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(Dumplin' #3)

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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  5,820 ratings  ·  1,055 reviews
Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon, so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth.

So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right af
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 25th 2021 by Balzer + Bray
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Meital F I read it having only seen the movie Dumplin (I know, I know, I’m a cop out), and it made total sense to me. I’m definitely planning to read the other…moreI read it having only seen the movie Dumplin (I know, I know, I’m a cop out), and it made total sense to me. I’m definitely planning to read the other books though…(less)
Colin yes. no previous knowledge about dumplin' or puddin' has any significant impact on your understanding of pumpkin's story. :-)…moreyes. no previous knowledge about dumplin' or puddin' has any significant impact on your understanding of pumpkin's story. :-)(less)

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Sahil Javed
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
julie murphy is releasing another book in the dumplin' universe and the protagonist is a fat queer boy. god is real. ...more
Larry H
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pride-reads
Holy hell! Pumpkin , Julie Murphy's latest book, is an absolutely amazing book about living your life as unabashedly you as you can.

Waylon Brewer is a flamboyantly gay (and fat) high school senior from a small Texas town. Being gay at his high school isn’t ideal but it’s not too traumatizing; while he has to endure some taunting, having his twin sister Clementine (who is also gay) by his side makes everything more endurable.

“There are times when I feel like I can’t be me. I can’t simply exist
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Lea (drumsofautumn)
giving this a pre-release 5 stars because someone gave it 1 star for no reason whatsoever and because of that the average rating is a 1 star and we absolutely hate to see it. will delete the rating as soon as actual ratings and reviews of the book come in 💜
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

Waylon is a fat openly gay teen living in a small town in Texas. After getting some shocking news about his sister, Waylon makes an audition video for his favorite drag tv show. Except somehow the entire school sees the video and Waylon is nominated as a joke for Prom Queen as well as his sister’s girlfriend, Hannah who is nominated for Prom King. Waylon and Hannah decide to run with it and leave high school with a bang.

Julie Murphy is one of my favorite young adult writers of this t
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
“When the world isn’t selling what you’re looking to buy, you just have to take it upon yourself to cut your own pattern.”

Actual footage of me logging onto the library website Tuesday morning to check if I was first in line for this book . . . .



It’s not easy to be a fat gay boy in Clover City, Texas, but with the help of supporting parents, an excellent grammy and his twin sister Clementine, Waylan has managed to make it all the way to the end of his senior year. He’s counting down the
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laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
This was delightful. In a particularly horrific week, this was both a comfort and also something I wanted to avoid because I did not want to deal with something so happy, hopefully and optimistic.

Very enjoyable, although I wanted moahr.

Full RTC.

I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review
Christy
4 stars

Pumpkin' is the third book in Julie Murphy's 'Dumplin' series and I enjoyed it so much! It was such a fun read.

Pumpkin', also known as high school senior Waylon is nominated for Prom Queen, along with his sister's girlfriend Hannah who is up for King. These two are told they can drop out, but they decide to go along with it and campaign. I loved the journey Waylon went on while doing this. He learned so much about himself and let people in, which is something he rarely did before this.

T
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Colin
TOTAL READING TIME: 3 hours, 27 minutes.

Okay, I'm not sure why this has the highest average rating for a book set in the Dumplin' universe but I was a bit underwhelmed with the plot itself. The characters and their dynamics were great and I loved them but I found the story to be lacking and a bit boring. I thought this would have a big focus on the drag side of things but I found that it mostly focused on boring prom court stuff and Waylon moping about Clem going to college in Georgia. IDK, mayb
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Peter Monn
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Omg so good! Loved it!
Katie B
Do you ever get the urge to hug a book when you finish reading it because you loved it so much? This one is such a terrific coming of age story and my favorite book in the Dumplin' book series. The main character, Waylon Brewer, aka Pumpkin, just captured my heart.

Waylon is a high school senior and lives in small town in West Texas. He's overweight and openly gay and he is no stranger to getting picked on. Waylon is looking forward to moving to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, after the
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Renata
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
yess I was stoked to get an ARC of this! I love Julie Murphy's funny, warmhearted, fat-positive books. I love that this opens with Waylon's love of a clear analogue of RuPaul's Drag Race and a clear call-out of RuPaul's ongoing fatphobia (among other issues). That show is popular with a lot of teens (LGBTQ+ and otherwise) who I think will love reading about it and relate to Waylon's feelings about it. I also love that it shows teen ambivalence toward college and acknowledges that that doesn't ne ...more
Matt  Chisling (MattyandtheBooks)
Five big, fat, fabulous stars for the YA novel with the hero of my dreams.

Julie Murphy, author of the bestseller Dumplin’ (yes, the basis of THAT Netflix film) brings us back to Clover City, Texas for one last hurrah in PUMPKIN. It’s the story of Waylon Brewer: a fat, openly gay boy who is ready to live his truth. He’s a senior in high school, and he’s ready to leave this town behind and ride away with his twin sister. But when his plans go awry, a late-night decision inspires him to instead aud
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Anna
Jul 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm about to be petty in this damn review because I just read through some reviews and the audacity that people have It's making me angry.

Someone else in the review literally said that there was too much diversity here. That there was too many queer identities and it was unrealistic. You know what? Fuck that bullshit. I am so exhausted of cis gay older men complaining about different labels and gender identity and having to confront racism and transphobia in aphobia within the queer community. H
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fleshy
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fat
It’s like all of the complaints I had from the previous two books were listened to and implemented in the most heavy handed yet bland way.

I can only describe this reading experience as entering a fugue state.

I laughed once, making it necessarily better than Puddin', so it gets two stars.

One thing that made me very uncomfortable was that race (and gender and sexuality) is mentioned constantly. Waylon is always telling us, and reminding us, what race someone is. All. The. Time. Nonstop throughou
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Mimi
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
WAYLON BREWER NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS - HE IS THE CINNAMONEST OF CINNAMON ROLLS
Daphne
I have a big fondness for Dumplin', mostly because of the Netflix movie though I also remember really liking the book. I don't really remember much of the companion book Puddin', but I also remember liking that. This book fits right in, it was a fun feel-good story with a good message. I really liked Waylon as the main character. I liked the side characters too and enjoyed it whenever characters from the previous books showed up.

The story was sweet and optimistic. I enjoyed it a lot. I really th
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VL
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Dumplin' universe is one of my absolute favorites. Reading this was like stepping into a warm hug. ...more
Mallory
Jun 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the third book set in this universe and so far I’ve loved them all. This one was a little bit of a slower start for me, but it made up for that in the second half when I couldn’t stop turning the pages. I love this optimistic fictional town of Clover city where those who are weird find more acceptance and success than hate. This volume centers around a fabulous senior named Waylon who is a fat, gay, teen with aspirations of getting into drag. When Waylon and his twin sister’s girlfriend ...more
lily (midnights version) ✿
Sep 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
even though i’ve never lived in the south, there is something about julie murphy’s clover city books that feel like home. as soon as you open the cover and read a few pages, you feel as if you already know the main characters, have known them your whole life instead of merely just having been introduced to them. and with the protagonist being a fat, gay kid who dabbles in drag? what more could a reader possibly ask for?

each of the characters are bursting with life and personality. even when the
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M.
I don't know what it is about this series, but I just love it so much! I think Julie Murphy just excels at writing a great high school experience or even lack of, and then making it queer. I just cannot fully express how much I love these books, and this one was no exception. Just the cover alone makes my heart so happy!

Waylon is a gay teen who has lived in this small texas town his whole life. When his sister also came out when he did, he thought it made them closer. He and Clem are best friend
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Jenni
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Third time's the charm! This book is Dumplin' #3 and is the best one of all. Our story follows Waylon, a tall, bigger boy who is red-headed. And gay. He laments that it's hard enough to be the tall fat kid, but to be gay and feminine in a small Texas town is the icing on the cake, Oh, and then there's his twin sister, Clementine. Waylon's grandma calls him Pumpkin and being a big guy with orange hair just kind of fits with that nickname. When the story opens, we see Waylon getting excited for th ...more
Shannon
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia, ya-fiction
I was honestly not expecting to love this one as much as I did!! I loved how Julie Murphy upends the traditional dynamic of the prom - arguably the most iconic heteronormative milestone of high school - by having two out gay teens get nominated for prom court in a role reversal as a joke. Rather than being ashamed though, Weylon, a plus-sized gay boy who was just trying to keep his head down until graduation, ends up embracing his prom queen nomination and becoming an inspiration for the other q ...more
Anniek
Aug 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I did really enjoy this, and I loved Waylon. Unfortunately I didn't love this as much as I'd hoped though - this was a 5 star prediction for me - but I still really liked it. ...more
Kate Olson
Jun 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS
Whitney
Aug 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this story and when I first started it I really thought that I would, but Waylon is a petty, self centered, mean spirited person. I get it, he's a teenager. He's a femme gay teenager and that makes his life hard, but goddamn, he had no room in his woe is me thoughts to care about anyone else.

He's constantly throwing his twin's decision to go somewhere without him back in her face despite having 'hashed it out', he enjoys seeing Tucker struggle with his alcoholic father because
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Ang
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ohhhhhh my goodness I loved the shit out of this. There's so much to love: supportive families (is Clover City the Schitt's Creek of fiction???), great friends, twins, drag queens, LURVE and of course, did I mention, LURVE?

Seriously though, the feel-good bits of this were just so wonderful, and though there is conflict, it is low-stakes and you know things will work out in the end. I loved Clem and Waylon; I loved that everyone's fave Clover City characters come back.

Thanks to NetGalley and the
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Alex
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made my heart smile
Hayden (bookish.hayden)
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've loved Julie Murphy for years, and this book just reinforced how incredible of a writer she is. Her books feature fat main characters at the forefront, living their absolute best lives. And the subject matter of this book was just so sweet. There is mild homophobia within, but Waylon and Clementine are both loved and accepted by their family and friends.

CW: homophobia, death of a parent (past, described briefly), alcoholism in a parent, alcohol consumption, body image issues, internalized fa
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Bookclubforme
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Having loved the first two books in the series (if you haven't watched Dumplin on Netflix, I highly recommend - also definitely read the books!) I couldn't wait to read Waylon's story. Murphy's characters are always so charming and full of life and Waylon is no exception!

Stuck in a small minded town, Waylon's personality is hindered. But when he is cruelly nominated as Prom Queen, he takes it all in his stride to show the world he's proud of who he is. Through his love of drag, the help of frie
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Ryan
Jun 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Waylon Brewer is obsessed with the drag queen reality series “Fiercest of them All.” One day he records a video to audition as Miss Pumpkin Patch using his nickname as inspiration. Waylon is nominated for prom queen while his twin sister’s girlfriend is nominated for prom king. They both agree to run. While trying to figure out his future, he is dealing with being an out fat, gay kid in a small Texas town with some very confusing boys.

I loved this book. It’s so delightful, and charming. I love t
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Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time.

When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure.

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