've ever read! I honestly still can't believe it's middle grade because it reads more like YA! It covers such important topics that adults can relate to but at the same time Julie Murphy made it easy for a younger audience to understand these topics as well. A book you'll binge in one day, a very sweet read overall!
Laura Gardner
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My book reviewing brain is a bit broken right now, but when one of your favorite authors (top 5!!) comes out with her first #mglit book, one has to dig deep. I checked this BRAND NEW book by @andimjulie out yesterday at 4:30 p.m. and finished by 8:30 p.m. I had to parent and cook in between, too. It's just SO GOOD. 🌟 All the stars!! 🌟 .
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Pitch-perfect narration, quick moving plot, characters you can't help but adore, tons of diversity, and so much more. Did I mention it's hilarious? Issues add
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