Review by Ashley Wemhoff (Teen Librarian)
“My magic truth – the thing that has changed everything for me – is this: the body I have shouldn’t change how deserving I am of my dreams. I stopped obsessing over my body being too round or too wide or too lumpy. Because I’m not too much of anything I’m just enough. Even when I don’t feel like I am.”– Millie from Puddin’ pg. 57
Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars.
On the surface Millie Michalchuk and Callie Reyes don’t have much in common. When these two girls are suddenly stuck working together, they find out they may be more alike than they originally thought. This is a great book for anyone looking for a story about unusual friendships and second chances.
This book is a sequel to Julie Murphy’s first book Dumplin, but you don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy Puddin’. The characters in this novel are classmates to Willowdean Dickson (the protagonist of Dumplin) and it picks up where the last book left off as these teens enter their junior year of high school. Here’s a brief look at what the main story is about:
After Callie gets into some trouble for vandalism, she’s forced to work at Millie’s uncle’s gym to make up for the damages. Callie doesn’t want to oust her dance teammates who were part of her crime, but she can’t help but feel it’s unfair she is the only one getting punished and kicked to the curb. Meanwhile, Millie keeps losing the nerve to tell her mom she doesn’t want to go back to fat camp this summer and go to a journalism camp instead. The two girls loathe each other at first, but they soon learn they can benefit from the other’s help. The more time they spend together, the more they start to become friends.
Even if you don’t particularly like Callie at the beginning of the book she really does start to change as the book progresses. Her friendship with Millie helps her be a better person, and likewise, Millie gains a lot from their friendship by becoming more outspoken and confident.
“I could do three things right now. One, I could break down and start sobbing. Really, I could. I’ve had a shit week, and being told off by Millie Michalchuk is just the turd cherry on the shit sundae. Two, I could storm out of this house and call my mom. Or hell, I could just walk home if I had to. Or three, I could suck it up. I could go out there and treat this gathering of losers as an extension of my job at the gym – something I just have to power through. And maybe it won’t be so bad.”-Callie from Puddin’ pg. 204
Happy reading and let us know what you think of this book!
Ashley Wemhoff- La Vista Public Library Teen Coordinator