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Book Review: Pumpkin by Julie Murphy (Blog Tour)

"Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon, so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth.

So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right after Waylon gets dumped, he throws caution to the wind and creates an audition tape for his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. What he doesn’t count on is the tape accidentally getting shared with the entire school. . . . As a result, Waylon is nominated for prom queen as a joke. Clem’s girlfriend, Hannah Perez, also receives a joke nomination for prom king.

Waylon and Hannah decide there’s only one thing to do: run—and leave high school with a bang. A very glittery bang. Along the way, Waylon discovers that there is a lot more to running for prom court than campaign posters and plastic crowns, especially when he has to spend so much time with the very cute and infuriating prom king nominee Tucker Watson.

Waylon will need to learn that the best plan for tomorrow is living for today . . . especially with the help of some fellow queens. . . ."

Pages: 336


I received a physical copy of Pumpkin by Julie Murphy for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour organised by Pride Book Tours. Thank you so much to Pride Book Tours, Julie Murphy and Harper360 YA for having me on the tour!

Firstly I just have to marvel at how gorgeous this book is! Look at that glorious pink cover and fantastic rainbow spine - it's the most perfect book to start off Pride Month!

In Pumpkin our protagonist is Waylon Brewer, a fat openly gay kid from a small town in Texas. He's determined to lay low and not bring any attention to himself until graduation when he can leave however when a video of him doing drag makes its way around the school he is suddenly nominated to be Prom Queen. With the support of his friends and new community he decides to run for the crown and maybe even finds love on the way!

Waylon is such a fun main character! He's fierce, witty and so brave. I loved watching his confidence and self esteem grow throughout the book. He is one of the most inspiring characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading and is definitely a new role model for me. The book also features a whole cast of wonderful and queer characters who were a joy to read! I was instantly hooked and loved every single page - I didn't want to put it down! It was such a feel-good story and I can't wait to read even more from Julie Murphy! I absolutely adore her wholesome writing style and she is definitely going to become an auto-buy author for me.

Pumpkin is an extraordinary read full of love, body positivity and being able to overcome challenges with the support of friends. Absolutely perfection and a forever favourite for me!

Thank you so much Pride Book Tours, Harper360 YA and Julie Murphy for having me on the tour! It was an absolute pleasure!

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