Diary of a Mad Fat Girl

Diary of a Mad Fat Girl

by Stephanie McAfee


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451236494
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stephanie McAfee was born in Mississippi, and she now lives in Florida with her husband, young son, and chiweenie dog.

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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


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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Diary of a Mad Fat Girl 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2114 reviews.
SaritaM More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this and after I laughed my self sick, my second thought, OMG does this women know me?? Great job!
1HAIRSTYLIST More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JerseyGirlpvh More than 1 year ago
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.
Robyn Thomas More than 1 year ago
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.
Kellie Garrett More than 1 year ago
Funny quick read. Laughed out loud!
SimpleGirl More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Nichole Greenwood More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where was the editor before this book went to press?? This is a funny, fast read and would have been much more enjoyable if there weren't so many mistakes in the editing. This made the reading very frustrating.
Ms_BookWormChic More than 1 year ago
I admit I passed this book up about a few times before I clicked on to read the reviews. I read the reviews and was surprised that this book had a lot of great reviews so I said why the heck not its only .99. Let's just say I have found a new favorite. This book is down right one of the most funniest books I read in a long time and I read A LOT. You would get a kick out of the main character's, Ace, humorous insight and outspoken way that tends to get her into jams. I found myself laughing during the whole book. She is hilarious! I would recommend this book to those who want a good laugh and a quick read. I hope that this author makes more books because she gained a new fan!
Maria Romano More than 1 year ago
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.
Adrienne Williams More than 1 year ago
Ace is funny and like your girl next door. Quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick, delightful book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this quick read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book! Looking forward to her next book!!!!!! Skinner ;)
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Ace Jones is one crazy, feisty, and funny gal! She has had a few very close friends who sheltered and comforted her when she lost her entire family in a very brief time, a fact that just might be a trust issue with Mason McKenzie who worships the ground she walks on as well as her chiweenie dog named Buster Loo! Oh why else would she turn him away? Ace is working as an art teacher but haunted by a nasty principal itching to fire Ace and toting up every rule infraction Ace commits, of which there are a few, deliberately done, ahem? When the tyrant boss accuses Ace's best friend, Lily, of having sexual relations with a student, Ace is shocked beyond belief initially but then becomes determined to find out the truth behind the allegation. Add to that another friend, Chloe, whose cheating husband has beaten her up so that she must be hospitalized, and Ace is out on a mission - proof of what a low-life Chloe's husband really is! At first Chloe asks for help but then as a true victim rejects any help, which doesn't stop Ace and Lily from surging forward on their mission, with the help of some police officers and a very rich old lady, who is a hoot in her own right! For more about how this hilarious adventure progresses, you'll have to read about it yourself and it's well-worth the read! This diary is a light-hearted great read, and Stephanie McAfee has written a chick lit book that is guaranteed to make you want her to write more books as fun as this one! I'm still laughing, Ms. McAfee! Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story...I caught myself laughing out loud throughout the book.
nle1 More than 1 year ago
Oh my! When you live in Bugtussle, Mississippi everyone knows your business. EVERYONE. Which is one reason that Graciela Jones (Ace) is a bit wary when her ex-boyfriend comes back to town. She can’t turn around without someone telling her she should never have left him, what he’s doing at the exact moment and where he is and with whom. Her dog has even forsaken her lap for his. What’s a girl to do? Ace’s best friend Lilly has been suspended for having an affair with a student - which she didn’t. Mason came back home to help Lilly out since he’s a hot-shot attorney in Florida. Where Ace lived with him until she saw him talking to another woman, got pissed off and left. Lilly and Ace have a fairly innocent friend named Chloe who had the misfortune to marry the town abuser (covered for by his mommy of course!). When he hits her one time too many, Ace decides he’s got to go and beings plotting his end with the help of Mason, Lilly and the town’s Grand Dame who has more between her ears than just jewelry and a mansion. This book was such a hoot! Ms. McAfee has the South down pat and what the term girlfriend really means! If you want a fun Spring Break read or something for a slow evening on the veranda this is it! You won’t be sorry. Oh, and Mason…he’s the real thing.
smilnqd More than 1 year ago
Funny, well written, page turner. Laugh out loud funny! You could just picture what she was writing.
queenzayra More than 1 year ago
once i started reading this book i just couldnt stop. i absolutly loved it. i got a good laugh if i could give it 10 stars i would.. ITS A MUST READ...
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
Diary of a Mad, Fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee reminded me of a cross between Bridget Jones and Thelma and Louise. This book is set in the small town of Bugtussle, Mississippi. The main character Ace Jones is, as the title suggests, mad. For most of this novel she's mad at the world. Though she does have some reason to be. However she does over react quite a bit in this book. Her personality is over the top. She's loud, outspoken and her behavior is at times very immature. For the most part I did like her but at times I did want to slap her. This book has funny moments but it also has some crude humor which I'm not a fan of. Ace's relationship with Mason McKenzie is what is holding her back for most of this book. She's in love with Mason. She has been for most of her life but her insecurities about herself and her appearance won't let her be happy.I like that Ace does not look like your average heroine. She's overweight but mostly happy with herself. She has two best friends that have much bigger problems than she has. Her best friend Chloe is in an abusive relationship and won't listen to reason. Her other best friend, Lilly is making some questionable choices of her own which include a mysterious relationship with 'The gentleman'. The way Ace reacts to each of these situations is crazy. Don't get me wrong I really wanted to high five her when it came to Chloe but the way she handled Lilly made me want to throw the book across the room. Ace didn't seem like a very good friend at all. Overall this is an okay book. It definitely has some fun moments but it's also a bit cliched and stereotypical. The character brought out many emotions in me which is good. For the most part it is an enjoyable read. Although Ace won't be for everyone, this is an enjoyable read.