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Eileen Stevens

9 Hours 2 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

September 2015


Audio Book Summary

Soon to be a Netflix film—featuring Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, and Dove Cameron, as well as a soundtrack from Dolly Parton!
The #1 New York Times bestseller and feel-good YA of the year—about Willowdean Dixon, the fearless, funny, and totally unforgettable heroine who takes on her small town’s beauty pageant.
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body.
With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any girl does.
Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

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  • Nichole W

    Loved this book. The Texas drawl of the narrator was infectious!

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  • Lisa V

    Very surprised at this great book. So glad I decided to listen to it. It expresses the challenges and insecurities we face at any age and how we overcome through pressing on and not giving up.

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  • Lu C

    Dumplin' is an excellent book. The author captures the awkwardness and magic of being a teenager. She also does a really good job of realistically writing about family dynamics, grieving for a loved one and coping with high school. The storyline is well-paced and well told. The narrator does an excellent job of creating images for the listener. Listening to this book was like watching a movie.

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  • Cindy L

    Wonderful surprise! This is a wonderful listen, good character development, continuous story-line without slow sections, easy for most to relate to and a lead character with pizzazz. Narrator was great.

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  • Jennifer Castanon

    Loved it! Relatable and satisfying. Narration was great.

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  • Katie G.

    what a great book. It took me back to the day of high school. Highly recommend for high schoolers.

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  • Ashley R.

    The narrator of this book was great!! I listen to it and wish I would’ve bought it in the book form. Great great read!!!

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  • Kristy P

    This isn't the type of book I usually read, as it is kind of a "coming of age" with some teen romance in there, but it kept my attention and it's a story I think most people can relate to in one way or another. I liked it. The narrator was good, but her portrayal of the male voices was strange and I could never get used to it enough to not be a little annoyed. Otherwise, though, she did a good job. It's the kind of book you should read if you're looking for something that is fun and has a good story, and sucks you in enough to hold your attention, but not to derail the rest of your life because you can't stop listening. (Which is what I was looking for after a Ken Follett book, which basically takes over because I can't stop.) Some people seem to be unsatisfied by the ending, but, while it caught me off guard (so I'll admit, it was abrupt), upon further reflection, I can't think of a better way to wrap it up and I ended up more or less appreciating the ending.

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  • Crystal S

    I was pleasantly pleased with this book. Classic teenage drama however I was sadly disappointed that it just ended. I would have loved to know more about Bo and Willow

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  • shellie kalinsky

    I felt like the narrator's voice was easy to listen to. I thought the ending of the book left me hanging. It was a little open-ended. But overall it was entertaining and I liked it.

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