Over the past month, we鈥檝e been diving into the hilarious and sweet October read for B + C Book Club: Dumplin鈥, by Julie Murphy. We鈥檝e chatted with author Julie Murphy about her creative process and her vision for the Dumplin鈥櫬movie (we鈥檙e keeping our fingers crossed!), while also perfecting sweet apple dumplings and a glitzy DIY tiara we might just wear every day. As we wrap up our month of amazing eats and reads, we鈥檙e reflecting on the lessons that we learned from our girl Willowdean. Scroll on for five reasons you鈥檒l want to add this book to your TBR list stat.


1. Everyone feels insecure. This is the book you need tucked away in your tote when you鈥檙e having a bad day. Dumplin鈥 really goes to town exploring protagonist Willowdean鈥檚 hopes and dreams, along with her insecurities 鈥 that she might not be good enough to be her crush鈥檚 girlfriend. Watching Willowdean struggle 鈥 and ultimately conquer 鈥 her insecurities about her weight will make you root for yourself as much as you鈥檙e rooting for her.

2. Friendships grow and change, and that鈥檚 okay. Seriously, grab your besties and read this book. While reading Dumplin鈥 was super fun, reading it alongside friends (aka the B+C team) made it 10 times better. While all of us are much older than Willowdean, we were able to relate to the ebbs and flows in her friendship with her BFF Ellen. If you鈥檝e ever stressed over how a move, a new job or a new BFF might affect your existing friendships, then you鈥檒l definitely enjoy reading this book.


3. Help comes from unlikely places. How amazing is the quote above, delivered by Willowdean鈥檚 pageant queen mom? Willowdean owes much of her transformation into a pageant contestant to her unlikely ragtag team of supporters, from high school outcasts to drag queens wielding a mascara brush and dangerously tall stilettos. Willowdean鈥檚 relationship with her new team of friends gives us major inspo for the next time we need to hunt down the perfect mentor.

4. Eyes on the prize isn鈥檛 always the best strategy. We鈥檝e all seen those classic cutthroat pageant movies (hello, Toddlers and Tiaras marathons!). Thankfully, Dumplin鈥 doesn鈥檛 have very much in common with these cheese-tacular flicks. Willowdean鈥檚 reason for joining the pageant is to prove that she鈥檚 good enough to be on stage alongside the other girls. It鈥檚 never about securing the crown on her head, which makes her journey all the more exciting.


5. Sometimes you have to make your own happy endings. Major spoiler alerts here: Willowdean gets her beau, the dreamy Bo, but it doesn鈥檛 go down the way you鈥檇 expect. Bo declaring his love for Willowdean doesn鈥檛 actually fix anything in her life 鈥 she鈥檚 still insecure, on rocky terms with her BFF and very unlikely to win the pageant 鈥 and that鈥檚 okay! Despite the way rom-coms have trained us to think, love doesn鈥檛 actually solve all of our problems. Their fireworks moment doesn鈥檛 even happen until after Willowdean makes amends with her mom, her BFF and, most importantly, herself. The delayed happily-ever-after moment feels even more powerful, because Willowdean is making her own happy ending.

Have you read Dumplin鈥? Share your thoughts in the comments, and stay tuned next week, when we announce our November B + C Book Club pick!