ARC Review | PUDDIN’ by Julie Murphy

Puddin' (Dumplin', #2)Title: Puddin’ (Dumplin’ #2)

Author: Julie Murphy

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Relase Date: May 8, 2018

“I guess … well, that’s what stories do. They connect people. Stories change hearts and then hearts change the world.”


So this book was sweet and hilarious. Puddin’ follows Millie Michalchuk and Callie Reyes after circumstances force the pair together. The girls, who are as different as can be, start to develop one unexpected friendship.


Things I Liked 
I loved Millie. I thought she was this effervescent bubble of sunshine and positivity. She was optimistic , but not to the point of naivety, just a happy person who is a joy to be around. It was great seeing an unapoligetic fat girl shine.

I’m all about friendships in books so the fantastic girl group that Millie surrounds herself with was great to see. I lived that each girl had their own personality and opinions. They weren’t carbon copies of each other, but they made this supportive, encouraging, and unstoppable group.

Millie and Malik were so freaking sweet, adorable, cute, and all the other fluffy, feel-good adjectives. Everytime they shared the page I was a goofy, smiling mess.


Things I Didn’t Like 
I didn’t like Callie at all. She was a horrible person and I didn’t find any of her traits to be redeeming. And her growth seemed self-serving, so my feeling stayed pretty negative toward her for the entire book. With her being the other POV character, it did bring my enjoyment level down a bit.

Millie’s mom also kinda sucked. I wanted her to embrace Millie as she was, not who she had the potential to be after she lost a few pounds.


Puddin’ was definitely an enjoyable read and made me want to pick up Dumplin’. I’m always here for friendship stories and the good outweighed the bad for me. All-in-all this was a fun read, perfect for the transition to summer.

I received a copy of the book from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Have you read PUDDIN’ or DUMPLIN’? Do you like companion novels or sequels or both? Share below!

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