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By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Good-hearted companion tale lacks spark of Dumplin'.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Good message, strong characters.....but....

I loved the message of this book. The idea of different kinds of people with different backgrounds and different belief systems really resonates with me. I also believe the two main characters are extremely strong and the author pulls you into their relationship wanting to know more and how their story plays out. My biggest criticism is the underlying and pervasive sexual undertones. It is constant throughout the book. It is glorified and gave an almost ‘every teen does it’ feel as well as a feeling that every teen needed to have a sexual experience. I felt this completely distracted from the main theming. Language was also prevelant through the book and used many profane words as well as perverse descriptions, ‘dick pics’ for instance. Overall, this book is a great read for an older teen or young adult. I was disappointed the author didn’t dial back the sex and language to make it acceptable to a wider teen reader population, a population that needs to hear the message in this book.

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Author Julie Murphy takes her fans back to familiar territory with this friendship tale that doesn't quite have the same spark or fresh attitude as the book that inspired it. Readers who come to Puddin' because they fell in love with Willowdean in Dumplin' may be disappointed that she's relegated to the sidelines here. Unfortunately, neither Millie nor Callie are funny or engaging enough to take Willowdean's torch and run with it.

That being said, there are still enough positive messages, good role models, friendship drama, relationship drama, romance, and slumber parties to make it an enjoyable read for teens looking for a light, good-hearted read. Teens who relate to Callie's intensity will enjoy her journey to becoming a better person and a good friend. Those who struggle to accept themselves for who they are, and their bodies for what they are, will root for Millie as she learns when not to take "no" for an answer.

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