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. Maggie’s roommate? Her dog Solo (his name says it all). 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 as a bus boy.
I really enjoyed Conversations With the Fat Girl and found myself quite invested in Maggie, the 26 year old woman who’s been overweight her whole life and works at a coffee shop despite her education. This book touches on a range of issues that effect many people — weight, self esteem, the pursuit of happiness, childhood bullying, changing friendships, family dynamics…
I found the book dealt with all of these issues well and with some humour, which is something I love. The story was a bit predictable, but that was fine because there were so many touching moments and sparkles of self realization. It was a cozy read with someone who is learning about themselves and deciding what she wants for herself — and I loved watching Maggie figure it out. So many of us can probably relate on some level.
Maggie’s friendship with Olivia, her best friend from childhood who has had gastric bypass and is now engaged presented the perfect foil for the themes of the book. And the other employees at the coffee shop were fantastic in their supporting roles.
Overall, a nice, light, feel good read that has many relatable moments and lovely, engaging writing.
Thank you to Netgalley and Warner Books for the review copy.