Told from the POV of two different girls, Puddin’ is the story of Millie Milcachuk and Callie Reyes. Millie aspires to be a news anchor, while Callie’s whole life is devoted to her dance team. When Millie’s uncle’s gym is trashed by the dance team, Millie identifies Callie as one of the culprits, and Callie has to work at the gym, forcing her and Millie to start talking and eventually become friends.
Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream–and to kiss the boy she’s crushing on.
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 surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined.
A story about unexpected friendship, romance, and Texas-size girl power–this is another winner from Julie Murphy.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Cis girls: Millie, Callie, Amanda, Hannah, Courtney
Cis boys: Malik, Bryce
Gay: Claudia (main character’s older sister)
Lesbian: Hannah, Courtney
Heterosexual: Millie, Callie, Malik, Bryce
Heteroromantic: Millie, Callie, Malik, Bryce
Disability: One of Amanda’s legs is shorter than the other.
Location: American South
Trigger Warnings: Fatphobia
Additional Notes: Male principal is mentioned to be married to a man briefly.