Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl

Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl

by Stephanie McAfee


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ISBN-13: 9780451238054
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Series: A Mad Fat Girl Novel Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

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“Southern-fried Janet Evanovich” —Booklist

“Ace Jones is a hoot!” —Wendy Wax, author of Ten Beach Road

“Ace Jones is my kind of girl: her outsize appetite for life, plus a dangerously low tolerance for losers, get her into one impossible fix after another.”—Sophie Littlefield, author of A Bad Day for Scandal

“Meet Graciela ‘Ace’ Jones, a wildcat Southern version of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.” —Library Journal

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Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! She is a must read!
AGM07 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Ace Jones is funny and a whole lot crazy! This book will have you laughing, but you really need to read Dairy of a Mad Fat Girl first to really understand Ace and her love Mason. Great kob Stephanie can't wait till book number 3 comes out in summer 2013!!
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Graciela Jones “Ace” has just moved to Pelican Cove, FL to live with her long time love and fiancé, Mason. Not only is she about to marry the man she’s loved most of her life, but she is opening an art gallery—a dream come true. On the opening night of her gallery, Ace finds she’s made an enemy of socialite, Lenore Kennashaw. Even though all her dreams seem to be coming true, Ace finds herself wanting hot construction worker Kevin. She can’t seem to get her dirty mind off him and all his hunkiness. She wouldn’t have so much time to think about Kevin, but the gallery is well boring. Not nearly as glamorous as she thought it would be oh and even at home she has time on her hands because Mason is ALWAYS at work. After Ace starts settling in to her new life, she makes a group of great girlfriends to hang out with and even meets some of the neighbors. Do not get her started on the crazies running the homeowners association! Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl is the sequel to Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. I have not read the first book, and I would say you don’t have to, but my guess is I would have enjoyed the second book more had I connected more to Ace. I really didn't ‘get her’ or her big attitude. I really couldn't relate to Ace and I felt she was very immature for her age. Even though I really didn't connect with her, I did find the book to be somewhat funny and over the top. Not really my thing, but if you are looking for a light easy read I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I would mention there is language in this book (*not a judgment! I felt her use of language worked for her characters, this is just to let people know).
JennHope More than 1 year ago
Love Ace's adventures.  She's my hero.  Looking forward to book # 3!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ace just seemed whiny in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THis wasn't as good as the first because those were HUGE shoes to fill. The first was so freakin good. I think the storyline needs to stay in Bugtussle. THat was a better storyline than this one. still a good read though.
irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More please, I can hardly wait to see what Ace Jones is going to pull next, fantastically funny character!! Laughed out loud with both books, hurry I need more. Delightful story, very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With an ending that leaves you hanging, I'm hopeful for a book 3. Doesn't have the laugh out loud quality of Fat Girl, but still full of fun and that Ace-only spunk. We are introduced to several new characters and, at books end, there are many unanswered questions about certain folks and some missing items. I must have had some missing pages between 59 and 65 because one page didn't lead to the next. If there is a book 3, I most certainly will read it and hope to discover that Ace's "covert-ops" didn't go unnoticed and she can have some vindication. Ace Jones is still my hero!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED the first book but enjoyed this one too! Did not like the ending so i hope there will be a book #3 about Ace Jones. Love the fact that I know about many of the places & events talked about in this novel:)
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
This is the second installment in the Mad Fat Girl Series...and I loved it as much as the first book! Graciela and her friends continued their wild adventures and had me laughing along the way! This is a lighthearted and funny ready..highly recommend this one too!
bonton More than 1 year ago
First time read for this author (three books total) but I thought her books were great. Funny too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is freakin hilarious i cant wait to read the next one and hope she keeps writing more
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Abra res two.