- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - US; Reprint edition (20 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062418394
- ISBN-13: 978-0062418395
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A wonderful story of young romance, body acceptance, and unlikely friendships."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
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From the Back Cover
THE IRRESISTIBLE COMPANION TO THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER DUMPLIN’
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—this is another winner from Julie Murphy.
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Millie is a fat high school junior. Don't worry, she does not think of "fat" as anything but a descriptor because it does not define who she is. Her essence is Millie, with her good heart, her optimism, her intelligence, her sense of humor, and her loyalty. She faces foes daily in many ways, such as when a boorish classmate oinks whenever she passes near his vicinity. Working hard at being a top student, hanging out with friends, having a secret crush, and deciding not to attend Daisy Ranch this upcoming summer frame her days and nights while she also holds down a part time job at her uncle's boxing gym.
Callie Reyes is a classmate of Millie, but from an entirely different social sphere, one of the dance team's major candidate for captain her senior year. Callie has been a 'Queen Bee' for so long that she has never learned how to be a girl's girlfriend, instead learning how to look out only for herself over time. Until now.
As an adult long gone from high school, I enjoy young adult novels when they are well written, have compelling characters, have a few twists, and don't push typical teen stereotypes. Julie Murphy does a fine job in writing a story with real people at the center, not just another tale of a fat girl. In fact, other than the few times Millie has to deal with others' prejudices and name calling, or her own insecurity, a reader wouldn't necessarily consider her size or think of her as that. Don't get me wrong, when it is important for the reader to understand or empathize, Murphy pulls no punches in using the f-word. I think just about any teen girl would enjoy this story and possibly even learn a bit about friendship and acceptance.
"My magic truth--the thing that has changed everything for me--is this: the body I have shouldn't change how deserving I am of my dreams." (p.57) (this one gave me all the feels)
"But I kinda wonder what it feels like to love something so much that you're even happy to fail at it." (p. 329) (this one hit me right in my heart)
"He smells like deodorant and sour-cream chips. And somehow, I'm really into it. Boys are straight-up sorcery." (p.363) (made me laugh!)
I know I have students that will relate to the characters in this book, and I can hardly wait to share my love of PUDDIN' with my class!