Finished Pumpkin by Julie Murphy. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“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. . . . “
I’ve been a huge fan of Julie Murphy’s since I read Dumplin’, and every book I’ve read since has only cemented it.
And you guys. YOU GUYS. Pumpkin is a complete delight. I love Waylon so much and I love this world so much and I am in denial that it’s the last book. I mean, we thought it would be a duology, right? So there’s no reason this couldn’t eventually become a quadrilogy or even a full-fledged series.
This book is just so charming and sweet and fun. Everything about it made me smile. And now if you need me, I’ll be over here, starting the whole series over.