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The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays: Dumplin!

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays

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Welcome back to  our #diversity countdown to Christmas. Our third book is Dumplin by Julie Murphy.

dumplin

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.

You might not classify this book as diversity but I do. Although Will is white, she is a large girl. A fat girl, in her own words. And we all know how teens can suffer if they are deemed fat. What I love about Will is that she doesn’t hate her body like many fat girls, but she also has an edge to her; in a I’m going to reject you before you reject me sort of way. And also, she becomes sort of a hero to the other misfit girls at the school. A reluctant hero to a group of misfits who have bad attitudes.  Also? Texas!

I know I’m tired of the fat best friend trope, aren’t you? Here’s one that breaks that.

Also? It’s a Netflix movie! Have you seen it?

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Diversity Reading Challenge

Diversity Reading Challenge 2016. How’d You Do?

Diversity Reading Challenge 2016: Recap

Here’s the list from 2016.

Wanna see how I did?

A book written by or about a person of Hispanic origin. I read When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago.
A book in which a character suffers from mental illness. Ooops missed this one.
A book written by or about someone with Spectrum Disorder. I read: Rain Reign by Ann M Martin.
A book with an African-American young woman as a main character. I read The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis.
A book containing an Asian main character. I read What Was It Like, Mr. Emperor?: Life in China’s Forbidden City by Chiu Kwong-chiu.
A book with an illustrator of color (think Kadir Nelson). I read: Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The illustrator is Shane W. Evans.The author is Jonah Winter.
A book with an LGBT main character. I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
A graphic novel. I read Persepolis. Also doubles as Muslim girl on cover.
A book with a Muslim girl on the cover. I read Persepolis. It also doubles as a graphic novel.
A book written by or for African American young men. (think Walter Dean Myers) I read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
A book in which the author or main character has a physical disability. I read The Six by Mark Alpert.
The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel.  I read Night by Elie Wiesel.
So, while I read a lot of books in 2016, I did not accomplish reading a book about someone with a mental illness. I thought I’d had. I’m sure I can do better in 2017.
How did you do?
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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays DAY 3: Dumplin by Julie Murphy

The 12 Books of #Diversity
for the Holidays
Day Three

3-books-of-diversity

Welcome back to  our #diversity countdown to Christmas. Our third book is Dumplin by Julie Murphy.

dumplin

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.

You might not classify this book as diversity but I do. Although Wil is white, she is a large girl. A fat girl, in her own words. And we all know how teens can suffer if they are deemed fat. What I love about Wil is that she doesn’t hate her body like many fat girls, but she also has an edge to her; in a I’m going to reject you before you reject me sort of way. And also, she becomes sort of a hero to the other misfit girls at the school. A reluctant hero to a group of misfits who have bad attitudes.  Also? Texas!

I know I’m tired of the fat best friend trope, aren’t you? Here’s one that breaks that.