Treadmill Reads: Conversations With the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer

Conversations with the fat girl

Synopsis (Goodreads) Everyone seems to be getting on with their lives except Maggie. At 27, she’s still working at the local coffee house while her friends are getting married, having babies, and building careers. Even Olivia, Maggie’s best friend from childhood, is getting married to her doctor boyfriend. Maggie, on the other hand, lives with her dog Solo and has no romantic prospects save for the torch she carries for Domenic, the busboy. Though Maggie and Olivia have been best friends since their fattie grade school years, Olivia’s since gone the gastric-bypass surgery route in hopes of obtaining the elusive size two, the holy grail for fat girls everywhere. So now Olivia’s thin, blond, and betrothed, and Maggie’s the fat bridesmaid. Ain’t life grand? In this inspiring debut novel, Maggie speaks to women everywhere who wish for just once that they could forget about their weight.

My take:   Maggie is every young woman who ever fought the weight battle – every young woman who has never felt comfortable with her body. I understood Maggie and I cheered for her as she started to figure things out with her best friend, her love life, and her job situation.

Conversations With the Fat Girl is filled with interesting characters. From Maggie’s family to her co-workers it was easy to find comparable characters in my own life. I liked most and understood the reason for them all. This is a novel begging to be on the small or large screen. Thank you Liza Palmer for writing Maggie’s story. Once upon a time I was in her shoes.

There’s a reader’s guide included and you can find more information about the author here. I’m looking forward to reading Ms. Palmer’s other books.

  • Title:  Conversations With the Fat Girl
  • Author:  Liza Palmer
  • Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
  • Published:  September 2005 – 5 Spot
  • Source:  I bought it
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10 thoughts on “Treadmill Reads: Conversations With the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer

  1. I love books where I can relate to the characters.I have a sister who struggled with her weight even though she was slim. Weight issues come in many forms.

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  2. I read Seeing Me Naked by this author and it was very good. I have Conversations with the Fat Girl on my shelf – thanks for the reminder to read it!

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