Puddin' by Julie Murphy


It is a companion novel to Dumplin', which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean's star turn in the Clover City pageant. Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it co...

Details Puddin'

Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Puddin'

  • Christy
    4.5 stars!!! Puddin’ is such a wonderful, feel good YA book. I am a huge fan of Julie Murphys after reading Dumplin’, and now Puddin’ and I was lucky enough to meet her this past weekend and get an autographed copy of both books! Eek! This book has two main characters/narrators. The first is Millie. Millie is amazing. She would have been my BFF in HS. Heck, in many ways, I was a lot like her in school. I loved how she was always positive, f...
  • Peter Monn
    Every Julie Murphy Book just gets better and better. Did I cry? Of course! Did I laugh? Of course! But mostly I cheered! My full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Love love love love LOVED Millie as a character. She was the sweetest thing ever and I’m so glad I read this. Giving it a 3.5 as well bc it was mega cute, but I feel like it lacked the oooomph to really make me care and give it a 4. So 🤷🏼♀ Love love love love LOVED Millie as a character. She was the sweetest thing ever and I’m so glad I read this. Giving it a 3.5 as well bc it was mega cute, but I feel like it lacked the oooomph to ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “I need you like Oprah needs Gayle.” 2018 is apparently when I break my own rules when it comes to reading since I generally don’t read second offerings, but I’ve done it a couple of times this year and as soon as I heard this was going to be a thing I was all like . . . . . As the blurb states, Puddin’ is a companion book to Dumplin’. It’s probably not necessary to read...
  • Cesar
    4 stars.I'm simply amazed by how Julie can manage to not only write an excellent story but also incorporate many social issues in one book! Dumplin' and Ramona Blue are some of my favorite contemporary stories because of how they manage to not only make me smile but also how they share deep emotional stories of the characters. And Puddin' is no exception! Julie is becoming one of my favorite authors to look out for. Puddin' is a companion novel t...
  • Katie B
    3.5 starsI thought this was a pretty nice follow-up to the book Dumplin'. Willowdean isn't the main character in this one, but she does make some appearances so you do get to find out a little bit about what is going on in her life. Callie and Millie were side characters in the previous book and I enjoyed seeing them featured in this novel.Millie is sick of attending fat camp every summer and is determined to get into a camp with other students w...
  • Eryn
    ★ 2 / 5 ★Puddin’, while very similar to Dumplin’, did not have the same “feeling” as its predecessor. At least, that’s my opinion—but feel free to disagree with me on that.I tried not to compare Puddin’ to Dumplin’, but the entire time I was reading my brain kept on yelling: Will was a better character! Why can’t I connect to Millie or Callie? Why don’t I like anyone or anything going on?It was exhausting.I quickly came to...
  • Kristen
    Review can also be found on my blog. Super big thanks to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for letting me read an e-arc of this.This. Book. Was. So. Stinkin'. Sweet.WARNING: Reading this book too quickly may put you at an increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes.I seriously adore Millie with all my heart. Heck, even mean girl Callie grew on me. I didn't think that was going to be possible but Julie Murphy is some kind of a magical unicorn woman. She knows ...
  • Stacee
    3.5 stars I loved Dumplin’ so I knew I would be reading Puddin’ when I found out it was happening. And honestly, I was a little let down that it wasn’t the girl romance that cover and synopsis made me think it was. Millie and Callie are okay MCs. Mille is ridiculously positive and Callie is ridiculously negative and while I liked them well enough, I didn’t feel connected to either of them. I didn’t care for the way Callie’s actions we...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    After reading (and loving) Dumplin', I was so excited to hear that there was a sequel in the works.I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed this sequel. Maybe not as much as I enjoyed Dumplin', but close to it. These characters were diverse, relatable, and mostly a good representation of what it's like to be a teenager. There may have been more dramatic moments that may not be particularly realistic, but for the most part, I thought it was was pret...
  • Hollis
    "If Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood had a baby, it'd be you.""I'm not sure you mean that as a compliment, but I'm going to take that as one, because Luna and Neville forever."As much as I've liked Murphy's previous books, I've never loved them. PUDDIN' is the closest to perfect I've had yet to have with this author. So I'm rounding this one up because while it wasn't an easy, or solid, four.. it wasn't too far off the mark. "Luke and Nikolai...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    4.5 stars! I am so full of thoughts and emotions about this book. I need some time to compile them. Riots not diets!---------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...I’ve been struggling with my review for Puddin’ because it was just that good of a story. I usually doubt my words and my ability to express how much I really enjoyed a story that pushes people to want to read it as well. I loved Dumplin’ because i...
  • Kate Olson
    Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this review copy!ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. Body-positive, fat-positive, kick-a** females and a whole lot of wit. This book is an amazing follow up to Dumplin' and I don't want this series to ever, ever end! This is required reading for every mother, every daughter, and everyone on earth who could use an affirmation or reminder that ALL BODIES ARE BEAUTIFUL. And all dreams are worthwhile and worth fighting for. ...
  • Ginger at GReadsBooks.com
    Julie Murphy has run away with my heart yet again. I swear this woman writes stories just for me (ok not really, but damn it feels like it). She’s back, in Clover City, to tell Millie & Callie’s stories. One minute I’m laughing, then the next I’m counting my tears, right alongside some of the characters. It’s a full range of emotions that I’ve become so familiar with while reading a Julie Murphy novel. She knows how to write a story f...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    I've been sitting on writing this review for a couple of days because I just don't know how to express my love for this book and Julie Murphy. Puddin' offers so many great aspects and I simply enjoyed all of them.In Puddin' we follow the perspective of Millie, Willowdean's friend from Dumplin', and Callie, basically Willowdean's arch enemy. I don't think you necessarily have to have read Dumplin' to go into Puddin' but it makes for a much better ...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    3.5 Stars “I guess … well, that’s what stories do. They connect people. Stories change hearts and then hearts change the world.” So this book was sweet and hilarious. Puddin’ follows Millie Michalchuk and Callie Reyes after circumstances force the pair together. The girls, who are as different as can be, start to develop one unexpected friendship. Things I Liked I loved Millie. I thought she was this effervescent bubble of sunshine a...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    I have so many feelings about this book and I doubt I will explain them well.  I absolutely love the way Julie Murphy writes.  Her words are touching, but there is always a lot of humor, too.  Her characters are so easy to relate to and I end up loving them.Millie   I adored Millie.  She was definitely my favorite person in this book.  Millie was in Dumplin', but this time the story is about her and Callie.  Millie is overweight and she m...
  • Sam L.
    This book, was by far, better than Dumplin'. Dumplin' wasn't a bad book by any means, but Puddin' happened to be so much better. Millie was awesome, and I loved her as a narrator. It was nice to see what she was thinking, and how she felt about things. She wanted that journalism spot, and when she didn't get it, she didn't quit (although Callie was the one who really helped her) and she went to Austin, TX, and she got that spot. I hated Callie in...
  • Julie
    I don't have time to talk about everything this book means to me, but I need every single person on the planet to read it.
  • Racheal
    Don't mind me over here crying like a little baby. Julie Murphy's books, man- they just make me feel seen! The characters, the tenderness, the open explorations of how to become the person you want to be, the special insights into the challenges of being a (mostly) (somewhat) unapologetic fat girl.I mean, Dumplin' and Puddin' both pretty much read like they're taken straight from my Most Perfect Fat Girl Fairytale Checklist. Let's see:-Actual f...
  • Caroline
    I have to say, I was disappointed by the sequel. It seemed predictable, and cliche, I felt like half the pages didn't really have meaning or add anything to the story. I really did like Millie, she's adorable in this book though, didn't like Callie, even though it seems you should like her towards the end. I also would've liked to have more time with some of the other characters from Dumplin' in the book. It was an adorable and funny read, but I ...
  • Daphne
    I enjoyed Dumplin' when I read it, but I think I liked Puddin' even more. The fact that it focuses on two very different girls and their development into friends just really drew me in. I found myself caring a lot about both Callie and Millie, and enjoying either point of view. I liked that Callie wasn't toned down for this book. At the start, she was still pretty awful and did a lot of bad things. The author did a good job of making you understa...
  • Becca ☾☁︎⋆ (PrettyLittleMemoirs.com)
    Originally posted on Pretty Little Memoirs.In the sequel to Dumplin', there's Puddin'. (Okay, does the title remind anyone else of Harley Quinn's line?) It's essentially a companion novel to the first that follows some of the supporting characters from the first book. We have these two main characters - Millie and Callie - and they're quite different from each other. Millie is a sweetheart, super positive and just one of those people who would ha...
  • Emily (Obsessed Reader)
    YAY I FINALLY FINISHED A BOOK THIS MONTH! And it was a good one for sure. I loved seeing the characters from Dumplin’ reappear, and I also loved getting to know Millie and Callie better. This book makes me very happy and feel very good about the world and myself. Thanks Julie Murphy! :)
  • Carmen (Oh, the Book Feels!) Seda
    THIS WAS SO GOOD!!!! Definitely favor this one over Dumplin’ by far. I loved how it was from two different perspectives from two completely different people. I loved getting two see how they both collided in each others world! The character growth was phenomenal as well. I really can’t think of any reason why I would dislike the book - which is rare for me lol! I couldn’t stop reading!! I also looooved the plot line. Well thought out, and e...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    What happened when the resident mean girl was forced to work with one of the kindest, sweetest misfits in town? They formed an unlikely friendship, which had its ups and downs, but was mostly heartwarming.•Pro: EVERYone loved Millie when she made her appearance in Dumplin', and I am happy to report, that she was more than capable of carrying a book on her own. Her positive outlook and zeal for the little things was contagious, and she was just ...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Before reading Puddin’, I decided to go back and reread Dumplin‘. Yes, I knew it was a companion not a direct sequel, but I didn’t remember anything about Dumplin‘ outside of the romance and the fact that there was a pageant. And, since this is about supporting characters, I thought it would be much more impactful if I knew who the hell they were. I’m not sure how necessary that is, but I think it is helpful. Also, I loved Dumplin’ li...
  • Max Baker
    Thank you Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewI've always had a weird relationship with Julie Murphy's books, especially Dumplin'. She writes stories that are just interesting enough to draw attention, but sucker punch you with a twist you weren't expecting to keep you interested. A girl gets cancer and preforms her bucket list only to go into remission. A lesbian question her sexuality when she develops ...