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review 2017-04-13 00:24
The F Word/Liza Palmer
The F Word - Liza Palmer

Olivia Morten is perfect. Maybe her high-flying publicist job has taken over her life, but her clients are Los Angeles' hottest celebrities. Maybe her husband is never around, but he is a drop-dead-gorgeous, successful doctor. Maybe her friends are dumb, but they know how to look glamorous at a cocktail party. And maybe her past harbors an incredibly embarrassing secret, but no one remembers high school…right?

When Ben Dunn, Olivia’s high school arch nemesis and onetime crush, suddenly resurfaces, Olivia realizes how precarious all of her perfection is. As she finds herself dredging up long-suppressed memories from her past, she is forced to confront the most painful truth of all: maybe she used to be the fat girl, but she used to be happy, too.

 

How fun this book was! And it had a great message of self discovery and self love also.

 

This wasn't comedic enough for me to really call it a chick flick, but it was a light women's fiction read that, though fairly simple and a little predictable, was very pleasurable leisure reading and brought me a lot of enjoyment.

 

Olivia's relationship with herself is something that a lot of us can relate to. She's been suppressing "Fat Liv" for many years and seeing how this interacts with "New Liv" is intriguing. She's putting on a facade for so many people, even her husband, and her realisations about how she treats other people are intriguing.

 

I would have liked to have seen more of how she lost her weight. She talks about having surgery scars, but she also puts a lot of effort into her diet and into going to the gym, so she made some lifestyle changes too. It's interesting to see how this doesn't affect her life terribly much. I did adore her commentary about noticing people on first dates because the girls would eat a lot to show they were low maintenance.

 

I also appreciated how she had anxiety and suffers from a severe panic attack--this is something I'd like to see more of in books. It fit in with Olivia's character and gave her more merit for being as strong as she is.

 

I adored Caroline Lang, the celebrity of the book whose life is falling apart in a way that greatly parallels Olivia's. Seeing Olivia do her publicity magic was really interesting; she and her assistant had a great grasp of how the public viewed events and how they could effectively turn this around.

 

This was a fabulous light read and I highly recommend it.

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-04-01 15:00
Disappointing Follow Up to Conversations With a Fat Girl
The F Word - Liza Palmer

Please note that I received this book via Goodreads Giveaway. Also note that this will have spoilers from Conversations With The Fat Girl.

 

Well. That happened. I have been so excited about the follow up to "Conversations With The Fat Girl" that I kept checking my mail everyday. I finished this yesterday and needed some time to put my thoughts together. "The F Word" focuses on Olivia Marten that readers were introduced to in the prior book. It's been ten years since Olivia's wedding and she's content with her marriage to her husband Adam. When she runs into a high school crush (Ben Dunne) Olivia is thrown since the old her she kept hidden is starting to bubble up again. Throw in some PR crisis with a A list actress Olivia feels everything‚Äč she has ever wanted is slipping away.

 

Honestly this book just fell down with regards to Olivia. We got to see how she acted with Maggie in the prior book and she was nasty and a liar. When Maggie at the reception the day before the wedding blew up Olivia's world you would think there would be repercussions for that. Instead nothing besides her wedding was great is mentioned. There's no mention of Olivia's friends from her time in DC. And there's a throwaway line about a former best friend she used to know. If the book had ended with some acknowledgement of how Olivia hid her life from her husband and herself I would have given it five stars. Instead, Palmer turns this book into everything is Adam's fault with no introspection about how Olivia refused to allow the real her out as an issue and a ridiculous shallow love interest. And the book seems to slam everyone on how they view women (smart, gorgeous, think, fat, etc) which to me isn't a get out of jail free card for your actions.

 

I think I laughed one time while reading when Olivia realizes that she and Adam are terrible people. Yeah. You both are. 

 

Other characters are not developed very well.

 

Palmer rewrites how Olivia and Adam met. And in the ten years since their wedding he turned from a robot who wouldn't even share the same bed with her to a man that is affectionately dismissive and who due to Olivia's hangups about her body is having affairs. I really wish Palmer had them have an honest conversation. Go to couple's therapy. Something. Shoot have her get in touch with Maggie.

 

The writing was okay. I didn't get blown away by anything. The book started to feel like a chore after reading for a while. I was just not engaged at all. 

 

The book ending was not realistic to me especially since it reads as if Olivia is just trading one man in for another. 

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text 2017-03-31 17:30
Reading progress update: I've read 288 out of 288 pages.
The F Word - Liza Palmer

Sorry, was not feeling this one at all unlike Conversations With the Fat Girl. Maybe because Palmer rewrote Olivia and Adam's story that it doesn't make sense 10 years later Olivia is all of a sudden shocked about their marriage and how terrible they both are. There's a weird romance that doesn't ring true happening in this book as well and it just doesn't work.

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text 2017-03-31 16:43
Reading progress update: I've read 236 out of 288 pages.
The F Word - Liza Palmer

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text 2017-03-31 16:11
Reading progress update: I've read 175 out of 288 pages.
The F Word - Liza Palmer

Palmer completely changed the backstory of how Olivia and Adam met. This book is driving me bonkers right now. There has been zero mention of Maggie at all besides a throwaway line about her former best friend at the beginning. There has been no mention of her wedding day and former friends in DC either. This book is losing a ton of points with me. 

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