Puddin' (Dumplin' #2)
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.
Praise For Puddin' (Dumplin' #2)…
“This companion to the very popular Dumplin’ introduces more memorable characters for whom readers can’t help but cheer.” — School Library Journal
“Julie Murphy has created the platonic love story of a lifetime. I am wildly in love with Puddin’.” — Becky Albertalli, award-winning author of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
“Murphy’s plot brims with unlikely friendships, irresistible romance, fabulous fat acceptance, and a kick-ass ending. Buoying.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Murphy’s energetic writing style makes for compulsive readability.” — Booklist
“Texans and non-Texans alike will appreciate getting to know two strong-minded Lone Star girls.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A wonderful story of young romance, body acceptance, and unlikely friendships.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Praise for RAMONA BLUE: “An exquisite, thoughtful exploration of the ties that bind and the fluidity of relationships, sexuality, and life.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for RAMONA BLUE: “Julie Murphy knows a thing or two about navigating the worlds of girls on the brink of self-discovery.” — Booklist (starred review)
Praise for RAMONA BLUE: “A must-have work that will resonate with teens” — School Library Journal
Praise for RAMONA BLUE: “Julie Murphy delivers a fresh and glorious love story that addresses all the complexities of one’s heart. Ramona Blue’s discovery of limitless love is total beauty.” — Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not
Praise for RAMONA BLUE: “Ramona Blue is Julie Murphy’s best book yet. It’s hilarious, it’s heartfelt, and it’s so, so real. I just wish I’d had this book to read during my own teen years!” — Robin Talley, New York Times bestselling author of Lies We Tell Ourselves
Praise for RAMONA BLUE: “Murphy creates a place that feels deeply real…a great setting for a coming-of-age story, as Ramona realizes that she’s capable of more than she imagined and that some categories are more fluid than she’d thought.” — Publishers Weekly
Praise for RAMONA BLUE: “Satisfying” — The Horn Book
Praise for DUMPLIN’: “Will’s singular voice compels readers to think about all that goes into building-and destroying-self-esteem...Splendid” — Booklist (starred review)
Praise for DUMPLIN’: “Murphy...successfully makes every piece of the story—Dolly Parton superfans, first love, best-friend problems, an unlikely group of pageant entrants, female solidarity, self-acceptance, and Willowdean’s complicated relationship with the mother...-count, weaving them together to create a harmonious, humorous, and thought-provoking whole.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for DUMPLIN’: “I’m obsessed with this book. Wickedly funny, heartbreakingly real, full of characters to love and cheer for. DUMPLIN’ is such a star.” — Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love and 99 Days
Praise for DUMPLIN’: “Dumplin’ should be required reading for anyone who has ever felt even slightly uncomfortable in his or her skin. Julie Murphy’s star continues to shine with this groundbreaking, poignant story that will surely change lives.” — John Corey Whaley, award-winning author of Noggin and Where Things Come Back
Praise for DUMPLIN’: “[A] richly enjoyable novel...a clever and funny book to please lovers of thoughtful romance and secret pageant fans.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for DUMPLIN’: “Genuine, romantic, and with a dash of Texan charm, this is a novel that celebrates being who you are while also acknowledging that it’s incredibly difficult to do.” — The Horn Book
Praise for DUMPLIN’: “Portrays and challenges sterotypes about beauty pageants, size issues, and women’s concerns...Powerful.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: “Honest and unflinching, this is a compelling story of one teen’s struggle with cancer, love, and living. A worthwhile addition.” — School Library Journal
Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: “Readers will turn the last page wanting to know where the next chapter leads.” — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: “Alice and Harvey’s relationship is raw, honest, moving, and unapologetic in its depiction of their individual, and collective, pain.” — Booklist
Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: “Julie Murphy weaves together a tender and funny tale of love, friendship, heartache, and redemption. Side Effects May Vary explodes with brutal honesty, brilliant wit, and unflinching heart.” — John Corey Whaley, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Where Things Come Back
Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: “Julie Murphy’s Side Effects May Vary is a funny, heartfelt, honest look at the beauty and the risk of getting a second chance. An inspiring novel about all the things worth living for. I adored this debut!” — Siobhan Vivian, author of The List
Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: “A funny and touching novel about a strong-willed heroine who finds facing death simple, but facing life heart-wrenchingly complicated. A real original.” — Jennifer Echols, author of Going Too Far
Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: “A tale of unlikely romance, impossible obstacles, and mortality, this book is a must-read.” — Teen Vogue
Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: “It’s equal parts fun, cringe-worthy, and totally fearless!” — Seventeen
Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: “An unexpected twist on the typical cancer story.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Balzer + Bray, 9780062418388, 448pp.
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
About the Author
Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time. When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure. She is also the author of the young adult novels Dumplin’ (now a film on Netflix), Puddin’, Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. You can visit Julie at www.juliemurphywrites.com.
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
1.“And no one cares who was there as long as someone pays the price.” –Melissa (p128). Why do Melissa and the Shamrocks let Callie take the blame for their actions? Would Callie have done the same thing in their position, and why do you think so? Do you think that Melissa’s statement above is true, or do you disagree? What are the consequences of allowing Callie to be the scapegoat for the actions of the entire team, both for her and for the Shamrocks? Does Callie deserve what happens to her? Why or why not?
2.“I very much know what it means for people to create expectations of you based on appearance.” –Millie (p179). What are some of the expectations people have of Millie based on her appearance, and why? How does Millie respond to these expectations in either positive or negative ways? Can you identify other characters in the novel who also struggle with unfair expectations based on appearance? How does it affect them? Are there examples in your own life when stereotypes like these affected you, or someone you know?
3.“Every time you say some rude, biting thing, it’s a choice you’re making. And you don’t have to make that choice.” –Millie (p204).What are some of the significant choices that each character makes throughout the novel? Do you agree with the choices you see each character making? Are there times when Millie and Callie feel like they don’t have a choice, and how does that challenge them? Do you agree with Millie’s statement about making choices? How do you think it applies to your own life?
4.“If you only love what comes easy for you, you’ll find you don’t have much to love. Work for it, girl.” –Abuela (p285). Why do you think Abuela gives Callie this advice, and what does she mean by it? Why does Callie struggle to find interests and activities outside of the Shamrocks? What are the things in her life that she is willing to work for? In your own life, what are the things that you love versus the things you have to work for? Do you agree with Abuela’s advice?
5.“Stories change hearts and then hearts change the world.” –Malik (p311). “Maybe it’s too much effort to change the world. Maybe the only way to survive is to change myself.” –Millie (p356). How do Malik and Millie’s statements about changing the world reveal their perspectives and character development? Do you agree with either of them? Why or why not? What do you think each one wants to change about the world, and why? How would you want to change the world?
6. “Guess I wish someone would’ve given me a second chance at that age.” –Vernon (p342).Do you agree with Vernon that Callie deserves a second chance? Does Callie make the most of the second chances she is given? Who are some of the other characters in the novel who make mistakes, and do you think they deserve second chances? Can you think of a time in your own life when you were given a second chance, and how did you respond?
7. “If I’ve learned anything, it’s that you can’t force someone into being your friend.” –Millie (p373). How does Millie and Callie’s friendship grow and change over the course of the novel? What does each girl learn about friendship, not just from each other, but from other characters like Amanda, Melissa, Malik, and Mitch? Do you think Millie and Callie will still be friends in college, or after? What have you learned about friendship in your own life?
8. “But whose rules are you even following?” –Malik (p377). Why does Malik challenge Millie about following rules? Do you identify more with Millie’s approach to rules, or with Callie’s? What are some of the rules, either explicit or unwritten, that Millie and her friends follow or try to break? What are some of the rules that guide your ow n b e h av i o r a n d choices? How would you answer Malik’s question for yourself?
9. “What’s not impressive is our budget…our football team is allotted a budget twelve times the size of ours.” –Callie (p422). Why do you think there is such a disparity between the resources given to the football team versus the dance team? Do you think it’s fair that male and female athletes have different resources? If you were on the Shamrocks, how do you think you would react to losing your funding? Can you think of examples at your own school where some programs have more or less than others? If you were in charge of school resources, what would you do to make sure they were fairly distributed?
10.“I’m constantly left to wonder if the people we are online will ever materialize in real life.” –Millie (p62). What roles do social media and technology play in Millie’s life, and in the lives of her friends? How do Millie and Callie use their phones to connect with others, and what are the benefits or drawbacks of this? How does Callie respond to losing her phone privileges, and why do you think she takes the loss so seriously? Do you and your friends use phones and online communication in ways similar or different to Millie and Callie? What role does your own phone play in your social life?