Cover image for Puddin' / Julie Murphy.
Puddin' / Julie Murphy.
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New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]

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428 pages ; 22 cm
When circumstances put Millie Michalchuk and Callie Reyes together over the course of a semester, the girls realize they have more in common than they ever imagined.
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The irresistible companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dumplin', now a Netflix feature film starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, and a soundtrack by Dolly Parton!

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 of being a newscaster--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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Julie Murphy's debut contemporary young adult novel, Side Effects May Vary, is out from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins and was well-received by Kirkus, School Library Journal, VOYA, Booklist, Seventeen Magazine, and Teen Vogue. Dumplin', Julie's sophomore novel has received glowing reviews including two stars from Publishers Weekly, Booklist and is a 2016 New York Times Best Seller. Film rights have been optioned by Disney.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Clover City High School in Texas has a clear social hierarchy: football on top, dance team members next, then everyone else. Junior Millie Michalchuk, who also appeared in Murphy's Dumplin', may be a lifer at fat camp, but that doesn't mean she buys into how the world sees her. Callie Reyes dates a football player and is on course to become dance team captain. The girls' paths rarely cross. Then the dance team loses its funder, a gym owned by Millie's uncle, and its members break in and trash the business. When a sulky Callie starts working at the gym, Millie models not just friendship and forgiveness, but also tough-love examples of how to treat people. Through the girls' alternating perspectives, Murphy develops their aspirations and struggles: Millie isn't sure how to pursue her dream of being a TV anchor; Mexican-American Callie experiences stereotyping and yearns for friends, not frenemies. Murphy convincingly and satisfyingly portrays how their one-step-forward-two-steps-back bonding process helps them go for what they want rather than what others think is possible. Ages 13-up. Agent: John M. Cusick, Folio Literary Management. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Millie Michalchuk and Callie Reyes, Willowdeans classmates from Dumplin (rev. 11/15), alternate narrating this similarly girl-powered follow-up. Instead of resigning herself to another summer at fat camp, Millie is trying to work up the courage to apply to a prestigious broadcast journalism program at the University of Texas at Austin. In the meantime, she works at the boxing gym owned by her aunt and uncle and thinks about kissing her crush. Callie wants to make it to Nationals with Clover Citys dance team and become captain her senior yeara dream that ends when she and her teammates vandalize Millies familys gym (which has fallen on hard times) for pulling its sponsorship. As the only one whos busted, Callie is kicked off the team and sentenced to work alongside Millie at the gym for free. Its a punishment with the (expected) upside of Millie and Callie, from different social universes, finding common ground. Murphy delivers a good dose of romance (Dumplin fans will welcome back Willowdeans castoff, good-guy Mitch) as well as gentle lessons about body acceptance, stereotyping, and forgiveness. But the focus is on Millie and ?Callies friendship, which, after a rocky start, is authentic, supportive, and noncompetitive. The wider world wants you to think other women are dramaor catty, Callies grandmother tells her. But thats just because when we work together, were unstoppable. By books end, both young women have proven her right. rachel l. smith (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.