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Review: Puddin' by Julie Murphy

Title: Puddin'
Author: Julie Murphy
Year Published: 2018

Genre: YA fiction
Pages: 428
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)USA (TX)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream--and to kiss the boy she's crushing on.

Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she's more frenemy than friend.

When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

A story about unexpected friendship, romance, and Texas-size girl power.

Review: I am so happy that there is a companion novel to Dumplin' (see my review here)! I loved Millie in the first book and continue to love her in this one. You can read this as a stand alone, but it is better if you've read Dumplin'.

Murphy captures small town and small high school America (Texas, specifically) really well with the dance team, importance of the football team, the drama, and the town where everyone knows everyone. Since it's Texas, it's multi-racial in a natural way and she even brings in some LGBTQ characters in a way that shows this new generation doesn't really care who you love.

I love the drama, the romance, and the friendships in this book. Yes, there's a happy ending and I am totally okay with that since life doesn't always seem to deliver that on its own. And there is also something just so sweet and wonderful about Millie. She owns who she is, her size, and what she wants from life. She has learned to be herself no matter what others say or do. What a great message for all of us!

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