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Diary of a Mad Fat Girl

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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 three years too late. Ace is never mad, though, at her near-constant companion, an adorable chiweenie dog named Buster Loo.

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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 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.

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.

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Library Journal
Meet Graciela "Ace" Jones, a wildcat Southern version of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, only Ace is a high school art teacher who disrupts the status quo in the quintessential small town of Bugtussle, MS. Depressed over her breakup with Mason, Ace is outraged and suspicious when her best friend and fellow teacher, Lilly Lane, cancels their annual spring break trip to the beaches of Panama City, FL. When Ace discovers that their mutual friend Chloe is battered by her unfaithful husband and that Lilly might lose her job at the high school because of her secret romantic liaison, all hell breaks loose in Bugtussle. Ace, Lilly, and Chloe become an intrepid sisterhood who embark on a nonstop crusade of righting wrongs, which entails breaking and entering, exposing illicit affairs, dressing as drag queens, and tarnishing the reputations of some of the town's golden people. VERDICT In her hilarious debut novel, McAfee has skillfully fashioned Ace as the Southern ironed-fisted maiden, minus the velvet glove, and swathed her story with humor, romance, and intrigue. Highly recommended for chick-lit readers. [A surprise best seller as a self-published ebook, the novel has been revised and expanded in this print edition.—Ed.]—Mary Ellen Rutledge Elsbernd, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
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"In her hilarious debut novel, McAfee has skillfully fashioned Ace as the Southern ironed-fisted maiden, minus the velvet glove, and swathed her story with humor, romance, and intrigue." —-Library Journal Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451236494
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 453,964
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Q: Diary Of A Mad Fat Girl is your debut novel. How long have you been writing? What was your inspiration for this novel?

A: I've had the idea to write a book for some time, but didn't get serious about it until March of 2010 when I started writing Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. As for inspiration, I just wanted to write a hysterically funny story to which normal people could relate.

Q: You originally self-published your novel as an e-book in 2010 and it became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. What was your reaction to the success of your novel?

A: I'll be honest. Making the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists never crossed my mind. Not even as a remote possibility. I found out when a nice guy named Rick Wales posted a comment on the Diary Facebook page congratulating me on making the New York Times list. I read his comment and thought, "He must have me confused with someone." Just to be sure, I clicked on the link he posted and there it was. Trust me, no one on the planet could have possibly been more surprised by that than I was.

Q: Why did you choose to publish in an e-book format?

That's an easy answer: It was the only option I had at the time. I'd sent out some twenty-five query letters, all of which were politely rejected, so when I discovered how easy it was to self-publish I thought "Hey, why not give this a try?"

Q: What differences will readers experience with the new trade paperback edition versus the original e-book?

A: The new trade paperback is almost twice the size of the original e-book so there's a lot more in terms of plot, character, and craziness. I've added details about when Ace met Lilly as a child and how they didn't get along the first year they knew each other. There's more background on Ace's parents and her relationship with Mason in high school and college. There are more scenes featuring Ace's faithful canine companion, chiweenie Buster Loo. A big event and one of my favorite additions is when, after a major fallout with Mason, Ace goes on a few dates with "Biker Man" Tommy Compton. I also introduce three of Gloria Peacock's personal friends who will make appearances in the sequel.

I think fans of the original e-book will very much enjoy the revisions and I know they will appreciate the extensive professional editing. The basic storyline hasn't changed. Some areas have been toned down, others livened up. The new trade paperback offers a much deeper, more complete story.

Q: Describe protagonist Graciela "Ace" Jones. How did you come to create such a character? Where do you think her feistiness comes from?

A: Ace Jones is a chubby high school teacher who strongly dislikes her boss and is fed up with the warped politics that infest the small town of Bugtussle, Mississippi. She's fiercely loyal to her friends, but doesn't trust herself or her ex-boyfriend (who she refuses to speak to even though she's still madly in love with him and secretly longs for reconciliation). Her feistiness comes from her unwillingness to have things crammed down her throat and a seething frustration with the state of affairs in her life. She's always running her mouth when she'd be better off keeping it shut, but she is earnest in her pursuit of justice and reprisal.

Q: The power of friendship is a central theme in DIARY OF A MAD FAT GIRL as Ace and Lilly struggle to help their friend Chloe escape an abusive relationship. Why was this an important theme to write about?

A: It's all about who shows up when your choo-choo jumps the track. Simple as that.

Q: Buster Loo is Ace's trusty chiweenie canine companion throughout the novel. What exactly is a chiweenie? Is there a Buster Loo in your own life?

A: Absolutely! Señor Buster Loo Bluefeather is a tribute to my sweet little chiweenie, Baxter Mac. A chiweenie is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. Baxter Mac is a great little dog and he has been a comfort and joy to me through a lot of ups and downs.

Q: Are you excited to start meeting your fans? Is it possible for readers to meet you?

A: Yes! I'm heading out on a book tour starting February 7th and I can't wait to meet fans of Ace Jones! Readers can meet me at the Barnes & Noble in Pensacola, FL on February 18th at 1pm or they can check out my website (http://stephanie-mcafee.com/) for a list of other cities I will visit while on the road. And don't forget to find me on Facebook! (http://www.facebook.com/MadFatGirl)

Q: What's next for you? What's next for Ace Jones?

A: What's next for me is writing what's next for Ace Jones! In the next book, HAPPILY EVER MADDER (available Fall 2012) Ace and Buster Loo will be living with Mason in Pelican Cove, Florida, where she'll be working to get her art gallery off the ground while trying to plan a wedding. There will be adventures with friends old and new plus a devilish bunch of snobby old ladies that try to drive her crazy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    wasted 99 cents

    can you delete a nook book? spelling errors galore within less than 20 pages. if you feel the need to use that much profanity, then you totally lose my interest.

    43 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    Highly Recommended, this is the perfect pick me up book

    Just finished reading this and after I laughed my self sick, my second thought, OMG does this women know me?? Great job!

    26 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Fun -- but it would be much better without homophobic plotlines

    I thought this was a very fun, quick read by an author who has a lot of potential. It was bit predictable and at times, not believable. However, the author has a gift for humor and creating interesting characters.
    Maybe I live in a very open, accepting part of the country, but in this book, the portrayal of homosexual behavior and people's reactions to it seemed very negative to me. This book seemed to perpetuate the thinking that people who are gay or bisexual need to hide who they or they will be rejected by their families and society.
    Next time around, I'd love to see this author take on gay/bisexual behavior in a more positive way. I'm not gay by the way--I'm a straight ally. I admire the courage of my friends and family members who came out of the closet and live their lives openly gay. I love and accept them for who they are.

    21 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    LOL FUNNY

    LAUGHED OUT LOUD on all the sarcastic comments made throughout the book! Right on with the smalltown gossip and all the political pull. Good lifetime movie storylines and oddly familiar character personalities make for a very amusing read! An excellent read for those females who need to relieve stress or for those who want to wrap their hands around certain individuals necks to strangle the life out of. Hope Ace has more diaries!

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

    Great Book!

    The only negative thing I can say about this book is that it I wish there was more of it! I flew through it, and laughed out loud quite a few times. I will be looking forward to more from this author.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    inconsistent, far-fetched and sloppy

    Ace is angry and unlikeable. plot depends on too many coincidences and characters (far too many) are cartoony. lingerie models turned teacher, evil ugly principal, rich violent moustache twirling villain, hero ex who wants her back after doing nothing about it for three years. this book wants to be better than it is.

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Hilarious!

    Funny quick read. Laughed out loud!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    OK Read

    The main character was a bit irritating to me, she showed no respect for authority even though her arch enemy was a creep, so was she. This had a few good laughs but she needs a new editor, there was several mistakes in it which I find a bit distracting, I just expect an author to make complete sentences. I wouldn't really recommend this book.

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING!!

    I was drawn into the book and couldn't put it down. I was very amused and laughed throughout the book. Stephanie has created some very relatable characters!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2011

    HILLARIOUS!!!!

    In response to the person complaining about spelling errors and profanity... this book was really funny and Im sorry if your virgin ears had to read a naughty word, seriously... it was 99 cents' worth of laughing out loud at a person who you could really relate to. Her thoughts and feelings were like that of a real person, not like miss perfect who has never read a swear word...aka "wasted 99 cents reviewer" Anyways, I highly recommend this hillarious book!!! Worth every one of my 99 cents!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    One of my favorites

    One of my favorite books. The first time I read it I laughed out loud many times and almost wet my pants at one point. It is must read for big girls with a sense of humor. Don't read it if you can't handle strong language. It is a book I read whenever I need a good laugh. I hope the author writes another with the same characters. I would love to read about more of their adventures.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Fun

    I expected this book to be a fun chelsea handler style read. Instead i found fun characters in not so far stretched situations. The characters approach is not realistic but if i wanted realistic, i'd read a newspaper. I liked it and look forward to her next work.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Funny!

    This day and age, who doesnt need a good laugh?! This is the funniest book I have ever read. The characters have a realistic, could-be-talking-about-someone-you-know quality to them. Great, entertaining read. Highly recommend!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    This was a terribly written book with a plot and cast of charact

    This was a terribly written book with a plot and cast of characters that could have been created by a 4th grader. It's unbelievable, predictable and not even much fun to read. I appreciate light, funny, chick books but this book was a disaster. The book was riddled with spelling and grammatical errors and it seems more like a first draft than a well-edited novel. I never write reviews but this book was so bad I had to submit a review - it does NOT deserve the average 4 star rating it currently has.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Awesome!

    Great book! I guess some people were put off by her grammar, but who talks or thinks in proper english? I thought the book was fun and laugh out loud. Finally a character a fat girl can relate to. Frankly when I read I dont care if characters are oh so real, I read to escape real life. I am really looking forward to more from Stephanie McAfee!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Diary of a mad fat girl.

    Loved this book hope there is more.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Freaking Hilarious

    My kids were looking at me like I was off my rocker when I was reading this, because I kept laughing out loud. I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. Can't wait until her next book. I am a southern girl too, and I kept reading phrases that I actually use all the time. I don't know why you can't it in nook form at this time since that's what I had when I bought it. Read it if you want to laugh and you are not a prude.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2011

    Can you give less than 1 star?

    Lots of grammatical errors really turns me off. And this book has plenty of them. The catchy title drew me in, but I have to say that the book doesn't read at all like a diary. I suppose the mad fat girl part works. But all of the mad ramblings really started to depress me after a while.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Don't Waste your time or money

    Stupid people in stupid situations - nothing at all akin to the title. Don't waste your time.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Pass on this one...

    Very predictable, poorly written, riddled with typos. A very amatuer attempt.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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