I LOVED Dumplin’, by Julie Murphy. It’s a YA book about a gal, Willowdean, who loves Dolly Parton, her best friend, and her late aunt. At her after school job, she meets a very attractive guy (“an 8”), and he likes her back. The issue is that Willowdean can’t stop doubting herself because of her weight. She eventually decides to surprise everyone by joining a beauty contest.
I really enjoyed this one. It’s very funny and a little steamy (I kept imaging the love interest as Adam Driver 😍). Like some YA novels, it seems a little far -fetched for teenagers to do and talk the way the teens in this one do, but it was still a great read. I’m ready for the Netflix series that is currently under way.
Sigh. The Mothers, by Brit Bennett. On paper, this one seems perfect me. A teenage girl gets pregnant while dealing with the suicide of her mother. She has an abortion, and the story follows the main character and how the decision follows her into the rest of her life.
There is a lot of discussion on the role religion holds in a person’s life and how they view themselves. The guilt it can cause. But the characters seem a little flat, and I just couldn’t get into it or deeply care about anyone in the story.