Five Days of Romance, Day 3: Review: Diary of a Mad, fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee

Title: Diary of a Mad, Fat, Girl
Author: Stephanie McAfee
Publisher: New American Library
Publication Date: February 7, 2012
paperback, 356 pages
ISBN: 978-0-451-23649-4
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.

My thoughts:
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.
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my opinion.


  1. I hate when you really look forward to a book and it it's just okay.

  2. I loved it. Being a teacher with a horrible principal..I can relate to a lot if it! I found it very entertaining and fun to read.

    1. Correction... *of it, not "if" it. :)

    2. Hi Anonymous,
      I agree about the horrible principal. That part of the book was fun to read.


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