Dumplin' was recommended to me by my dear, dear friend Kara who always recommends fantastic books to me. And this one was just fantastic. Not only does the main character, Will(ow) love Dolly Parton, who I believe is an angel walking on earth, but she is fat, like me and man, could I relate to this story.
Dumplin's mom is a former beauty pageant winner and my mom could have been, had she not been so shy and had she lived in pageant country like Will(ow)'s mom. Texas is pageant country, Southwestern PA is not.
I wonder if Julie Murphy is a person of size because she really hit the nail on the head with this book. Dumplin knew just what it is like.
Just a great, great story that doesn't fall into predictable traps.
I bet David Levithan hates this book!
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.