Dumplin’ Playlist + A Giveaway For An Amazing Prize Pack

Oh man, you guys. If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (way more real time on both) you know I LOVED Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’. In fact, it’s definitely one of my favorite 2015 books I’ve read this year!! My review will be posted here very soon but I am SO SO SO excited for you all to meet Willowdean and experience this book if you haven’t already.

That being said, I have Julie Murphy here to share a Dumplin’ playlist (YOU KNOW how much I love music here) and she’s offering the cuuuuutest prize pack to one lucky winner. I’m hella jealous I can’t win it myself. (Also, super important, she has a FAB pre-order campaign going on now!)




First, big thanks to Jamie for having me! I’m so excited to share my playlist with y’all. I love music, of course, but it doesn’t normally play such a huge roll in my creative process as it did for DUMPLIN’. When I was first drafting and still getting a feel for Willowdean, I remember feeling kind of stuck because I couldn’t figure out what made her tick. And then EUREKA! Willowdean’s Dolly Parton obsession was like the final twist in the Rubik’s Cube. This playlist isn’t all Dolly Parton, though I definitely have several of those, but I’d like to think that if Willowdean were going to hit the road for a Texas road trip, these tunes would serve her well.


Dumplin playlist jUlie murphy

Want to listen to this playlist? Check out the Spotify playlist Julie created!

The Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive this super cute Dumplin-themed box curated by Julie!!

Dumplin prize pack

The gift box includes: an arc, heart shaped sunglasses, tiara, red lollipops, and a magic 8 ball pen. Check out this video showing the pen and this one showing the box.

US only!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway


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. Film rights for DUMPLIN’, her second young adult novel, have already sold to Disney.



Dumplin' cover

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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.


You guys! I can’t wait to share my full feelings with you soon but YOU NEED THIS BOOK! If you already know you are going to want a copy, I highly checking out her pre-order campaign!

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. YAY for Spotify playlists! I’m obsessed with Spotify as of late and I’m now listening to Julie’s list for Dumplin!
    I cannot wait to read your review for this one, Jamie! I’m thinking I’m gonna grab this one with my next paycheck!

  2. I LOVE this post!
    I am super excited about this book. It’s been one of my most anticipated releases. 🙂

  3. I have always been the “big” girl so I’m looking for a hero.

  4. I am dying for this! I just feel like this book is going to be so important for chubby girls who are trying to find their place in the world or trying to feel more confident! I NEED THIS BOOK.

  5. The more I hear about Willowdean, the more I like her. I’m excited to read about a confident fat heroine, and all the little details coming out about her just make her seem like a lot of fun.

  6. I’m really excited for Dumplin’, because in most YA the protagonists are thin, and unconfident. A confident big girl is a much needed addition

  7. I’ve heard a lot about this book, and a reviewer that I greatly respect loved it. So that plus, the awesome cover makes me NEED to read this book. 😀

  8. If you say I NEED THIS BOOK, I guess I must!! 🙂

  9. I’ve heard great things from folks who have ARCs. I’m looking forward to reading about life from the perspective of Dumplin’. She sounds cool.

  10. Seems different to what’s out there right now & hey why not let a “bigger” girl get the spotlight for once! So for me personally…I can’t wait to read this book!

  11. I heard so many great things about this novel, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Working with teens as a substitute teacher I deal with kids and their self image all the time, I am anxious to read how this author handles this issue. Thanks for the giveaway- what a package!

  12. I am so happy this book is in the world.

  13. Already a fan of Julie Murphy, and the intro pages for Dumplin’ are so great! Can’t wait to read the entire thing.

  14. I’m so excited for Dumplin’ to come out!! I can’t wait to see how Willowdean does with the pageant!

  15. So I’ve been living under a rock and hadn’t heard of this book until now. After checking it out on Goodreads I’m pretty pumped about it! Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  16. I want to read Dumplin’ because I think this will be a coming of age novel. The idea of fat being a normal description and not an insult is rarely noted, but this book I can tell definitely isn’t going to be one of those “oh no you’re not fat, you’re pretty” kind of books. This book is so body-positive and I am so excited to read this!

  17. This would be an amazing addition to the classroom library. Too often, girls feel like they can’t relate to the main character and this sounds like there’s a little of them all in her.

  18. I’ve been looking forward to read Dumplin’ for MONTHS. I love the body positive message and every single thing I’ve heard about Willowdean has been amazing. I’m really looking forward to meeting her. Thank you for the giveaway!

  19. Thanks for the giveaway! I’m so excited for this book!!

  20. I’m reading Dumplin’ right now, and it’s literally everything to me. I just love how much I feel like Willowdean gets me. She’s book BFF material for sure. 🙂

    P.S. Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  21. I’ve just heard so much good about this book so I want to read it!!

  22. Dumplin’ sounds wonderful and I’ve been enjoying all the posts about it recently, so I really want to read it. But, I’m gonna let others enter and will defiantly add this to the TBR!

  23. Nataile Brown says:

    This book sounds like such a great read! I love stories about women finding themselves and their confidence. It sounds funny too. So much fun. Thank-you. 🙂

  24. Nikki Lemmons says:

    I’m so excited about this book! The preorder giveaway is fantastic. My little Willowdean is sitting on the bookshelf patiently waiting for her story to arrive. I feel like there’s not enough stuff in our culture that tells people they are beautiful no matter their shape/size. I feel like that’s something I have been struggling with for a while, so I’m really looking forward to a book that tackles that.

  25. I have read a lot of great reviews and it sounds like a good read.

  26. I love this book! I rated it 5/5 on goodreads!

  27. I love this playlist! And this giveaway is super adorable. I’m currently reading Dumplin’ and I couldn’t agree more, Jamie! I love this book so much! Thank you!

  28. This box and prize are so cute, and the book sounds great – thanks for the giveaway!

  29. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere, but didn’t know much about it. Now I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. I’m obsessed with writing playlists. This is a great prize and I’m excited to read!

  31. everyone wants this book!!!!!!!