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The F Word

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  881 ratings  ·  157 reviews
At once a funny, whip-smart sendup of Los Angeles culture and an irresistible love story, internationally bestselling author Liza Palmer's The F Word is a novel about how sometimes who we become isn't who we really are.

We re all pushing some version of the life we want you to believe. It s all just PR.

Olivia Morten is perfect. Maybe her high-flying publicist job
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Flatiron Books
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Obsidian No this is not a young adult book.
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Elyse  Walters
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Library ebook ....overdrive download:

I was expecting this to be a light fun read. I suppose it does fall into the comic/tragic genre....
which it was more 'comic' .....than 'tragic'.....for me....
but the topic is one that 'might' be a trigger for overweight women - or anyone who has once been overweight...(severely) .... but isn't any longer.

The main character has been married for 10 years. She is thin. She has sex with her husband..... but he has never seen her completely naked. What he does
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TheBibliotheque ♡
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
"No matter how much weight I lost, I realized I never learned how to simply look at my naked body. Just look at it. Not glance at it, or wince at it. Not pick it apart or judge it. Not groan at it or berate it. Just simply look at it. I am an expert in focusing only on what I perceive to be grotesque and I can target a single flaw with the sterile ruthlessness of an assassin's bullet. So, when I think about walking into those communal showers utterly nude, I can only laugh."

So much potential...
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Obsidian
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 cont
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Myleik
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This summer I was on the hunt for a mindless page-turner and that's exactly what this was. I really enjoyed it. Finished in two days!
Robin Morgan
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-own-books
I’d received an ARC [Advanced Reader’s Copy] print of this book from the author’s publisher through a giveaway they had on GoodReads, and the following is my honest opinion.

How many of you reading this review have hoped that you could be, no matter how small, better looking than you are currently are; hoped for a drop-dead-gorgeous husband with a wonderfully professional; hoped for friends with some form of intelligence. Quite a few? Right !!!

If you happen to fit into one of the above categorie
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♥Booklish Reviews♥
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Release date: April 25, 2016
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First off, let me say this book is for all the ladies who cringe when reminded of their high school experience. (And I'm not talking "cringe" at the high school fashion either.) This is for every woman who wanted the "it guy" or was told she was "too fat" and mocked and ridiculed.
That's right.
This one's for you, boo.


Without knowing it, Liza Palmer has created a manual that every man (and woman) should be REQUIRED to read before stepping foot
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Brie
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest.

I would say it is 3 and 1/2 stars. It is chick lit and it does have a few clunky moments. The writing could have been smoother. It was an interesting story though not one that I could relate to in any way. Not a bad read overall.
Tiffany Reads
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
"What I didn't tell Brenda is that I know. I've known it all along. And not just about this last woman Adam is cheating on me with. I've known about all of them. I just didn't want anyone else to know."

Olivia in a way was like most women that are in a marriage with a partner that plays the part but really isn't in the game anymore. She begins to do a ton of self-reflection after running into someone from high school and we see her go on a journey to figure out if her new and improved image is tr
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The Caffeinated Scribbler
Review originally posted on Cuppa Novels

I’m not sure what made me decide to download this book from the BK Library, but I’m glad I did. It’s good to read books outside our comfort zones. The F Word was interesting. I disliked the voice of the main character, didn’t agree with majority of said character’s viewpoints, but loved being immersed in Liza Palmer’s world.

The F Word follows Olivia Morten, a successful publicist working in LA with a glamorous life. Or so everyone else thinks. Her husband
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Amy
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
The "F" word in question here is not the one you might expect, nor is there only one. In fact, the title of this book very well could be The F Words.

Olivia Morten is a successful Hollywood publicist and is married to a gorgeous, successful E.R. doctor. They live in a beautiful home, drive beautiful cars, and have beautiful friends. She's living the dream, isn't she?

Over the course of a few months, though, Olivia realizes that her life is far from a show piece. For one thing, there is a fact from
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Eva • All Books Considered
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 3.5 STARS

I started off not loving this one - so many #firstworldproblems - because I just couldn't connect to the story or the characters. But, about half way through, we got a better sense of Olivia and I appreciated her dimensions. What didn't work for me in this book were the descriptions of Olivia's job (she does PR for celebrities) because I seriously didn't care; I didn't care about uber famous actors and their petty shit and I could no
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Melanie Page
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fat-characters
The F Word has a description that starts like so many women’s fiction novels: Olivia Morten is a perfect woman, size two, and totally kickass at work, where she managers the images of celebrities. That famous actor in the superhero movie? She keeps it secret that he got drunk in public. The pretty actress everyone loves to hate is now getting divorced? Olivia figures out how to make that actress relatable so the public doesn’t think she deserves to be cheated on by her husband. Speaking of husba ...more
AngryGreyCat
May 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
The F Word here is not what you think, it is fat. Apparently, there was a book prior to this one and perhaps if I would have read it I would have more understanding of the background of the characters. As it was, I read this as a standalone. This is a basic chick lit novel, attempting to elevate itself by including issues of self-image, the treatment of fat people, particularly women, bullying, infidelity, and women’s struggle to “have it all”. – Spoiler Alert –

Basically, Olivia was once the fat
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Arielle
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
So am I supposed to believe (spoiler alert) it took 10 years for Olivia Morten to realize her life is a lie? The same Olivia Morten we met in Conversations With the Fat Girl, for whom appearances were worth blowing up everything else? Nuh-uh.
It would be one thing if (more spoilers) Adam's extra-curricular activities had come as a surprise. But, no. She knew, and had known for the entire time they were together. The idea that he'd get it out of his system, then they'd have kids and all would be w
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Isabel
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There's the truth and there's the lie that people want to believe." I really enjoyed this book. Felt like a John Hughes movie to me. I can still hear secret garden playing in my mind. Did I want to throttle Olivia? Hell yes. Did I want to tell her she deserved better and she was crazy? I sure did but I kept reading and it all worked out the way I needed it. I needed this book today, this week, this month.
Faye Arcand
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liza Palmer has penned an in your head rollercoaster ride about a former fat girl who "succeeds" in life. The book was fast paced, easy to read, and thought provoking.
I read this book as a stand alone (I've now found out that there was a previous book with the same characters). Doesn't matter. For me the book resonated with the truths, pain, and self loathing that some feel when they've yet to find themselves.
She seems to have it all--great job, money, handsome hubby--but in reality has lost he
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Erika Santoro
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had such a blast reading this book. No, you aren't sensing sarcasm! I continued to laugh out loud because Olivia Morten's character is purely hysterical. It's not all fun and games in Olivia's world  though, she has recently been struggling with her past after creating a new life for herself over the past 10 years. Why is this happening to Olivia? Could it be the run in with her high school nemesis/crush? Or is this something more internal?...

The was this book was written was so easy to read.
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Karen
I read this book for the trim the backlist challenge.

I did not realize this was a sequel to another book. That said, this read as a stand alone for me. As a fat girl all my life, I appreciate a writer who identifies the feelings that go along with that. I know people who have lost all the weight and still identify as the fat girl so that aspect reads true. The con to the story for me was that there is so much internal dialogue. It feels like a lot of info dump and doesn't fell like it moves the
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Kim
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I usually love Liza Palmer novels. I appreciate her heroines, who are often not easy to love, who aren't afraid of showing their frustrating sides. This is also true for The F Word. However, the build up of her impromptu reunion with Ben Dunn and what happens later doesn't really live up to the promise. The story itself is page-turning, but the ending is so abrupt...I felt like I'd missed something, so I re-read the last few chapters, and still had that feeling.

Julia Fierro
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book so much. Fun, entertaining, but also a meaningful examination of what it means to be a woman, particularly in LA's image-obsessed culture. I can't wait to read more of Palmer's work. She is an important and authentic literary voice.
Marie
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I've had this to-read for a while now and have always been curious about the average 3-star rating. I rarely (if never) read reviews prior to writing my own but I really wanted to see why this was so low. Surprisingly (because some of y'all can be brutal), most ratings were fair. Personally, I liked this book and would give it a 3.5 if I could. I love finding humor in dark situations and the author made me laugh while showing the main character, Olivia, going through a pretty serious time in her ...more
Sarah
Apr 05, 2017 added it
I think I need to rewrite Conversations now. Liza's books are the best, though.
Aura
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: chiclit, beach-read
I took this book to the beach today and enjoyed this light chic lit story. Olivia, a heavy girl in high school, now in her twenties loses the weight and seemingly has a successful life with career and a good looking doctor husband. However, losing the weight was only part of the transformation, Olivia has to deal with her "fat girl" inside. Enjoyable fast light beach read.
Georgia Clark
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liza Palmer is a road warrior of contemporary fiction.
Susan
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Liza Palmer is one of my favorite women’s fiction authors. Lately, unfortunately, a lot of the quirkiness that made books like Nowhere But Home and A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents so rewarding has been exorcised from her writing. From the minute former fat girl turned skinny, successful publicist Olivia Morten runs into her old nemesis/crush Ben Dunn in the first chapter of The F Word, you know that the careful facade she has constructed for the past twenty years will crack like an eggshel ...more
David
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
“There’s the truth and then there’s the lie that people want to believe…”

Olivia Morten is an LA Publicist whose life would appear to be perfect. She has a perfect job, a perfect husband, and to all appearances, everything has taken a complete 180 from her days as an overweight girl in the local high school. Then one day she runs into Ben, an old crush from her fat days who forces her to question her transformation into this “new and improved” Olivia. This one meeting starts a snowball effect in
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Rhonda Lomazow
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A delicious smart novel full of laughs a novel that draws you into LA.The land of perfect bodies constant pressure to be beautiful.
Courtney
Jun 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Is this book about something? I'm 56 pages in and this is the first page that suggests that this book has anything resembling a plot. I'm so bored that I'm not continuing to find out.

On pages 42-43, I did enjoy the description of Olivia unplugging her phone from the downstairs charger to then plug it into the upstairs charger. Scintillating prose.

Total love/hate relationship with this author, but way more hate than love lately.
Sheilah
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It was fun and mostly honest. Some lines really resonate. However, my question is this: could Olivia’s ending been just as rewarding if it had gone in a different direction?
Selena
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved, Loved, Loved this book. Book that makes you look back at your years in High School. Makes you think about what you did that might have impacted others or what was done to you that impacted your life after High School. Beautiful writing, heart warming, some sadness and a ton of humor. Great read.
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