Review: Puddin’

Puddin'

Title: Puddin’
Author: Julie Murphy
Publication Date: May 8th 2018 
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

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 comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined


I was not as impressed with this book as I was with Murphy’s previous book, Dumplin’. That’s not to say I didn’t like this book. I thought it had a sweet message but I didn’t connect with Millie or Callie as much as I did with Willowdean. There was just a lot in this book that honestly didn’t make that much sense to me.

Characters

First up we have Millie, who participated in the pageant in the last book by standing up to her slightly overbearing mother who only wanted to protect Millie from the cruel people of the world. My favorite thing about Millie’s character is that she’s unapologetically herself and on top of that she’s the kindest person you could ever meet but don’t mistake that kindness for weakness because she’s not weak at all. I liked Millie a lot more than Callie and I’m glad that we got to get to know her better. Her arc throughout the course of Puddin was so fun and interesting to read about. I think from the beginning of the book Millie was the one who grew the between the two main characters.

Next up is Callie, who I honestly didn’t really like at all, even after she went through her whole redemption arc. I didn’t really connect with her and honestly I didn’t want to. Sure she acknowledged the fact that she was a bad person but she didn’t really try to actively change her behavior until near the end of the book. She did two major things that showed just vindictive she could be and even though there were some moments where I felt bad for her, ultimately she was still a bad person who did some good things.

Plot/Writing

I like the way Murphy’s writes but I wasn’t as drawn in as I thought I would be. I skimmed a lot of the pages just to get the gist of what was going on. I did like the way she wrote dialogue and I think that’s what I enjoyed the most out of all of her writing.

Now onto the actual plot. The plot was not the best and to me it didn’t make sense. Pretty early on in the book, Callie does something bad and Millie is the one who identifies her as doing this bad thing. Millie doesn’t tell Callie that she was the one who ratted her out and thus this becomes the big conflict later on in the book. To me this didn’t make sense. I didn’t understand why Callie got so upset when she found out about Millie’s so called betrayal because Callie did something that hurt Millie’s family. Of course she’s going to help her family over some random person from school. This was my biggest problem with the book because it made the latter half of the book so anti-climatic.

Overall Thoughts 

I enjoyed this book. I thought it was a cute, light read but it wasn’t anything earth shattering or ground breaking. I much prefer Dumplin’ to this book. Which one did you guys like better? Dumplin’ or Puddin’?

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