Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

Puddin' (Dumplin', #2)Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an okay read, with a lot of diverse characters and interesting relationship dynamics, especially in regards to the friendships between the girls and women in this story. It did take me a bit of time to find a groove at the start, especially with the multiple POVs. I had trouble settling in with the characters and placing them for some reason. In fact, I mixed some of the girls up in the beginning, which led to some general confusion.

Also, I don’t know what went wrong for me in the last 1/2 of the book, but I really started to lose interest. It just didn’t capture me, and I kept zoning out and rewinding. It wasn’t that the story was completely boring. It’s just that there wasn’t enough action and tension to keep my attention. I think maybe the storyline started to drag, and the characters just weren’t showing as much growth and development as I’d hoped for.

I remember not wanting to put the first book down, and that just wasn’t the case with this story. I even found myself wishing it would hurry up and end, so I could start something else. I guess I just didn’t take to the really slow pace and meandering plot. It’s also pretty predictable, which may have been part of the problem, so don’t expect any twists or surprises with this one.

And sometimes it’s just a bit too preachy for me. The more I think about this and identify things that didn’t work for me with this story, the more I decide to drop my rating. I’m going to let it stand at 3 stars, since I round up anyway, but it may even be more of a 2.5 for me, which I’m pretty sad about.

Book 351 read in 2018

Pages: 448
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