Sometimes a little YA fiction is called for. I had tried to read a sci fi book for a book club and after reading the first 20 pages multiple times and still didn’t know what was going on. So, I picked up this book. Good choice.
Willowdean is in high school in a small town obsessed with a beauty pageant. She is (or perceives herself to be) overweight, which is her primary identity to herself. Her morbidly obese aunt recently passed away and her mother seems embarrassed by both her deceased sister and her daughter.
Dumplin’ addresses many of the usual issues of YA fiction, but also takes on body shaming and the horrors of being the ‘other’ in high school. The heroine is fierce and finds her voice over the course of the novel.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great distraction during a busy week. Enjoyable.