Liza Palmer will have readers cheering as she explores friendship, true love, and self-acceptance in this "engaging and poignant" (Jennifer Weiner) novel.
Everyone seems to be getting on with their lives except Maggie. At twenty-seven, she's still serving coffee at Joe's while her friends are getting married, having babies, and thriving in their careers. And now Olivia, Maggie's best friend since grade school, is getting married too. The man in Maggie's life? Well there isn't one, except the guy she has a crush on, Domenic, who works with her at the coffee shop. Oh, and her dog, Solo (the name says it all).
When Olivia comes to town and asks Maggie to be her maid of honor, Maggie is thrilled... but she can't help comparing herself to the new and "improved" Olivia. Way back then, they befriended each other because they both struggled with their weight. Now grown up, Maggie is still shopping in the "women's section" while Olivia went and had gastric-bypass surgery in search of the elusive size 2. But as the wedding nears, Olivia's seemingly perfect life starts to unravel, and Maggie realizes that happiness might not be tied to a number on the scale.
In this wonderful novel, Liza Palmer is both witty and wise, giving a voice to women everywhere who have ever wished they could stop obsessing... and start living.
"Kudos to Liza Palmer." -- People
"Palmer's likable characters and snappy dialogue make this novel stand out from the crowd." -- Booklist
"In a word: genuine." -- Herald Sun
Palmer debuts with the latest sprightly entry in the ever-expanding category of light romantic comedies starring plus-sized heroines. Maggie has been best friends with fellow fat girl Olivia since they were 12. Following gastric bypass surgery at 22, however, Olivia grows increasingly unrecognizable. Now 27, she's engaged to Adam, a fat-phobic Ken doll, and although Maggie is to be the maid of honor, she feels less and less a part of Olivia's skinny new life. After Olivia disappoints her old friend again and again, Maggie sets in motion a long-overdue and explosive confrontation and walks into the arms of the colleague busboy to her barista whom she's had a crush on for ages. By that time, in true chick-lit style, Maggie is both earnestly at work improving herself and being loved for her true, unimproved self. And though Palmer doesn't moralize, it's when Maggie starts to make her own, more realistic wishes come true by taking a better job and signing up with a trainer instead of a surgeon that she sees her love requited. It turns out her instincts were good as are Palmer's.
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The Importance of Self-Worth
This was a really thoughtful and introspective read. Conversations with the Fat Girl started a little slow for me and I'm not a huge fan of the title, but it ended up surprising me in a wonderful way.
I think many readers will be able to relate to the insecurities, fears, and challenges that our heroine Maggie faces. I loved Maggie's growth through the novel and how she really came into her own.
"If you can't even choose yourself, how can anyone else?"
This quote was such a turning point in the novel for me. The complexity behind such a simple statement really struck a chord. As Maggie faced off with all of her blue buckets, I also evaluated my own life and perceptions of self. The message of self-worth and value was so important and I appreciated that Liza Palmer addressed it in a realistic and honest way. The collapse of Olivia and Maggie's friendship was a painful reminder that you actively choose who you let into your life and history alone does not dictate your relationships.
I enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Kate, Peregrine, and Solo, and there were some hilarious pop culture references. There are quite a few laugh out loud moments and it was a bonus for me that the book took place in Los Angeles. Palmer's writing was witty and entertaining and I enjoyed this heartfelt read.
*I voluntarily read an advance review copy of the 2019 edition of this book*
Loved the truth of this book.
Fun but Flat
Although this book was hilarious & so very relatable, I found myself getting bored at times. Plus, it hardly talks about Olivia and the wedding, which I thought would've been the main focus. Instead it's kind of like a love story which would have been great but it was so slow Lastly, I found myself wanting more when I finished it! I wanted to know more about her showdown with Olivia & what else happened with her and Dominic!! All in all it was just okay..