Thursday, March 8, 2012

Book review: Diary of a Mad Fat Girl

I was in the middle of reading a really serious book about the US government when Diary of a Mad Fat Girl arrived on my doorstep, and I happily put the serious book aside for a while and dove right in to Diary. Here’s the scoop about this book, from the publisher’s website:

Graciela "Ace" Jones is mad-mad at her best friend Lilly who cancels their annual trip to Panama City for mysterious reasons; at her boss Catherine for "riding her ass like a fat lady on a Rascal scooter;" at her friend Chloe's abusive husband; and especially at Mason McKenzie, the love of her life, who has shown up with a marriage proposal three years too late. Ace is never mad, though, at her near-constant companion, an adorable chiweenie dog named Buster Loo.
Ace's anger begins to dissipate as she takes matters into her own hands to take down Chloe's philandering husband-and to get to the bottom of a multitude of other scandals plaguing Bugtussle, Mississippi. Then, she starts to realize that maybe Mason deserves a second chance after all.
This book is really a lot of fun.  I loved the main character, Ace. She’s funny and brave and a bit crazy. Her love life is a mess, but is a very entertaining mess.  Best of all, she’s a fiercely loyal friend who will do anything to protect those she loves. 

The plot of this book is entertaining and moves along quickly as Ace tries to figure out things in her own life, while also helping her friends as they deal with some pretty major life issues. 

This book does contain some language (PG-13ish) and references sex, but nothing is explicit.  All in all, I thought it was a well-written, fun read and I enjoyed getting to know the characters and reading about their adventures. I hope Stephanie McAfee has more books for us in the future! 

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