Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Diary Of A Mad Fat Girl ... (who isn't me)

When I first saw the title of the book Diary of A Mad Fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee, my heart literally skipped a beat. As I was wearing a Holter monitor at the time, this moment was recorded for posterity on my medical charts. As part of my mind raced back over everyone I've known through the decades, trying to remember a Stephanie McAfee who might have had access to the underwear drawer where my diary once lay hidden, the sensible part of my mind (admittedly the smallest part) read the blurb on the book's Amazon page.
My heartbeat went back to normal as I read and realized that we were talking about a different mad fat girl. Whew.

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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 one year 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.

With a sharp and distinctive voice, Stephanie McAfee delivers a hilarious and fast-paced tale about Ace Jones and her two best friends-thick as thieves and tough as nails-navigating Southern small-town politics and prejudices, finding love, and standing up for each other all the way.

Although mad fat girls aren't exactly rare, I think we should stick together. So I bought the book. And was very glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride through Bugtussle, Mississippi with Ace and her friends. Enough so that I bought a map so I could find the place again when Ms. McAfee visits.

This book was written especially for anyone who's ever taken a deep breath and pulled up their big girl (2X white granny) panties and done what needing doing no matter what...for anyone who knows that friends come and go but best friends are worth fighting with and for anyone who enjoys sass and banter with a side order of justice all done with a charming Southern accent. If you've ever thought that "he was askin' for it" should be a valid trial defense and if you know the healing aspect of frozen peas you'll most likely enjoy this book as much as I did. Yes, there were some typos and errors. But, the book was so darned much fun to read that I didn't care. Much.

If you want to check out other "real women" who can't shop in the Junior section but walk through life with double chins held high and manage to take the world by the horns without caring whether the horns make their butt look big ... check out  Goodreads suggestions for other Fat Friendly Fiction for Curvy Women.

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