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Diary of a Mad Fat Girl (Mad Fat Girl #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,538 Ratings  ·  797 Reviews
Ace Jones needs a vacation, but she's not going to get it. What she gets instead is a good dose of scandalous small town politics that takes her on a wild quest for truth and redemption. Things get really complicated when the love of her life, who she hasn’t seen or heard from in over three years, shows up and vows not to leave town until she agrees to marry him. Diary of ...more
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Published (first published December 24th 2010)
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Jul 23, 2011 Dorsi rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-by-me, nook
If you are prudish, in any way, DON'T READ THIS BOOK! This story is not for the prim hearted. I thought it was HYSTERICALLY FUNNY! I laughed out loud many times while reading it & I think that is well worth the 99 cents I paid for it. What a group of characters & what a story line! I would love to know if it's based on actual events & people or if the author's imagination is that twisted. Even though it was a little amateurish in parts, the author shows talent & the story was hig ...more
May 11, 2011 Raqiyah rated it really liked it
OMG! This book was so hilarious, it totally turned my bad day around! I didn't read this book because it was profound or well-written, or because of the character development (and I suggest that you look elsewhere if that's what you're looking for). Ace and her friends were wonderful. The story was rolling-on-the-floor funny! It's a relatively short story about Ace Jones and her adventures trying to sort out her life and the lives of her friends. The things that come out of her mouth, are the sa ...more
Oct 20, 2012 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Being in a car for six hours was the only reason I made it through the novel by Stephanie McAfee entitled Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. The back cover claimed it was action-filled and hilarious, so who could blame me for being optimistic as I began the first chapter. To my dismay, each chapter made me more disappointed as I found the main character, Graciela Jones, a 30-year old robust art teacher who goes by Ace, hard to relate. Although the author’s intent was to portray Ace as an assertive woman, ...more
Mar 24, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
I only bought this because it was .99 and looked cute. I definately got more than .99 worth of laughter. I repeatedly had snot, tears and full on laughter in front of my family who was clueless as to what was going on with me. Ace cracked me up the way she talked. This is not appropriate to recommend to my bible study girlfriends because of language and the secular lifestyle but I found it hilarious rather than offensive when I read it. You just have to know it is a hilarious secular easy read w ...more
Mar 24, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok
OK, two and a half stars.

There are flashes of real talent here--the deadpan, hilarious voice of the narrator is terrific, about 3/4 of the time. She's the take-no-prisoners friend with whom you hung out in your 20s (or 30s), while you tried to figure out what you were doing with your life. Ace is mercilessly and drily cynical--on herself, on her friends, on the town where she lives. A vastly entertaining trainwreck.

But the rest of the characters are unevenly developed. The school principal is a
Romancing the Book
Feb 22, 2012 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Reviewed By~April
Review Copy Provided By~Publisher

Absolutely freaking amazing! Diary of a Mad Fat Girl is a roller coaster ride of emotion like few other books I have had the pleasure of reading. I laughed (out-loud in a library), felt my eyes fill with tears, got extremely torqued off, felt bursts of happiness and got rather irked off at the main character and wanted to smack her at times.

I knew going into this story that I would like it – or at least I had a pretty good inkling that I would.
Sarah Wilson
Jun 07, 2011 Sarah Wilson rated it it was ok
Diary of a Mad Fat Girl was a nice distraction in the dentist's waiting room and on a particularly uneventful car ride. It was light and in some places so funny that the laughter literally burst out of me. But for the most part I found the plot completely contrived and uneven, the characters underdeveloped and unlikable, and came away with the feeling that I must have missed whole chapters or only gotten half of the story.

The book centers around Ace, a 30s Southern woman with a couple of extra
Sharon L
Dec 26, 2013 Sharon L rated it liked it
It is funny, it is hilarious, it has some weird adventures, it is serious. It is certainly not a bad book. Really, this is a good book.

with a good breezy writing and a unique MC, I don't see why you wouldn't enjoy it.

and yet...

I don't like this book. I hardly even like it.

I'm still waiting for that understanding and love to come

This is a book I feel bad for not liking, and I know the reason.

Sense of Humor.

It's not that I'm a hard person to please, I laugh easily. you can tell a good knock
Feb 08, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie McAfee is hilarious, but not any kind of 'correct'. She can infuses her humor into all of her characters. The main character in this book is a friend who has your back, no matter what. She is endearing, but sometimes you want to slap her and her you.

I liked the story. It was creative and entertaining. I felt I was rooting for those who seemed like the underdog and wanted to see the demise of the "mean".

Jan 31, 2013 Roberta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge
This is a bust a gut funny and also sad story. The circumstances surrounding the story are sad but it is dealt with a laugh out loud and sensitive way. It show what girlfriends can really do with they stick together.
Nov 11, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
You will laugh out loud!!! Hope she writes more!!
Feb 22, 2012 Dianne rated it it was ok
Diary of a Mad Fat Girl - By: Stephanie McAfee

This is a totally brain-less read and I am amazed that it hit the New York Times e-book bestseller list! Now we get to read it with all they typos and grammatical errors taken care of and in dead-tree form!

While I didn’t find any grammatical errors or typos (but I really wasn’t looking too hard!) I did find a story that is so highly unbelievable for mature (30 and soon to b e over 30), intelligent, college educated, world traveled women. I can apprec
Kimberly Christensen
Mar 07, 2012 Kimberly Christensen rated it did not like it
Although I really didn't care much for all the profanity, sex, and infidelity, I found myself turning page after page to find out what was going to happen next. I didn't enjoy the book, but I couldn't put it down either.

Loud, outspoken Graciela Jones, aka Ace, is a young high school art teacher who recently left her boyfriend and returned to Bugtussle Mississippi with her chiweenie, Buster Loo. The drama begins when her best friend Lily bails out on a trip to Florida to spend time with a man she
Apr 15, 2011 Amber rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, kindle, reviewed
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May 17, 2011 Julie rated it did not like it
I am shocked this book received as many positive comments as it did. It had some redeeming qualities so I felt that I couldn't give it only one star, but it was nothing like what I expected. The main character, Ace, is an unrealistic and exhausting character who (although a teacher) finds it appropriate to hurl child-like insults and curse words constantly at the people around her. Ace and her friend set out to find proof that their friend's abusive husband is cheating on her. During the course ...more
I am ashamed that I finished this one. Ace, she was the weakest character I have ever had the displeasure of reading. This 30 year old woman, a teacher, acted like a 12 year old spoiled teenager. She would turn on her friends in a second, cheat, lie and talk behind everyones back. I couldn't find one redeemable trace in her personality. So why did I keep going ? The other characters, the ones that put up with her horribleness. I was waiting for them to tell her to piss off, I needed it.
I even fe
Feb 07, 2011 Jhj rated it it was ok
I think author Stephanie is off to a good start. Diary has good 'bones' - but, the one thing that I learned in my high school creative writing class - don't use words like "sparkle" to describe eyes. Skip cliches or use them sparingly. Every other page it seemed I was groaning whenever I read a well worn cliche.
There is quite a sense of humor there, and as everyone mentioned, the ending is very very lacking. Almost as if you wonder if the 3/4 of the book you read was in some other book! I bough
Jul 07, 2011 Debbie rated it it was ok
I wanted to slap the main character for most of the book. She was so angry all the time! And yet she still ended up with the guy! And it was never really explained why they split in the first place. She's got a horrible work ethic, and repeatedly makes terrible decisions. But all of this is justified because the other people are all just a bit worse. Why is it okay to take revenge, or encourage someone else to, or to have a bad work ethic because hey, your boss has done something worse? These ar ...more
Cynthia Corral
Aug 03, 2015 Cynthia Corral rated it liked it
A solid three stars. It was easy chick-lit fluff, perfect for those breaks between sturdier stuff, but that doesn't just give you a pass as a writer. If you're going to write easy chick-lit fluff, have some standards.

My dislikes:
What's with the title? It has nothing to do with the story, Ace is not even known as a "fat girl", she just likes pizza and beer and she's not a size two.

An antagonist who is schtupping every female around in parking lots and next to dumpsters, yet no one in this very sm
Huda Al-Anbar
The book started with teenage Graciela Jones a.k.a "Ace" moving to a new town, meeting new friends and bonding with her soon to be life-long friends Lilly,Mason, and Ethan Allen. moving on to collage and we meet Chloe. Flash-forward again to present time 30-year-old Ace, an Art teacher in her old high school, with both Lilly and Chloe as fellow teachers, Ethan Allen has a bar, Mason is somewhere else being a lawyer.
That was the back story, now let the story begin!

But it doesn't...

Ace is funny,e
Lori Green
Mar 05, 2011 Lori Green rated it did not like it
I bought this in the Kindle store for 99 cents and I want my money back!

I couldn't get very far in this at all because the heroine was completely unlikeable. She was foul, mean, treated her best friend like crap and called the vagina a 'cooter'. Oh no!

Just awful.
Melissa Wright
Ace Jones and a balls to wall type of girl. Who doesn't care what you think of her and she will tell that with a smile on her face while holding her beloved dog named Buster Loo. She may be balls to the wall and doesn't give a rats ass what you think of her but she has one thing that makes her insecure and that's Mason Mckenzie her long time on and off again boyfriend she's known since she was 11. She loves him with all she has but hates how she feels that she can't trust him, she lives him in F ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Nancy added it
I might say this is not the cover of the book I read and I liked mine better but the book is the same. So, the review:

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
Mar 07, 2012 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit, beach read,
Shelves: romance
I seem to be spending a lot of time these days debating what to say about a book I’ve just read. "Diary," for example, was an entertaining read that I finished in a matter of hours. The story, however, is a train wreck from beginning to end, and this makes me question my taste level in literature. Further, the novel is written in the first person which, with rare exception, drives me crazy. In this book, however, it is almost necessary: Without the removal of the narrator, and more time spent in ...more
Apr 19, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor
Well I just don't know what was better, getting to read this book or getting to meet the author at the Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock. Before I review the book, let me tell its brief but amazing story. Stephanie was a teacher who wanted to write a book. She decided to release it through three venues as an ebook on Christmas day, to catch all those folks who had just gotten Nooks and Kindles from Santa. She sold the ebook for 99 cents and in seven months it had been downloaded 145,000 ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Nikki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a big disappointment for me. I had read reviews that said it was laugh out loud funny and it wasn't. I did not like Ace Jones. She was petty, antagonistic, and whiny. The whiny could have been excused, if she had been whining about things that weren't her own fault. (Oh, your boss is chewing you out? Be on time! Don't smart off to her. Honestly, it's a wonder she lasted as long as she did. Her boss had several *valid* reasons to fire her ass.)
I also detested how she treated her "friend
Dec 18, 2011 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fiction, kindle, 2011
While it was entertaining, the main character never develops from the pushy, brassy, loud, obnoxious, crude, angry woman that she is in the beginning. None of the characters really grow, except maybe Chloe, and aspects of her growth concern me. This was slightly chuckle-worthy, but it relied too much on easy, crude humor rather than wit. Also, it had cliche after cliche. And the main character constantly describes herself basically like an over-weight troll, but there are still plenty of attract ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Asma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Both stars go to the amazing funny narrator! That was about the only standing out feature of this audio book.
I have to say I liked the beginning of the story way more than as it advanced :( Too much stretching, too much details and too much unreasonable events.
My favorite character was Chloe because of her believable sad character, also her relationship with her abusive husband was true to the pain of many young ladies, so ya I liked that! However, Ace who is supposed to be the main character a
Jul 18, 2012 Gayle rated it liked it
Recommended to Gayle by: Publishers Weekly
Shelves: chick-lit
I liked this one but not as much as I wanted to. It was funny and I always love a Southern read, but Ace was a hard character to like. The "Mad Fat Girl" title made me think of the heyday of British chick lit and this didn't match it - it wasn't a diary, and the mad wasn't crazy-mad it was angry-mad. Ace was very angry - a lot of her dialogue ends with "I yelled." She also jumps to conclusions and gets destructive very quickly. Sometimes this is justified, but often it's aimed at those closest t ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Nita rated it did not like it
This book really annoyed me. First, why use the term "fat" in the title? The main character was alternately described as fifteen to twenty pounds overweight (which I do not consider "fat") and "plus sized." The storyline ambled, the main character was extremely obnoxious, and I couldn't believe that anyone would want to be friends with her.
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