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Mad Girls in Love

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,007 ratings  ·  104 reviews
In her colorful first novel, Crazy Ladies, Michael Lee West brought to life three generations of unforgettable G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised In The South), creating a world the Washington Post Book World called "sharp, wry, and utterly convincing." In Mad Girls in Love she's brought some of the Ladies back and also added a whole new wacky and lovable cast. You'll want to join t ...more
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Published July 5th 2005 by HarperAudio (first published 2005)
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A fun book to read. It draws you in with just the first chapter. It is very entertaining and crazy. You never know what could happen. A nice escape from your life into one that is much more dysfunctional. I would recommend this book to anyone who remembers what it is like to be young, occasionally crazy and in love. The same author also wrote "Crazy Ladies" which is equally a fun book to read, however, I thought that "Mad Girls in Love" is better. In a way, Crazy Ladies is suppose to come before ...more
Hilarious! This book is fun and enjoyable, in part because of the crazy, yet very "human" and likeable nature of the characters.

When Bitsy breaks her husband’s nose and knocks him unconscious with a frozen rack of ribs, she flees with her daughter from her unhappy marriage and tries to keep her daughter away from her calculating, unfriendly in-laws. This story hilariously narrates decades of Bitsy’s and her family’s lives in the South, including Bitsy’s mother Dorothy who regularly corresponds
I wasn't thrilled with this book.
I picked it up at the library, the little library in town where I live, where they have a small collection of audio books on CD, as opposed to the city library which has tons.
This was one of the few audio books the town library had in stock, and so I took a chance. I'm still trying to decide if the book was worth the five or so hours it took to listen to.
Mainly, I felt depressed when I finished it. I don't want to ruin it for people who might actually venture to
May 20, 2008 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Southern American fiction fans
I'm really going to miss these characters. I like their authenticity in that none of the women "end up" in life the way you'd expect based on how they are when they're younger. I found that really true to life, because in my experience, I'm nothing like I or anyone else expected me to be in my life right now. My original plans to be a Peace Corps volunteer, forest ranger, world traveler turned into government lawyer, single mom. You just never know where your path is going to lead.
Feb 12, 2009 kathy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to kathy by: I bought it at B & N for $6
This was a great book. I really loved every chapter. It is completely entertaining. Fast moving and laugh out loud funny!!! Full of quick witted scarcastic humor -- which I love. Very touching with the closeness of a crazy family with all it's extreme issues of ups and downs of love, heartbreaks, sisterhood, and motherhood. Great read.

For the local ladies on my list: I have it if you want to borrow it before I put it on
Tracie Benites
This is just a great girlie'girl book. I really liked it. I cried when it was over because I got to know the characters so well and I was sad that it ended.
Joan Eisenstodt
And I just want more of her work - more and more. These are rich with characters and dialog. Each and every one of hers that I've read so far.
Jun 09, 2007 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has read Crazy Ladies
This book was a wonderful follow-up to Crazy Ladies. It allowed me to find out what happened to characters that I'd grown to love.
Love, love, loved it!!!
Seriously. READ. IT. Not kidding. It's kind of REALLY hilarious, and completely entertaining. You won't regret it!!
Apr 07, 2008 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephanie by: magazine article
Wonderful!!! This book was so....funny that @ times I would laugh out loud.
both books are hysterical...i live for crazy women.
Catie Zarski
Fun Book. Thanks Kylie
Bitsy had been in love with Claude Wentworth IV since first grade. While the match seemed unlikely, (the Wentoworths are prominent, wealth people in Crystal falls, TN and Bitsy's family is, to say it politely, not prominent or wealthy), the couple married and Bitsy had her baby daughter at the age of 18. When the story begins, Bitsy and Claude had just renewed their wedding vows, but it has come to Bitsy's attention that Claude is not exactly truthful or faithful. A show-down takes place, Bitsy ...more
I love Michael Lee West's writing. Love, LOVE it. These women are a train wreck...but you love them, all the same. I took this book with me, everywhere, because I couldn't wait to see what Bitsy, Violet, Clancy Jane, and dear Dorothy would do next. The characters have their faults, are fully aware of their faults (mostly), and deal with their faults, and their family members' faults with grace (mostly) and humor (mostly). Nothing is tied up in neat little packages, but the novel ends on a wonder ...more
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
This was a selection for our book group that I just couldn't get into. Obviously other people thought it was a riot, but it wasn't for me, and I didn't finish it.

Jolie Kelton
I'm normally not into these type of books but I LOVED this book. I loved the characters, they felt like family by the end.I love how even though it goes through a few decades it never gets drawn out or boring and it flows together really well.I thought it was hilarious and loved that it was not only about romantic relationships between men and women but just as much about the relationships between women in family's (mothers,daughters,grandmothers,sisters,aunts and cousins). I also loved that it ...more
Bitsy Wentworth -- fleeing yet another relationship nightmare in a "borrowed" red Corvette, with her baby daughter and a recently acquired "demon child" -- has an APB out on her for attempted murder (she broke her ex-husband's nose with a frozen slab of ribs that she purchased at the Piggly Wiggly). Her mama, Dorothy, is writing letters to First Ladies from inside the Central State Asylum, while Aunt Clancy Jane has completed her inevitable progression from hippie to local Crazy Cat Lady. Three ...more
The book was okay....It confused me a bit but I guess that's because I didn't read the 1st one.

Bitsy Wentworth - fleeing yet another relationship nightmare in a "borrowed" red Corvette, with her baby daughter and a recently acquired "demon child" - has an APB out on her for attempted murder (she broke her ex-husband's nose with a frozen slab of ribs that she purchased at the Piggly Wiggly). Her mama, Dorothy, is writing letters to First Ladies from inside the Central State Asylum, while Aunt Cla
(3.5 stars) This is a follow-up book to Crazy Ladies, taking place in Crystal Falls, TN and follows 3 generations of women, one generation farther down than the previous book. The novel opens with Bitsy on the run from her abusive husband, with her baby in tow. Her mother, Dorothy, remains institutionalized, and writes letters to the First Lady, detailing incidents in her family's life (each one in turn over time). Aunt Clancy Jane is back with her hippie tendencies turning into crazy cat lady p ...more
Recently during the summer of 2010 while attending the summer play Wizard Of Oz at CCTS. I happen to be taking break and since I can't stand boredom a friend of mine recommend a book. She always kept this novel in her purse, so I picked up the book by looking at cover really caught my eye and reading the blurb made want crack open a chapter. As the first few pages seem to suck me in leaving silent and focus I felled in love with the story the author was telling. The book seems almost real visua ...more
Nancy  Robinson
The Crazy Ladies are back as the older generation in this book. These ladies cope with and overcome what life gives them. fighting and loving like family does.
I am thankful that I listened to the abridged audiobook edition (5 CDs) rather than read 500+ pages of these ridiculous women. They are three generations of mildly-to-completely-kooky women to whom crazy things happen and who seem to have no capacity for reflection. All the men are drunk womanizers who done them wrong, but the ladies are still alive and speaking to each other (sometimes) so this means they persevere? Or something? I can only hope that the full length version allows for some dept ...more
Nov 09, 2008 Hope rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Susan Ward
I'm a sucker for anything I picked this up on a bargain table at B & N. I hadn't even recognized the author's name so I had no idea it was a sort of precursor to Mermaids in the Basement, a book I read earlier this year. It wasn't until around page 300 that I started recognizing characters...that was kind of strange! I should have been more observant I guess..

This book was written well before Mermaids but it includes many of the same characters, although the focus in on the oth
Great book, was a little to long, thought it was drawn out a bit. Did not like how it ended. Seem like the writer left some loose ends. Would like to know how Betsy and her daughter relationship ended.
Dale Faiello
Very funny, southern flavor, very entertaining, not heavy.
I was very hesitant to read this book - while I like dogs, I would not call myself a "dog" person. And the premise hearing a story told from the perspective of a dog did not entice me in the least. But, once I started reading it, I could not put it down. UNTIL....the middle. I had to stop reading. I am at a point in my life where I just cannot read anything that hits too close to home - particularly if it's sad. So, I am sure it's an amazing read. And maybe at a later point in my life I will be ...more
This book is WAAAY to long for chick lit! I picked it up at the library with no expectations - and I think if it had been 2 or 3 hundred pages I would have thought is was a fairly good book. I didn't think the content or characters merited over 500 pages.

The writing was fine - the quirky plot entertained for awhile - but I can't say that I grew to care about the characters - I kept coming back to "What the hell are they thinking" It kind of seemed like a mediocre soap opera to me.

I didn't _hate
Thoroughly enjoyable, especially if you grew up or live in the area of the country where it takes place. The characters are broadly sketched but stop short of devolved into to 2-dimensional caricatures -- not larger than life but better: As big as life. The story is largely just a device to spend as much time as possible with the people in the book. Michael Lee West is now one of the authors whose name will always catch my eye as a strong recommendation all by itself.
This is a sequel. I would recommend reading Crazy Girls first. I love these female characters. Bitsy was the B in the first book and her daughter Jennifer is the one in this book. It was also great to see Dorothy, Bitsy's mother mellow in this book. I again compare West to Letts.
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Michael Lee West grew up on the Gulf Coast with a wild tribe of Southern cooks. She lives on a farm near Nashville with her family. Michael is the author of Crazy Ladies, Mad Girls in Love, She Flew the Coop, American Pie, Mad Girls in Love, Mermaids in the Basement, Consuming Passions, and Gone With a Handsomer Man. Her new novel, A Teeny Bit of Trouble, is the second installment in the Teeny Tem ...more
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