Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Conversations With the Fat Girl
Everyone seems to be getting on with their lives except Maggie. At 27, shes 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 2 Cents:
How do you know when you've outgrown your best friend? It takes Maggie an awful long time to figure it out in this novel. She and Olivia had promised as children to be in each other's weddings- the problem is that Olivia has had gastric bypass surgery, totally reinvented her life, and is treating Maggie like dirt because she doesn't want any reminders of her life as a big girl. Maggie, on the other hand, is trying to salvage the friendship, kickstart her own happily ever after, and get a 'grown up' job. She has support from her mother and sister, and finally comes to some big realizations at the end of the book. The vengeful part of me especially loved the wedding rehearsal dinner.
Total thumbs up for this one! It is possible to be a big girl and have a happy life, and Liza Palmer does a good job getting her character to that frame of mind.