Dumplin is an easy read novel that addresses the issues that many teenage girls face as they transition through high school, while also challenging the idea of what society deems as "beauty pageant" beautiful. Set in a small town, where few people ever leave and stay away, WillowDean faces the usual teen angst (family issues, friendship trouble and a non-existent love life). Although she is dealing with weight issues, she is comfortable in her own skin, until the incident that throws her life into a tail spin and has her questioning everything she thought she knew about herself.
I don't think this book would appeal to male readers, but I definitely think there is a place for it in junior high/senior high libraries, as many females would find the subject relatable. The content is mature, but incredibly mild and I would compare it to a teenage soap opera.