Conversations With the Fat Girl

Conversations With the Fat Girl

by Liza Palmer

Everyone seems to be getting on with their lives except Maggie.

At 26, she's still serving coffee at The Beanery Coffee House, while her friends are getting married, having babies, and having real careers.

Even Olivia, Maggie's best friend from childhood, is getting married to the doctor with whom she lives.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Womens Fiction
  • Rating: 3.67
  • Pages: 319
  • Publish Date: September 1st 2005 by Warner Books
  • Isbn10: 0446693952
  • Isbn13: 9780446693950

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I read Conversations with the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, and it was one of those books that touched me in a lot of ways. Her best friend, Olivia, had gastric bypass surgery a number of years ago and is now getting married, but since Olivia has found the Land of the Size Twos, things are completely different between the two girls. There were times when Maggie said things and I thought, "that's exactly what I felt". The lonliness that set in for me personally around age 28 mirrors Maggie's pretty sharply, although at the time, I was an unhealthy size 4 -- misery then meant not eating. The other thing this book reminded me of is it's about ATTITUDE, not size.

Maggie who has a master's degree and who at one time had hopes of restoring art feels as if everybody in her family has gone on to a different life and when her best friend Olivia becomes engaged she feels even more lost. I thought it was pretty cool to have a heroine who is actually trained in something like art restoration since I can't recall that as an occupation I have read before. I don't want to reveal too much because that would end up spoiling the book for others but there's a reason why Maggie and Olivia became friends when they were younger and now there's a reason that they have grown apart. I can't wait to read the sequel to this book to find out what happened to Maggie and actually we're Olivia is now in her life.

It follows lifelong "fat girl" Maggie who works at a coffee shop even though she has a masters degree in art restoration. At the same time, Maggie's best friend and former fellow fat girl in crime, Olivia, is getting married. As they plan the wedding together, Maggie begins to realize that after dropping all those dress sizes there is very little of her formerly witty and fun loving best friend left.

There isn't any smut in this book, so people who prefer their reading to be smut free will enjoy it!

It's supposed to be ok because the girl herself is fat, so therefore she can say whatever she wants (because that's what all fat people really think to themselves). I might be fat, but by stopping reading this book I am taking a positive stand against how people can talk and think about us overweight people.

Conversations with the fat girl by Liza Palmer is a novel about a woman named Maggie and her struggle to overcome her worst fear . While Maggie is hit with reality, Olivia is trying to re build her life into the glamorous, popularity ridden mean girl high school dream. This book is about Maggies journey from doormat to queen (at least that my totally bias opinion) to the strong, independent, courageous women she is deep down inside. It wasnt until the middle of the book when I realized how much Maggie and I are alike, The self-loathing and the ability to change but the complete fear of success stopping us. This book helped me open my eyes, it forced me realize I am the only thing that stands in my way, and that I deserve a lot more happiness and respect than I allow myself to have. Throughout this book Maggie makes jokes about her size, The funniest one is when shes thinking back to shopping for a prom dress and she says Im a fat fuck, mom. Maggies story taught me that life is worth living, no matter your size. At a certain point in the book Maggie is at a taco truck where she orders her food and a large drink. Maggie knows this woman just called her fat. This, to me, is one of the best parts of the book, because Maggie has never stood up for herself. Maggie doesnt just get surgery, or make herself skinny, instead she makes a long term plan to not just overcome her weight, but to also build her confidence, self esteem and body image.

I'm frightened; I shall have nightmares if I have to look at her another moment." (Disclaimer: this is not a direct quotation from the book, but more my memory of how the scene went.) However, as the story progressed, I felt like Maggie was very immature in her behaviors and thoughts.

Palmers fifth novel, Nowhere but Home, is about a failed chef who decides to make last meals for the condemned in Texas.