Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Teen Book Club

Dumplin' Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think of the 1st person narration?
  2. Before reading this book, what did you think of beauty pageants?
  3. What do you think of Will introducing herself as fat?
  4. Does Will feel like a real teenager?
  5. What do you think of Lucy?
  6. Do you like Will’s mom?
  7. What do you think of Ellen’s and Will’s friendship?
  8. Do you like Willowdean?
  9. What do you think of Bo?
  10. Does the discussion of Will’s first kiss seem odd?
  11. What do you think of the passage of time in the book?
  12. Does Sweet 16 sound awful?
  13. Why do you think Will quit her job at Harpy’s?
  14. Should Will have kicked Patrick when he called her Dumplin’?
  15. Why do you think Will entered the pageant?
  16. Was Will right or wrong to be upset with Ellen for entering the pageant?
  17. Who is your favorite character?
  18. Who is your least favorite character?
  19. Was the drag show a good scene?
  20. What do you think of Mitch?
  21. Should Will have quit the pageant?
  22. What is the theme of the book?
  23. What did you think of the ending?
  24. Did you like the book?
  25. Would you read the follow up book?

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