I’ll admit, it’s been a while since I’ve indulged in chick lit. After spending a few years working on an English Literature degree, it’s been difficult to allow myself to mindlessly enjoy something just for the chance to escape, instead of for its intricate plot and beautiful language. I’m glad I did, though. Ace Jones–Diary of a Mad Fat Girl‘s heroine–is a stubborn, smart girl who doesn’t take crap from anyone. She’s my kind of girl!
Ace, a high school art teacher in Bugtussle, Mississippi, is mad. She’s mad that her best friend, Lilly, ditched her at the last minute for a trip to Paris. And she’s even more mad when Lilly is suddenly fired from her teaching job with the accusation that she has slept with a student. All this can’t compete, however, with her extreme hatred for her other best friend Chloe’s husband, Richard, who has recently crossed the line from being verbally abusive to physically. From one impossible situation to another, Ace does all she can to clear Lilly’s name and help Chloe see once and for all what a scumbag her husband really is–struggling all the while with her feelings for Mason, her childhood sweetheart,whose proposal she ran away from only months before. Yes, she’s abrasive and incredibly hard on herself, but you can’t help but cheer Ace on. She’s infectious.
Join in the discussion this month on Diary of a Mad Fat Girl! Originally a self-published e-book by Stephanie McAfee, it exceeded all expectations by landing on the New York Times best sellers list for e-books fiction for twelve weeks before being picked up by New American Library and put into print! It’s a writer’s dream!
Disclosure: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine alone, based upon my personal experience. While I received a complimentary copy of Diary of a Mad Fat Girl from the BlogHer Book Club, which was used to write this review, as well as monetary compensation, there was no requirement for a positive review.