hits counter Pumpkin - Ebook PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

Pumpkin

Availability: Ready to download

Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon, so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth. So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right af Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon, so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth. So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right after Waylon gets dumped, he throws caution to the wind and creates an audition tape for his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. What he doesn’t count on is the tape accidentally getting shared with the entire school. . . . As a result, Waylon is nominated for prom queen as a joke. Clem’s girlfriend, Hannah Perez, also receives a joke nomination for prom king. Waylon and Hannah decide there’s only one thing to do: run—and leave high school with a bang. A very glittery bang. Along the way, Waylon discovers that there is a lot more to running for prom court than campaign posters and plastic crowns, especially when he has to spend so much time with the very cute and infuriating prom king nominee Tucker Watson. Waylon will need to learn that the best plan for tomorrow is living for today . . . especially with the help of some fellow queens. . . .


Compare

Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon, so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth. So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right af Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon, so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth. So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right after Waylon gets dumped, he throws caution to the wind and creates an audition tape for his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. What he doesn’t count on is the tape accidentally getting shared with the entire school. . . . As a result, Waylon is nominated for prom queen as a joke. Clem’s girlfriend, Hannah Perez, also receives a joke nomination for prom king. Waylon and Hannah decide there’s only one thing to do: run—and leave high school with a bang. A very glittery bang. Along the way, Waylon discovers that there is a lot more to running for prom court than campaign posters and plastic crowns, especially when he has to spend so much time with the very cute and infuriating prom king nominee Tucker Watson. Waylon will need to learn that the best plan for tomorrow is living for today . . . especially with the help of some fellow queens. . . .

30 review for Pumpkin

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sahil Javed

    julie murphy is releasing another book in the dumplin' universe and the protagonist is a fat queer boy. god is real. julie murphy is releasing another book in the dumplin' universe and the protagonist is a fat queer boy. god is real.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    giving this a pre-release 5 stars because someone gave it 1 star for no reason whatsoever and because of that the average rating is a 1 star and we absolutely hate to see it. will delete the rating as soon as actual ratings and reviews of the book come in 💜

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    “When the world isn’t selling what you’re looking to buy, you just have to take it upon yourself to cut your own pattern.” Actual footage of me logging onto the library website Tuesday morning to check if I was first in line for this book . . . . It’s not easy to be a fat gay boy in Clover City, Texas, but with the help of supporting parents, an excellent grammy and his twin sister Clementine, Waylan has managed to make it all the way to the end of his senior year. He’s counting down the “When the world isn’t selling what you’re looking to buy, you just have to take it upon yourself to cut your own pattern.” Actual footage of me logging onto the library website Tuesday morning to check if I was first in line for this book . . . . It’s not easy to be a fat gay boy in Clover City, Texas, but with the help of supporting parents, an excellent grammy and his twin sister Clementine, Waylan has managed to make it all the way to the end of his senior year. He’s counting down the days when he can shake the dust off from this one horse town and become “Full Waylan” in Austin. But then a video he makes of himself doing a fake audition for a Ru Paul’s Drag Race sort of show gets spread around the school and Waylan discovers he can no longer simply fade into the woodwork for the last few weeks of school – he’s also been nominated for the prom court . . . . in the QUEEN category. There’s only one thing he can do . . . . If you are familiar with me you know I don’t usually read past the first book in a series. I’m so glad I made an exception to my own rule this go around. This was the perfect send off to a group of kids who I have grown to love over the past several years and fans of the series will love “seeing” all of the familiar faces from the past one last time. And of course no visit to Clover City could be complete without a trip to the Hideaway . . . . At this point I think it’s fairly safe to say Julie Murphy is YA royalty. She just gets it. It helps that she looks like she’s about 15 herself (ha-ha), but she’s also the bees knees when it comes to writing books about inclusivity that are just matter-of-fact and without some superbadawful things having to happen to the characters. In a year where still so many high school seniors were denied the right of passage which is prom due to ongoing Covid restrictions, she has provided the next best thing in this fictionalized version. All the Stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    Holy hell! Pumpkin , Julie Murphy's latest book, is an absolutely amazing book about living your life as unabashedly you as you can. Waylon Brewer is a flamboyantly gay (and fat) high school senior from a small Texas town. Being gay at his high school isn’t ideal but it’s not too traumatizing; while he has to endure some taunting, having his twin sister Clementine (who is also gay) by his side makes everything more endurable. “There are times when I feel like I can’t be me. I can’t simply exist Holy hell! Pumpkin , Julie Murphy's latest book, is an absolutely amazing book about living your life as unabashedly you as you can. Waylon Brewer is a flamboyantly gay (and fat) high school senior from a small Texas town. Being gay at his high school isn’t ideal but it’s not too traumatizing; while he has to endure some taunting, having his twin sister Clementine (who is also gay) by his side makes everything more endurable. “There are times when I feel like I can’t be me. I can’t simply exist. I have to offer something in exchange. Something that absolves me of being fat and gay and even worse—both of those things at once.” When the audition video he made one night for his favorite TV drag show is accidentally shared with the entire school, he gains a little more notoriety and takes a few more insults. But ultimately, he is nominated for prom queen, and Hannah, Clem’s girlfriend, is nominated for prom king. Although they were nominated as a joke or insult (or maybe a little of both), Waylon and Hannah decide they’re going to do anything they can to win. And when Waylon is paired up with Tucker, one of his nemeses, on prom court projects, he learns that sometimes first impressions of a person don’t always reveal the truth of who they are. Pumpkin is so funny, so sensitive, so utterly squee-worthy, I can’t find enough words to express how much I loved it. I’ve been that fat gay kid too, and I didn’t handle it with even a fraction of the flair Waylon did. Every single one of these characters is so exceptional in their own way. This is definitely a book I wish existed when I was growing up. I hope we get a sequel someday! I love buddy reads with my friend Louis because the discussion is always so great, and this certainly was no exception!! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  5. 4 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    This was delightful. In a particularly horrific week, this was both a comfort and also something I wanted to avoid because I did not want to deal with something so happy, hopefully and optimistic. Very enjoyable, although I wanted moahr. Full RTC. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  6. 5 out of 5

    Peter Monn

    Omg so good! Loved it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    THERE'S GOING TO BE A THIRD BOOK I'M HAVING HEART PALPITATIONS THERE'S GOING TO BE A THIRD BOOK I'M HAVING HEART PALPITATIONS

  8. 4 out of 5

    Renata

    yess I was stoked to get an ARC of this! I love Julie Murphy's funny, warmhearted, fat-positive books. I love that this opens with Waylon's love of a clear analogue of RuPaul's Drag Race and a clear call-out of RuPaul's ongoing fatphobia (among other issues). That show is popular with a lot of teens (LGBTQ+ and otherwise) who I think will love reading about it and relate to Waylon's feelings about it. I also love that it shows teen ambivalence toward college and acknowledges that that doesn't ne yess I was stoked to get an ARC of this! I love Julie Murphy's funny, warmhearted, fat-positive books. I love that this opens with Waylon's love of a clear analogue of RuPaul's Drag Race and a clear call-out of RuPaul's ongoing fatphobia (among other issues). That show is popular with a lot of teens (LGBTQ+ and otherwise) who I think will love reading about it and relate to Waylon's feelings about it. I also love that it shows teen ambivalence toward college and acknowledges that that doesn't need to be the path for everyone. It just rang true to a lot of Big Feelings that high school seniors particularly face, but plus also cute prom romance and elder drag queens mentoring queer youth. Just an overall delightful spot of joy in my reading week!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matt Chisling (MattyandtheBooks)

    Five big, fat, fabulous stars for the YA novel with the hero of my dreams. Julie Murphy, author of the bestseller Dumplin’ (yes, the basis of THAT Netflix film) brings us back to Clover City, Texas for one last hurrah in PUMPKIN. It’s the story of Waylon Brewer: a fat, openly gay boy who is ready to live his truth. He’s a senior in high school, and he’s ready to leave this town behind and ride away with his twin sister. But when his plans go awry, a late-night decision inspires him to instead aud Five big, fat, fabulous stars for the YA novel with the hero of my dreams. Julie Murphy, author of the bestseller Dumplin’ (yes, the basis of THAT Netflix film) brings us back to Clover City, Texas for one last hurrah in PUMPKIN. It’s the story of Waylon Brewer: a fat, openly gay boy who is ready to live his truth. He’s a senior in high school, and he’s ready to leave this town behind and ride away with his twin sister. But when his plans go awry, a late-night decision inspires him to instead audition for his favorite drag TV program. And when Waylon’s audition tape ends up in the wrong hands, it results in a round of mockery punctuated by a joke nomination for Prom Queen. Only, what the bullies could never see coming is that Waylon is going to run – and he’s going to run his way. Even if it irks the frontrunner for Prom King – the infuriatingly handsome Tucker Watson. Y’all. Get ready to fall head over glittery reinforced heels for Waylon, his friends, his kickass grandma, and his plans to rule the world. PUMPKIN had me cheering from my bed, holding back tears, and hollering along as we watch this resilient young man take on his high school bullies. It’s a Young Adult novel for the youth in all of us – and it’s told with Murphy’s signature wit and charm. Pumpkin can serve as a standalone story, but fans of the Dumplin’ series will be super grateful for this final installment (oh, hi, Willowdean!) And, with drag culture the most popular its ever been, even the most casual fans of RuPaul will enjoy what’s being served here. Above all else, this book reminds me of the importance of representation in literature – especially at the YA level. 30-year old me would've traded many things away for the chance to read this book at a time when he was ready to shed who he was and become who he now is. Waylon is fighting back against criticism of his queerness and his fatness, and this book expertly illustrates the struggles that those two things can have when they collide together. I absolutely goshdarn loved this one. And I really think you will too. Read books like Pumpkin. Trust me. The biggest thank you to Balzer + Bray for my advance copy!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    WAYLON BREWER NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS - HE IS THE CINNAMONEST OF CINNAMON ROLLS

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    Third time's the charm! This book is Dumplin' #3 and is the best one of all. Our story follows Waylon, a tall, bigger boy who is red-headed. And gay. He laments that it's hard enough to be the tall fat kid, but to be gay and feminine in a small Texas town is the icing on the cake, Oh, and then there's his twin sister, Clementine. Waylon's grandma calls him Pumpkin and being a big guy with orange hair just kind of fits with that nickname. When the story opens, we see Waylon getting excited for th Third time's the charm! This book is Dumplin' #3 and is the best one of all. Our story follows Waylon, a tall, bigger boy who is red-headed. And gay. He laments that it's hard enough to be the tall fat kid, but to be gay and feminine in a small Texas town is the icing on the cake, Oh, and then there's his twin sister, Clementine. Waylon's grandma calls him Pumpkin and being a big guy with orange hair just kind of fits with that nickname. When the story opens, we see Waylon getting excited for the season finale of a reality show about drag queens, Fiercest of Them All. Adorable story, and like I said, I'm pretty sure this is the best of the three books in this series (and it's a plus that we get to see Willowdean and Millie again).

  12. 4 out of 5

    fleshy

    It’s like all of the complaints I had from the previous two books were listened to and implemented in the most heavy handed yet bland way. I can only describe this reading experience as entering a fugue state. I laughed once, making it necessarily better than Puddin', so it gets two stars. One thing that made me very uncomfortable was that race (and gender and sexuality) is mentioned constantly. Waylon is always telling us, and reminding us, what race someone is. All. The. Time. Nonstop throughou It’s like all of the complaints I had from the previous two books were listened to and implemented in the most heavy handed yet bland way. I can only describe this reading experience as entering a fugue state. I laughed once, making it necessarily better than Puddin', so it gets two stars. One thing that made me very uncomfortable was that race (and gender and sexuality) is mentioned constantly. Waylon is always telling us, and reminding us, what race someone is. All. The. Time. Nonstop throughout this book. I like knowing, but I do not like how forced it was into the book and how forced it is onto the reader. It's not natural, at all. Nor, for that matter, is the sheer bulk of queer characters and the intense diversity of their queerness. I've lived in San Francisco my whole life and I've never been in a room as diverse as the rural Texan high school described in this book. In addition to this hamfisted, shallow injection of diversity to cater to a 2021 audience, this book is clearly not written for teenagers. Specifically, it is not written for queer male or masc teenagers. It is written for a middle aged, ciswoman, predominantly white audience. The references may not be as dated as in the previous two books (we're up to the 2010s!), but the author still demonstrates no clear understanding of what teenagers are interested in, or act like. The characters are an indistinguishable set of paper doll caricatures. Waylon could have been swapped with any of the other characters and the story, a series of meaningless and boring events connected by Waylon's presence, would have been exactly the same. I can't even say this adds value in growing the library of queer teen lit. It doesn't. Plenty of white, middle aged women have written boy's love (for lack of a better term). Plenty of female mangaka have written it. There are thousands of works in this genre, thousands of works done better. If you know or are a teenager struggling with your identity, or coming out, or just living in this world period I would suggest instead Felix Ever After Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe If I Was Your Girl I Wish You All the Best These are own voices book. Elements of these stories reminded me of things that I and people I know have gone through.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ang

    Ohhhhhh my goodness I loved the shit out of this. There's so much to love: supportive families (is Clover City the Schitt's Creek of fiction???), great friends, twins, drag queens, LURVE and of course, did I mention, LURVE? Seriously though, the feel-good bits of this were just so wonderful, and though there is conflict, it is low-stakes and you know things will work out in the end. I loved Clem and Waylon; I loved that everyone's fave Clover City characters come back. Thanks to NetGalley and the Ohhhhhh my goodness I loved the shit out of this. There's so much to love: supportive families (is Clover City the Schitt's Creek of fiction???), great friends, twins, drag queens, LURVE and of course, did I mention, LURVE? Seriously though, the feel-good bits of this were just so wonderful, and though there is conflict, it is low-stakes and you know things will work out in the end. I loved Clem and Waylon; I loved that everyone's fave Clover City characters come back. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This book made my heart smile

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hayden (bookish.hayden)

    I've loved Julie Murphy for years, and this book just reinforced how incredible of a writer she is. Her books feature fat main characters at the forefront, living their absolute best lives. And the subject matter of this book was just so sweet. There is mild homophobia within, but Waylon and Clementine are both loved and accepted by their family and friends. CW: homophobia, death of a parent (past, described briefly), alcoholism in a parent, alcohol consumption, body image issues, internalized fa I've loved Julie Murphy for years, and this book just reinforced how incredible of a writer she is. Her books feature fat main characters at the forefront, living their absolute best lives. And the subject matter of this book was just so sweet. There is mild homophobia within, but Waylon and Clementine are both loved and accepted by their family and friends. CW: homophobia, death of a parent (past, described briefly), alcoholism in a parent, alcohol consumption, body image issues, internalized fat phobia Waylon Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. He's patiently waiting to graduate, excited to go off to Austin and unleash a whole new version of himself. When his twin sister Clementine deviates from their plan directly following Waylon being dumped, he decides to create an audition tape for his favourite Drag Race show. What he doesn't expect is that tape getting around school, ultimately leading to him being nominated as prom queen, alongside Clem's girlfriend Hannah as prom king. Waylon and Hannah take it in stride and decide to do their absolute best. But Waylon doesn't expect to be stuck working with the infuriatingly cute, yet rude, Tucker Watson. Waylon felt like a breath of fresh air. I feel like it's been since Puddin' that I've read such a well written and dynamic character. He's fat, ginger, and gay, and full of love and life, and so instantly likeable. Waylon isn't ashamed of his size, though he definitely is aware of it and easily compares his body to that of those around him. Comparison is such a bitch, and I feel like that, among other things, made Waylon feel so relatable. Waylon reads very much as a high school student on the cusp of life, and it was so interesting to watch him grapple with his future made him feel so real. Waylon faces some instances of homophobia, comments from other students mainly, and one specific altercation with an asshole in which Waylon had the upper hand and a body of people behind him. Waylon never questions or waffles with his sexuality, and both him and Clementine are accepted and loved fiercely by their family and friends. I love knowing that there are so many people out there who may see themselves in Waylon, and I hope that the publishing industry keeps becoming more diverse. Clementine was a lovely character, her and her girlfriend Hannah were such integral characters and I loved them. Clem initiates the original conflict in the book by wanting a different future than the one that her and Waylon had planned on, and I think this sibling dynamic was very well done. They've relied on each other so much throughout their lives, and Clem wants her own path. I love Clem and Hannah so much, their relationship was so sweet and seemingly conflict free and just so loving. We met Hannah in Dumplin' and I loved her then just as much as I love her now. Tucker is our crush in this book and I really liked him. He definitely has layers, and watching Waylon peel his layers back was a lot of fun. The two have had mini conflicts before, and seeing the reason behind them was so heartbreaking and made so much sense. You just can't help but want these two together, they're just so sweet. (view spoiler)[ Tucker's mother died when he was younger and that is described briefly in the book. Also Tucker's dad suffers from alcoholism, which is why Tucker dipped on having Waylon over for a school project and that just breaks my heart. Tucker is such a sweetie, I loved him. (hide spoiler)] Waylon and Clem's family rocks, this is another book with a really incredible grandma!! Grammy was my favourite, I love fancy old ladies so much. One side character I wanted to talk about is Kyle. Kyle is the one who spreads Waylon's video around, and we find out that the two used to be friends. Kyle used to be fat, but lost a lot of weight and their friendship dwindles. The divide between Kyle and Waylon makes sense, and seeing that play out was really interesting. (view spoiler)[ Discussing Kyle loosing his weight and the wedge that went up between the two because of Kyle's language surrounding it felt so relatable. (hide spoiler)] This book opens with Waylon being excited to watch a show that's essentially RuPaul's Drag Race, he's cheering for the fat queen to win and this prompts him to make his audition tape. After his video gets out and he commits to running for prom queen and dabbling in drag, Waylon's life changes. There are two different sides to Waylon, and so much of this book focuses on his journey to self discovery and acceptance and it's all just so gorgeous. The entire plot of this book is incredible, focusing on the prom queen race as well as Waylon's foray into drag race, and of course his future which is currently unknown. It's very well done and incredibly interesting. The world that Murphy built initially in Dumplin' has expanded so much, yet retained its sweetness. You don't have to read Dumplin' or Puddin' prior to this book, but getting the little character cameos in this was so special. I could read 3243 million more books set in this world and never become bored. The writing in this is perfect, clearly well informed with Murphy herself being plus sized and part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. If you want a book full of gay joy, with a lovely focus on drag, check this one out! This book is definitely going to stick with me for a while, and I can imagine it will for others as well.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bookclubforme

    Having loved the first two books in the series (if you haven't watched Dumplin on Netflix, I highly recommend - also definitely read the books!) I couldn't wait to read Waylon's story. Murphy's characters are always so charming and full of life and Waylon is no exception! Stuck in a small minded town, Waylon's personality is hindered. But when he is cruelly nominated as Prom Queen, he takes it all in his stride to show the world he's proud of who he is. Through his love of drag, the help of frie Having loved the first two books in the series (if you haven't watched Dumplin on Netflix, I highly recommend - also definitely read the books!) I couldn't wait to read Waylon's story. Murphy's characters are always so charming and full of life and Waylon is no exception! Stuck in a small minded town, Waylon's personality is hindered. But when he is cruelly nominated as Prom Queen, he takes it all in his stride to show the world he's proud of who he is. Through his love of drag, the help of friends and some fellow Queens - Miss Pumpkin Patch is born! Alongside finding himself, Waylon unexpectedly finds love when he has to spend so much time with the very cute, yet infuriating prom king nominee Tucker Watson. Witnessing their relationship progress was so lovely! Waylon gets the boy but would he snatch the crown he so desperately wants..? Murphy has written a fabulously fun queer romance where the protagonist not only finds love with another but who falls more in love with himself. Body-positivity is a stand out theme and one I LOVE to see in YA. However the biggest take away was - ALWAYS be yourself! 𝘗𝘶𝘮𝘱𝘬𝘪𝘯 has so many different yet equally loveable characters, you can't help but cheer for them all! Oh and did I mention that drag takes centre stage?! If you enjoyed The Black Flamingo, you'll love this! 😉

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michel Avenali

    Loved, loved, loved! I've been on the world's worst reading slump since Covid started. Go figure, as evidenced by the embarrassingly low number of books I've completed this year. This book was such a treat, in every single way, and such a fun reading experience that it basically read itself. I absolutely adored this book and I can't stop gushing about it. Thank you Julie Murphy for writing this incredibly cute, funny, and touching story filled with characters that felt so real, you could swear t Loved, loved, loved! I've been on the world's worst reading slump since Covid started. Go figure, as evidenced by the embarrassingly low number of books I've completed this year. This book was such a treat, in every single way, and such a fun reading experience that it basically read itself. I absolutely adored this book and I can't stop gushing about it. Thank you Julie Murphy for writing this incredibly cute, funny, and touching story filled with characters that felt so real, you could swear they were friends of your own. It was so refreshing and needed to see representation that one rarely sees in fiction, especially LGBTQIA+ books. I loved Waylon AKA Pumpkin's depiction as a tall, heavy-set, femme and openly gay teen in his school, this is a perspective one rarely sees. I felt so seen in this book as someone who is gay but doesn't have a six-pack or perfect bodybuilder figure, where oftentimes in gay world you are automatically dismissed if you don't fit that mold. I loved Pumpkin's charisma, his humor and vulnerability, and his extra large personality. I could go on forever honestly, all I have to say is do yourself a favor and read this asap! This book is begging to be a tv show or a movie; it would be incredible.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eva B.

    This was the perfect book to kick off my summer reading with! Julie Murphy's writing just keeps me engaged; I laughed and cried and cheered at various points while reading. As a fat queer kid, it just means so much to me to see fat queer kids getting happy endings. This was the perfect book to kick off my summer reading with! Julie Murphy's writing just keeps me engaged; I laughed and cried and cheered at various points while reading. As a fat queer kid, it just means so much to me to see fat queer kids getting happy endings.

  19. 4 out of 5

    VL

    The Dumplin' universe is one of my absolute favorites. Reading this was like stepping into a warm hug. The Dumplin' universe is one of my absolute favorites. Reading this was like stepping into a warm hug.

  20. 4 out of 5

    francis moore

    Full review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com... “And now I don’t know where I’m going or who I want to be and I made that stupid video and what if that’s all anyone ever knows me for? What if I’m always that fat gay kid with the embarrassing video who ran for prom queen?” Overall Pumpkin is a fun and satisfying read for Julie Murphy fans and though it’s billed as a conclusion I wouldn’t be surprised if we return to Clover City someday. Waylon and Hannah are an unexpectedly perfect pair t Full review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com... “And now I don’t know where I’m going or who I want to be and I made that stupid video and what if that’s all anyone ever knows me for? What if I’m always that fat gay kid with the embarrassing video who ran for prom queen?” Overall Pumpkin is a fun and satisfying read for Julie Murphy fans and though it’s billed as a conclusion I wouldn’t be surprised if we return to Clover City someday. Waylon and Hannah are an unexpectedly perfect pair that explore a sweet facet of queer friendship. I’m still mourning that the book wasn’t able to be titled “Punkin’,” but it shines regardless. Rating: four perfect proms/five For fans of: Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales, Camp by Lev AC Rosen, Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ameema Saeed

    A sweet, sassy, and delightful story about a young, fat, openly gay teen, living in a small town. Waylon has a big personality, and even bigger dreams, and can’t wait to get out of town with his twin sister, to attend college together, and finally live their truth. He’s a man with a plan, but unfortunately, life seems intent on derailing it. After he gets dumped, and his sister breaks the news that she no longer has the same dreams as him – he throws caution to the wind and films an audition tap A sweet, sassy, and delightful story about a young, fat, openly gay teen, living in a small town. Waylon has a big personality, and even bigger dreams, and can’t wait to get out of town with his twin sister, to attend college together, and finally live their truth. He’s a man with a plan, but unfortunately, life seems intent on derailing it. After he gets dumped, and his sister breaks the news that she no longer has the same dreams as him – he throws caution to the wind and films an audition tape for his favourite TV drag show – Fiercest of them All. When the tape is leaked, and he is jokingly nominated for prom queen, and his sister’s girlfriend is nominated for prom king, together, they decide that there’s only one thing to do… Run for prom court, for real, and leave high school with a big, *sparkly* bang. Set in the same world as Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’, and Puddin’, and featuring cameos from some of our favourite characters, this book was a heartwarming and powerful story about being true to who you are. Full of romance, and drag, and all the messy, lovely beauty of being a teenager, you’ll find yourself rooting for Waylon and his friends, as they dare to stand out, in a world that seems set on telling them they have to fit in. Sweet, joyful, made me nostalgic for prom! This book was a good time. (From: https://www.shedoesthecity.com/books-...)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bridgette

    A fast, enjoyable read with a wonderful new character and some returning favorites. As always, the relationships shine brightest--between Waylon and his twin sister, Clem, between Clem and her girlfriend Hannah, the relationships all the teens have with their grandmothers, and the budding friendship Waylon has with Tucker after they paired together on the prom committee. I loved going back to the Hideaway and seeing Waylon's drag queen aspirations. All the characters are figuring out what they w A fast, enjoyable read with a wonderful new character and some returning favorites. As always, the relationships shine brightest--between Waylon and his twin sister, Clem, between Clem and her girlfriend Hannah, the relationships all the teens have with their grandmothers, and the budding friendship Waylon has with Tucker after they paired together on the prom committee. I loved going back to the Hideaway and seeing Waylon's drag queen aspirations. All the characters are figuring out what they want and it's all messy and complicated, as life usually is. Waylon's voice is strong, and he knows much of who he is, but isn't read to share that version of himself yet for most of the book. I didn't fully buy into the romance at first, but as it went on, I started liking and believing it. It was great to see Will and Ellen and all the others from the previous books to get a snapshot of what they all planned for after high school, Though they're all together sometimes, this is Waylon's story, and his story shines. I really enjoyed his character arc and the confrontation with another character about the way weight loss was treated. The ending was perfect and completely satisfying. Fans of other books won't be disappointed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    I was honestly not expecting to love this one as much as I did!! I loved how Julie Murphy upends the traditional dynamic of the prom - arguably the most iconic heteronormative milestone of high school - by having two out gay teens get nominated for prom court in a role reversal as a joke. Rather than being ashamed though, Weylon, a plus-sized gay boy who was just trying to keep his head down until graduation, ends up embracing his prom queen nomination and becoming an inspiration for the other q I was honestly not expecting to love this one as much as I did!! I loved how Julie Murphy upends the traditional dynamic of the prom - arguably the most iconic heteronormative milestone of high school - by having two out gay teens get nominated for prom court in a role reversal as a joke. Rather than being ashamed though, Weylon, a plus-sized gay boy who was just trying to keep his head down until graduation, ends up embracing his prom queen nomination and becoming an inspiration for the other queer students. The nomination also helps give him the courage to explore his inner drag queen persona, Pumpkin, performing at parties and a local drag bar. This book is just fun and full of body positive, hopeful messaging for queer teens stuck in small town. I really loved that Weylon wasn't just gay but fat too, and the author does a great job illustrating how much more difficult that is when so much of the gay culture prizes hot, fit, bodies. Highly recommend this one, especially for fans of The black flamingo, Jay's gay agenda or any of the other Dumplin' series books. Favorite quotes: "Being fat is hard enough without adding gay guy to the equation. The only gay guys anyone fawns over online are ripped with like twelve pack abs or whatever. I know it's plenty difficult for other people too but when you're straight and big everyone is fine with you...but when you're gay if you want to be the object of anyone's desire you better have washboard abs and a phone full of thirst traps." "Maybe prom queen doesn't have to always be the same thin, pretty and popular girl. Maybe the queen doesn't have to be a girl at all." "Drag is more than makeup and gowns and bodysuits and tucking and sequins and wigs. Drag is about what you exude. Drag is a choice and in this moment, in front of almost the entire senior class, my choice is to fully embrace Pumpkin." "I think one day it will be easy to look back on this time and see that I was this gay kid trapped in a small town. And yeah sometimes I feel like that. But sometimes I'm with all of you and I see that we all feel trapped and the only thing stopping us from feeling free is our fear of what others will think."

  24. 4 out of 5

    Blue

    Want to see more... Bookstagram Website Was this absolutely beautiful in every single way? Yes it was! I love the characters that Murphy creates, they are adorable, they are beautiful and they are sensitive and I am here for it. Want to see more... Bookstagram Website Was this absolutely beautiful in every single way? Yes it was! I love the characters that Murphy creates, they are adorable, they are beautiful and they are sensitive and I am here for it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    sarah

    THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD!!! i loved all the characters and overall it was such a good book. i’m quiet sad now that the book is over because i want to keep reading about waylons adventures :) i also loved the ending sm ❤️

  26. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Shelton

    I have read all 3 in this series and oh my goodness...best one yet. I love representation in books. Drag queens, LGBTQ+ characters, & plus size main characters what could be better. I could not wait to get my hands on this book and once I did I couldn't put it down. I have read all 3 in this series and oh my goodness...best one yet. I love representation in books. Drag queens, LGBTQ+ characters, & plus size main characters what could be better. I could not wait to get my hands on this book and once I did I couldn't put it down.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tib

    cw: alcoholism, homophobia, bullying, fatphobia This was a cute, fun end to a cute, fun series and I loved the cameos from the other books. It was still a fun, light-hearted, fast read and going back to a world I already enjoyed was a nice start to Pride for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    m ✨

    Giving this 5 stars to drag up the avg. rating, since someone one starred it before ARCs are released which is a pet peeve of mine! As soon as the ratings are back up, I will be removing this. <3

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gina Adams

    Thanks to Libro.fm’s ALC program for providing me with the audiobook for Pumpkin! Wow, this book was such a welcome surprise for me. I didn’t think it would be bad by any means, but it was genuinely a cover buy and I haven’t read any of the other Clover City books by Julie Murphy so I basically just didn’t have expectations at all. What I got was a book that made me laugh out loud, made me cry multiple times, made my heart swell, and made me wish I’d read it when I was 15. Waylon, or Pumpkin, to Thanks to Libro.fm’s ALC program for providing me with the audiobook for Pumpkin! Wow, this book was such a welcome surprise for me. I didn’t think it would be bad by any means, but it was genuinely a cover buy and I haven’t read any of the other Clover City books by Julie Murphy so I basically just didn’t have expectations at all. What I got was a book that made me laugh out loud, made me cry multiple times, made my heart swell, and made me wish I’d read it when I was 15. Waylon, or Pumpkin, to his grandma, is a fat, gay, tall, ginger high school senior just biding his time til graduation. He’s openly out at school, but does his best to blend in, because standing out would only make all eyes be on him. But his application video to a drag show accidentally goes viral at school, and he’s thrust into the spotlight. He’s jokingly nominated for prom queen, and his school tries to be inclusive and assumes he was running a prom queen campaign for himself and keeps the nomination valid. He’s convinced to stay in the running, and so starts a journey to truly embracing himself and letting himself be seen, and loved, by old classmates who become new friends. Not everyone can relate to being the fat gay kid trying to find their place in a small, and seemingly close-minded, town, but everyone can relate to having insecurities at time and just wanting a space where they fit. I think that’s one of the strengths of this book. It’s so relatable to see the way Waylon realizes that some of his aversions to his classmates and his hometown are just unfair assumptions of his, and not based on anything anyone else had done wrong. And of course, some people had treated him poorly. But they aren’t the entirety of the school or the town, and Waylon opening himself up to make friends really helps him realize that. Every time Waylon broke another barrier, it was just such a heart-warming moment, and, okay, a tear-jerker. I cried when he decided to run on the prom court, I cried when he did his first drag performance, I cried when he got into a pool with his peers for the first time since probably elementary school.. it just feels so good to see someone come into themselves that way, even if the someone is a fictional character. All the side characters were so sweet and supportive - Waylon’s parents, his twin sister, Clementine, the teachers at his school who were once his closest friends lol, Clem’s girlfriend Hannah, Waylon and Clem’s grandma... they were all just so sure of Waylon when he was unsure of himself. And especially Tucker Watson. Someone who had slighted Waylon in the past, who Waylon absolutely didn’t want to be paired with on prom court, who Waylon got paired with on prom court. He was such a layered character and seeing the way he and Waylon finally got to really know each other was so sweet. There were discussions about being fat, and who you hurt when you villainize being fat, about being gay, and how there’s no “right” way to be gay. How you can inspire others just by being you, and how you only hurt yourself when you keep parts of yourself hidden. This book is really going to stick with me. It has so much heart and either teaches you life lessons or gently reminds you of things you already know to be true. It’s written in a pretty timeless manner, there’s no references that are try-hard Gen-Z like some recent YA, but there’s also enough that it feels authentic. I think this book could benefit tons of people in different ways, and I’ll probably be recommending it a lot. I absolutely am inspired to go back and read Dumplin’ and Puddin’ now. (By the way, both those main characters play pretty decent sized parts in this story, so if you have read and loved them, even more reason to pick this one up.)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erin Cataldi

    Sassy, sweet, and endearing, Pumpkin will instantly win over fans. The third book in the Dumplin' series focuses on Pumpkin, an open gay, overweight teen boy who is just ready to get on with his life and begins stage three - out and proud in a new city, a chance to be who he wants to be. He and his lesbian twin sister are both out - to their parents, friends, and school - but Pumpkin wants more. When his favorite plus size drag queen makes it all the way through the reality show only to lose to Sassy, sweet, and endearing, Pumpkin will instantly win over fans. The third book in the Dumplin' series focuses on Pumpkin, an open gay, overweight teen boy who is just ready to get on with his life and begins stage three - out and proud in a new city, a chance to be who he wants to be. He and his lesbian twin sister are both out - to their parents, friends, and school - but Pumpkin wants more. When his favorite plus size drag queen makes it all the way through the reality show only to lose to the small queen; Pumpkin is furious. Alone in his room he decides to put on makeup, lip-sync in the camera, and create an audition tape for his favorite reality drag show telling them how he really feels about their shameful body standards. Pumpkin won't ever send it in - but it was cathartic and a lot of fun. He shows his twin sister, Clem, who shows some people, who show some people, and the next thing you know, Pumpkin is nominated as prom queen. It's mortifying. Pumpkin is so close to going to Austin and getting away from the bullies and now he has to suffer through people mocking his "audition tape" and nominating him to prom court. But the joke is on them because through spite and gumption; Pumpkin is going to leap even further out of the closet and really give them something to talk about. Joyful and fun!

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...