Hi everyone! I know I said that Pop! Goes The Reader would remain on hiatus until September 7th, but there are some opportunities that are simply too special to pass up. When I reviewed Julie Murphy’s 2014 debut Side Effects May Vary last year, I made no secret of the fact that I thought it one of the best YA contemporary novels I had read in that or any year and that I was positively smitten with the wit, candour, courage, and unforgettable power of the author’s narrative voice. So, when Julie reached out and asked whether I would like to host a giveaway in honour of her forthcoming sophomore release, Dumplin’, I couldn’t have been more thrilled! Please read on to find a fun list of Julie’s top five favourite Dolly Parton quotes, as chosen by the author herself, as well as an opportunity to win a wonderful Dumplin’ gift box complete with a copy of the novel and lots of lovely Dumplin’-related goodies!
Author Julie Murphy
Pages 384 Pages
Genre Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Publisher Balzer + Bray
Publisher On September 15th, 2015
Find It On Goodreads ● Amazon.com ● Chapters ● The Book Depository
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin'” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant — along with several other unlikely candidates — to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City — and maybe herself most of all.
With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine, Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.
About Julie Murphy
Julie Murphy is a potty-mouthed Southern belle who was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but found her home in Fort Worth, Texas. She’s never seen Star Wars, but has yet to meet a made for TV movie she didn’t love. When she’s not writing, Julie can be found cruising Costco for free samples, watching Sister Act 2, stalking drag queens on instagram, obsessing over the logistics of Mars One, and forever searching for the perfect slice of cheese pizza. She lives with her bearded husband, two vicious cats, and one pomeranian that can pass as a bear cub. Dumplin’ is her second young adult novel.
This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (Hooray!) and will run until Monday, August 31st. So what are you waiting for? Go enter!
Hey, U.S. readers! Want another chance to receive some awesome swag? Pre-order your copy of Dumplin’ today and Julie will send you an adorable, limited edition lapel pin with proof of purchase! Click Here for more details!