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Conversations with the Fat Girl Paperback – Bargain Price, September 13, 2005
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Conversations with the Fat Girl has been optioned for series by HBO by the producers of Rome, Band of Brothers and Generation Kill.
Palmer's second novel is Seeing Me Naked, which Publisher's Weekly says, "consider it haute chick lit; Palmer's prose is sharp, her characters are solid and her narrative is laced with moments of graceful sentiment."
Palmer's third novel, A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents will be published in January 2010.
Palmer currently lives in Los Angeles and is hard at work on her next novel as well as several film and television projects.
Top Customer Reviews
This book was incredible, not just because of the subject, but how she writes. It was a conversation (thus the title), you followed every train of thought that "Maggie" had, and Palmer did not skip one detail. I was floored reading this and how accurate it was FOR ME as a person. Shopping in the notorious "women's section" is hard enough, especially when you think you are going through all of these emotions by yourself. How she handles herself was so truthful. I believe that this book has and will continue to break down barriers that overweight individuals set up for themselves.
I disagree with the reviews that say that Maggie's last act with Olivia was vindictive -- and that she should have taken the high road... My first question is WHY should she do that... Olivia was pretty abusive from page one, and why should her behavior go unchecked. People treat you the way you teach them to treat you. It is often said that there are no victims - only volunteers in these situations, and I do not see Maggie's act as vindictive ... I see it first as empowering to herself - and I think she did it not out of a spirit of revenge - but to remind Olivia not only of who she was - not in a physical sense, but in a physical sense. Maggie was reminding her that there was a time when they were really friends - and they really loved each other.
I think that while there is a love interest in this book, it really is a love story between friends - and what it is like to lose that. I also think it is a book about empowerment, and how Maggie took back her life - and discovered it was worth living
However, I had some issues with the book that combined with the lack of a real ending made it somewhat disappointing.
First of all, the book strayed far from the premise of Maggie being by her formerly-large-and-now-size-2 friend Olivia's side, and rather went on in an almost droning way about a crush she had on a guy that was turning in to something. One minute she was upset that it wasn't moving quickly enough, the next minute she wasn't sure if she could see him as a real man anyway.
Also regarding her life in general, you just don't rent even a studio apartment let alone a house (even a small one) in southern California making minimum wage. I know it's just a book, and fiction, but that is a really big part of her life -- being single and on her own and working at the coffee house instead of using her master's and the issues she had with that as she went thru a period of self discovery -- and it is not even humanly possible to live like that out there. Her parents were not helping her, either, as I told myself may be the case, and we find out toward the end.
Also, a maid of honor sits at the head table, not at a far-away table while someone else sits at the head table in her place. Period. I can't believe she would not confront her friend about the whole Table 9 thing. I understand that the slide show was supposed to be the "revenge", and that was clever, but by that point she should have not even showed up, because she wasn't the maid of honor, even though her friend might not have come out and said it. We never find out why her friend begged her up until the end to stay by her, yet chose to not have her sit at the head table.Read more ›
With her move to her cute new cottage, Maggie begins to face the changes and take charge of her life. That means calling about that internship at the museum and finally doing something about her crush on Domenic, the dishwasher at the café. It also means facing the fact that, Olivia, her Best Friend Forever might not be the best of friends anymore.
Conversations with the Fat Girl is one of those books that you won't want to put down. Palmer's style is relaxed and easy-going-just like a chat with a good friend. Her voice is witty and honest-and, at times, cynical and just plain sad. Maggie is such a loveable and realistic character that you'll instantly get caught up in her story-and you'll be able to relate, no matter what your size. You'll laugh with her, you'll commiserate with her, and you'll cheer her on from the first page to the last. The story may not be entirely original or unpredictable, but it's so truthful and well-written that none of that matters. It's a powerful novel that will make you laugh while challenging you to take a look at your own life, too. It'll inspire you and entertain you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am coming late to this book and though I have some strong objections to parts of it, I read it all the way through and enjoyed it as I went along. Hence 3 stars vs fewer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Claire
Probably a good read for a teenager. I found it a bit superficial.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I wasn't sure I would like this book,sometimes tilts like that are off putting. It was hard to read at times because the main character kept allowing so many people o take... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
Loved it and would definitely recommend it. Worth the read. I really enjoyed the writing style. Kept me wanting to turn thempage.Published 10 months ago by Janice Coleman
Read this years ago, but still love it. Vibrant, smart, witty. Still love it.Published 13 months ago by Maia
I read this book as a teenager years ago and it made me feel really good. Reading a book about a character with weight anxieties was refreshing and I enjoyed it from start to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Heather
So. Maggie is the eponymous "fat girl" in this story, although as others have pointed out we never do learn just how fat she was (something I... Read more
I have read every one of Liza's books, and I really can't decide which is my favorite. You absolutely cannot go wrong with any book written by her. She is amazing.Published 23 months ago by Nicole M. Sandoz
Enjoyed this book immensely. Light, fun read and worth it. Well written and great theme . I look forward to reading more from this author.Published on August 9, 2013 by gbash