Down and Out in Bugtussle: The Mad Fat Road to Happiness

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New York Times bestselling author Stephanie McAfee delivers another irreverent, laugh-out-loud page-turner about the (mis)adventures of plus-size spitfire Graciela “Ace” Jones.
 
With her fiancé now her ex- fiancé, Ace has hightailed it back to Bugtussle, Mississippi, and back to her Gramma Jones’s house. Her best friends, Lilly and Chloe, are delighted she’s back, but ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie McAfee delivers another irreverent, laugh-out-loud page-turner about the (mis)adventures of plus-size spitfire Graciela “Ace” Jones.
 
With her fiancé now her ex- fiancé, Ace has hightailed it back to Bugtussle, Mississippi, and back to her Gramma Jones’s house. Her best friends, Lilly and Chloe, are delighted she’s back, but Ace still has some challenges ahead of her.
 
For one thing, her replacement as Bugtussle High School’s art teacher, Cameron Becker, refuses to vacate the position. So Ace is stuck working as a substitute teacher while harboring fantasies of running Miss Becker out of town. On top of that, Lilly and Chloe are obsessed with setting her up on less-than-romantic blind dates—even though all she wants is a break from her pitiful love life.
 
To ease her troubled mind, Ace resolves to restore her grandmother’s gardens to their former glory. But in the well-worn gardening book she’s dug out of her grandmother’s attic there are a series of suspicious notes that indicate her grandmother may have had a special someone in her past. Now, with her faithful chiweenie, Buster Loo, by her side, Ace is determined to get to the bottom of her grandmother’s secret life, all the while hoping her own life isn’t about to implode....

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"Southern-fried Janet Evanovich"—Booklist

"Ace Jones is my kind of girl."—Sophie Littlefield, Author of A Bad Day for Scandal

"Ace Jones is a hoot!"—Wendy Wax, Author of Ocean Beach

"A wildcat Southern version of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum."—Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451239907
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 640,104
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

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    Anyone who fell in love with Diary of a Mad Fat Girl and the fol

    Anyone who fell in love with Diary of a Mad Fat Girl and the follow-up, Happily Ever Madder, will be jumping for joy about this new release. The fun, the friends - everything is back as we once again meet up with our favorite character, Ace Jones.




    Now that the fiancé has been left behind, Ace is headed back to Bugtussle, Mississippi, taking solace in the fact that she’s back in the world where she’s always felt safe. Living in Gramma Jones’ house, Ace wants to lick a wound or two, and find a new path. But it seems that many things are standing in her way.




    When it comes to the job front, the art teacher who took over Ace’s position when she left is more than a bit annoying. She has no interest in vacating the position to allow Ace to retake her former place. This sends Ace down the school’s staff food chain a wee bit, landing her with the position of substitute teacher. All Ace can really think about is how to make Miss Becker get the heck out of dodge so she can have her job back.




    As far as friends go, Chloe and Lilly (the best fiends a girl could ever have, by the way), are working on bringing Ace out of her newly-formed shell. They want her to start dating again and get back into the world of romance; but the last thing Ace wants to do is deal with her love life.




    So, to forget the ‘man factor,’ Ace begins a do-it-yourself project to keep her mind engaged. This comes in the form of restoring her grandmother’s once amazing gardens. Yet, when Ace finds a gardening book stuffed with notes that indicate Gramma had a beau, Ace throws herself into the mystery. This way, she can keep her mind on a puzzle, stay away from the blind dates her friends are begging to set her up on, and basically heal herself by looking into a mysterious past.




    They’re all back and more fun than ever. Even the little chiweenie, Buster Loo, is still standing by Ace’s side, and fans will have an absolute ball.




    Quill says: Ace Jones will always be that girl who reminds us of ourselves, and shows us that you’re never really alone when you’re with Me, Myself, and I.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2014

    Stephanie McAfee will keep you laughing with the adventures of A

    Stephanie McAfee will keep you laughing with the adventures of Ace and her amazing sense of humor!  I always love reading
    Stephanie's books and look forward to the next book.  She reminds me of Jennifer Crusie is her early days.  

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    Enjoyable read!

    First time read for this author but I thought her books were great. Funny too.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Boy should you check this series out!!

    This series is one of the funniest, down-to-earth...I know exactly what she is going through kind of series!! I highly recommend it to all the girlfriends out there, all the mad fat girls, AND to all the I'm in love with one of the mfg's out there!!
    Stephanie McAfee knows the heart of women out there! As a former substitute teacher, she really hit it on the head with her honest account of how children really are in the classroom!
    Love this book!! Ready for the next one!

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Love this series!

    Love this book! Love this series!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

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    Ace Jones is back!!!! I love the Buggtussle trilogy, can't wait, and hope there is a forth book. Great read, start with first book Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, and you will be hooked.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    Ace moves back to Bugtussle, Mississippi after realizing her dre

    Ace moves back to Bugtussle, Mississippi after realizing her dream life in Florida isn’t all so dreamy.  Reconnecting with her best friends Lilly and Chloe is the easy part, getting her job as an art teacher back at the high school is not as easy.  She accepts a job as a substitute teacher to keep an eye on Cameron, the beautiful woman who has her old job. 




    After moving into her Gramma’s old house she finds her gardening books along with some secrets.  Ace decides to get to the truth about her Gramma’s life and figure out the secrets.




    Throughout the novel Ace finds herself in so many laughable and somewhat shocking situations.  Her co-substitute teacher Stacey seems to be involved in many such schemes and situations.   They find themselves running away from fires, going to 80’s rock band concerts, and my favorite, the almost ar fight.  Ace is a hysterical and real character.  I wish I had a friend like her.  She is the most loyal to all her friends and is quick to make new friends. 




    I found Down and Out in Bugtussle to be perfect for when I was sitting on the beach.  I laughed out loud many times and could not stop reading.  I will certainly share this novel with all my fellow readers.

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  • Posted July 20, 2013

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    Ace Jones was living her dream life in Florida with the perfect

    Ace Jones was living her dream life in Florida with the perfect job and perfect man. She realized her dream was more of a nightmare and decided to move into her deceased grandmother’s house in Bugtussele, Mississippi. Ace was working as a substitute teacher in hopes of getting her art teacher job back from the new flirty teacher Cameron. But Cameron was not willing to give up her job so easily. Ace was a firecracker and having a ball with her teacher friends. She was also following in her grandmother’s foot steps and began to go through gardening books. Ace found more than plant info in the books and tried to unlock the secrets in the pages, all while trying to help her friends who are in desperate need of comforting.

    DOWN AND OUT IN BUGTUSSLE was a hilarious read. The characters in the book are just that characters. Her substitute friend Stacey was stuck in the 80′s with her IROC- Z28 and poison tapes. Her other friends Lily and Chloe have a bit of drama in their lives. The book seems to have a few stories going on at one time, but they all flow smoothly. I enjoyed the sassy, crude humor that comes from Ace. You will find yourself laughing out loud at the things she says. After reading this book you will want to hop on over to Bugtussle and round up a few of these girls to hang out with. A truly enjoyable read!

    Rating: 4.5

    Heat rating: Mild

    Reviewed By: Rae

    Courtesy of My Book Addiction And More

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

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    Graciella ¿Ace¿ Jones is back in town, that is Bugtussle, Missis

    Graciella “Ace” Jones is back in town, that is Bugtussle, Mississippi.  She’s left the man she thought was her future all-consuming love and now has to work as a substitute teacher.  She’s hoping to be restored to her art teacher status, but Cameron Becker, a first year teacher, has that spot firmly rooted in spite of the fact she’s a disaster as a teacher.  Ace’s friend Chloe is supporting Ace’s desire to work as a full-time art teacher, but the baggage of the past is clogging the plan.  Ace is an off-beat character, at least she thinks so until she meets another new teacher, Stacey Dewberry, who seems certifiably crazy, that is until Ace gets to know her better and a friendship forms.  Crazy and funny galore define these two teachers who manage to survive the sub-teacher-hateful antics of students at Bugtussle High School!




    Ace, and her beloved dog, Buster Loo, has moved back into her Gramma Jones’ home where she discovers her grandmother’s flower book with some interesting sticky notes specifically aligned next to certain flowers, a poignant secret leading to one even more shocking and emotional.  But that doesn’t come until much later.  For now, there are plots afoot at the high school to help Ace in her employment quest, but then suddenly the tide has turned as Chloe has her own problems to deal with on the romance side.  Add to that Chloe’s love, Dax, is being called to serve in the military, probably in Afghanistan.  It’s crisis time for Chloe who has a secret she doesn’t want Dax to learn unless he tells her she means more to him than a live-in love machine.




    Meanwhile, Ace goes on several disastrous blind date which are absolutely hilarious because of the way she describes them, probably not so in reality.  Yes, her weight is a definite problem but she’s confident enough in herself that it doesn’t overly concern her.  But romance she will find, when least expected, and it is that which changes her dreams, attitude, and future.  It parallels the garden she is planting at home, establishing her own flowers with very specific meanings for the reader to discover.




    Stephanie McAfee is a hoot!  She knows exactly how to present very, very funny scenes, crisis-laden scenarios, and tender moments of support and love that constantly and consistently engage the reader on every page.  




    Down and Out in Bugtussle… is a great, fun, tender read!  Enjoy!

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    Posted November 25, 2013

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