If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

If The Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy
If The Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

Thank you to Disney Books for sharing a review copy of If The Shoe Fits

Cinderella is one of my favorite Disney movies and I love retellings of this classic story. When I found out that Julie Murphy was writing an adult romance retelling of Cinderella with a Bachelor style twist? I slammed that request button on Netgalley.

After having just graduated with a degree in shoe design, and trying to get her feet on the ground, Cindy is working for her stepmother, who happens to be the executive producer of America’s favorite reality show, Before Midnight. When a spot on the show needs filling ASAP, Cindy volunteers, hoping it might help jump-start her fashion career, or at least give her something to do while her peers land jobs in the world of high fashion.

Turns out being the only plus size woman on a reality dating competition makes a splash, and soon Cindy becomes a body positivity icon for women everywhere. What she doesn’t expect? That she may just find inspiration-and love-in the process. Ultimately, Cindy learns that if the shoe doesn’t fit, maybe it’s time to design your own

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Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

After recently reading Dumplin recently, I immediately put my name on the waitlist for Puddin’ at the library. The first book was great – it focused on self love and being true to yourself. Naturally, I couldn’t wait to read this follow up – set in the point of view of Willowdean’s friend Millie – a bad ass who was unapologetically herself. I’m happy to say that this book lived up to Dumplin’ and more.

Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

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Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

I’ll admit, I decided to read this book after watching the recent Netflix adaptation (and thoroughly enjoying it). With how busy my life has gotten, I’m lucky to finish a book in a few days, however every now and again, a book comes around that I simply cannot put down. Dumplin‘ was that book for me – I read it all in one sitting. It’s an ode to teenage friendship, loving yourself for who you are, and embracing the amazing music of Dolly Parton.

Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean 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 girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

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