Release date: May 8th 2018
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.
I was so excited when it was announced that Millie was getting her own companion novel alongside Dumplin’. She was one of my favourite supporting characters in the first book and I couldn’t wait to see more of her. This book was set a little after the events of Dumplin’ but could be read separately. There were a few references to the events in Dumplin’ but nothing that should have the reader wondering what was going on if they hadn’t read the first book.
This book was told in two POVs, Millie and Callie. They were complete opposites. Millie was a larger girl from a family who wasn’t well off but they were very close. She worked in her uncle’s gym and was very eager to start doing more with her new friends. Callie was a popular girl from a well off family who made a bad decision in anger and was paying for it. It was the type of decision that made her realize who her friends were. Both girls were confident and while Millie was open and friendly and willing to give second chances, Callie was judgemental and entitled and closed off.
I really enjoyed the different types of friendships and relationships displayed in this book. It showed great, positive female friendships with Millie and her friends but it also showed some negative aspects with Callie and her group of friends. I was really interested in how the dynamics between Millie and Callie changed through the book as they were forced to work together. Millie was definitely a positive influence on Callie and she went through a huge growth journey by the end of the book.
The book was a pretty light read, quick, but still very engaging. It had the same feel as Dumplin’ without feel too much like reading the same book. Definitely one to read if you liked Dumplin’ but also if you like female friendships, girl power, and a great story.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.