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Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by: April Book provided by: Publisher Review originally

Reviewed by: April
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book




Happily Ever Madder is an excellent story that combines tons of humor, fun and emotions. I guarantee that you will laugh, cry, squeal and shake your head in exasperation.

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Reviewed by: April
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book




Happily Ever Madder is an excellent story that combines tons of humor, fun and emotions. I guarantee that you will laugh, cry, squeal and shake your head in exasperation.




I had previously read Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, which is the book that comes before this one (though they can be read as stand-alones, it adds an extra understanding and depth if you read Diary of a Mad Fat Girl first) and absolutely loved it! Ace Jones is such a hoot and I could not help but fall in love with her and her sassiness and guts! She has such a strong self-worth and isn’t afraid to let someone have it if they tick her off. All I can saw is that there is nothing not to love about this character.




In Happily Ever Madder, we get to delve into Ace’s new life with her fiance and the love of her life since she was eleven-years-old, Mason. They have settled into their new lives in Pelican Cove, Florida, Ace has her very own art gallery where she can spend her days doing what she loves – painting – and planning the wedding of her dreams. All should be perfect, but it isn’t. The dreams that Ace had always imagined coming true, have, yet they are not as wonderful as she had envisioned. She misses her friends back in Bugtussle, she has a craggy old lady with a stick up her tush who will do anything to make her life miserable stalking her, Mason is always gone at work and she misses teaching. It’s a good thing for her devoted chiweenie Buster Loo and a rockin new group of friends that she had made in Pelican Cove, or Hurricane Ace would probably wipe out the town.




I think that one of the things that draws me to both Happily Ever Madder and Diary of a Mad Fat Girl is the writing style of Stephanie McAfee. She writes in such a no-holds-barred way that I cannot help but be wrapped up within the story and the characters. Her writing style is simply “in your face” hilarious and would more than likely offend the easily offended. I, however, love it and found myself laughing out loud several times. I could not help but be endeared to Ace – she is sassy and holds nothing back, yet there is a soft and slightly insecure side to her that tugged at my heart. The secondary characters are just as lively and vivid as well. I found myself hooked on Ace’s new group of friends consisting of Jalena, Tia, Olivia and Avery – I had a particular fondness for Jalena who has went through men like water, but still holds out hope of finding that one special guy.




As for the relationship between Ace and Mason, I went very back and forth with this one. I loved Mason and thought they were a great couple, however the tension and torment of his long hours and all-consuming job as a Real Estate Lawyer add a lot of strain. His devotion to Ace is utterly sweet and their chemistry is good, though not mind-blowing. Of course there is a little bump in the road with a certain hunky sex God on two legs…




I finished reading Happily Ever Madder with tears and am dying to read the next book in the series. The ending is the perfect cliff hanger ending and left me with my mouth wide-open for the simple fact that I could not believe that Ms. McAfee would conclude in such a way that left me dying to know what happens next! Ace is the perfect Southern sassy gal with real life problems and very creative ideas on how to deal with her problems. I highly recommend Happily Ever Madder to anyone looking for the perfect sassy Southern girl book that will have you rolling with laughter and your heart tugging with emotion. Stephanie McAfee is a supreme talent and one of my favorite authors!

posted by RtBBlog on January 22, 2013

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Very disappointing, loved the first book Diary of Mad Fat Girl.

Very disappointing, loved the first book Diary of Mad Fat Girl. However, it took a while for the story to start and the ending was a big letdown. Ace lost her likable qualities in this book. She turned into a ungrateful person.

posted by 9073855 on November 10, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Very disappointing in the ending

    Ace just seemed whiny in this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Very disappointing, loved the first book Diary of Mad Fat Girl.

    Very disappointing, loved the first book Diary of Mad Fat Girl. However, it took a while for the story to start and the ending was a big letdown. Ace lost her likable qualities in this book. She turned into a ungrateful person.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    Give Buster-Loo his own book and skip the rest of this! I re

    Give Buster-Loo his own book and skip the rest of this! I read the first novel, 'Diary,' a year or so ago after a friend recommended it: it was a hoot and a half where I found myself laughing out loud. So I was just angry with this--to the point I don't know that I will read the next installment. And with the way this ends, there has to be a next installment--even though I must admit that if this were the 'end' for Ace's story, I would not care. Here, the young woman you can laugh with, roll your eyes with, root for (when you're not wanting to slap some sense into her) in 'Diary' has been changed into a slovenly, largely drunk, loud-mouthed slob who spends the entire book whining about her life (a life she has chosen) and jeopardizing the love of a man who has stood by her ridiculous antics for their entire lives. Really? A guy like this (smart, educated, gorgeous, trying hard to be a success, so granted, a bit of a workaholic) who indulges her every whim (such as financially and morally supporting her failing gallery venture) is going to put up with this kind of incredible stupidity? Ace displays the maturity level of a 15 year through most of this chaos--and the characters we really liked from this first book are largely absent. Why anyone in this would care about what Ace does, where she goes, is beyond me. I found myself just recoiling from everything she did, said, thought. However, I realize that may very well be the point: to show Ace 'falling off the deep end' and throwing what should be a new chapter of her life into total chaos due to her total inability to behave like a grown-up. BUT I find this just goes too far; instead of cheering for Ace to get back on track, I just ended up disliking her to the point of loathing. So why two stars here? Buster Loo continues to be a charming, Chiweenie. The dog is a doll.

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