Today, I'm discussing one of Liza Palmer's most successful novels: Conversations with the Fat Girl.
A big thanks to Forever publishing for my free copy.
Conversations with the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer
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.
Liza Palmer's upcoming rerelease is the story of 27-year-old Maggie--a young woman who has battled low self-esteem for as long as she could remember.
Maggie and her best friend Olivia grew up trying their hardest to make themselves invisible. They were sure that if they could not be seen, they could not be bullied. Now, Maggie and Olivia are in their late twenties. While Maggie is still battling the same issues, Olivia is down to a size 2 and living the life she always wanted: hanging with a group of thin, gorgeous women; marrying an intelligent man; and throwing the picture-perfect wedding. The only problem? Olivia is no longer the Olivia Maggie once knew.
Conversations with the Fat Girl is an interesting story. The writing is captivating, the plot is relatable, and the characters are authentic and vibrant. Palmer's novel is full of potential. The narrative is filled with powerful messages and lessons that are sure to resonate with hundreds of readers.
Unfortunately, the short anecdotes throughout the novel and Maggie's unlikable personality make it difficult for readers to make a strong connection with the story. Nonetheless, Palmer's shocking and empowering ending saves the story and makes Conversations with the Fat Girl worthwhile.
This rerelease will be hitting the shelves August 6th. Have you read Conversations with the Fat Girl? Will you be picking up a copy?