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3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  1,142 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews

Michael Lee West's indomitable G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South) are back -- enduring rough times with all the grace and outrageous flair expected of true Southern heroines.

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 murde

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Hardcover, 528 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2005)
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Kirsten
Apr 16, 2008 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Katie
May 19, 2008 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, humor
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
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Brandie
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
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Jennifer
May 14, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  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.
kathy
Jan 15, 2009 kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  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 paperbackswap.com
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.
Shannon
May 17, 2007 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Tracie Benites
Sep 03, 2007 Tracie Benites rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kylie
Jan 08, 2008 Kylie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, loved it!!!
Catie Zarski
Jan 08, 2008 Catie Zarski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Book. Thanks Kylie
Eowyn
Apr 09, 2007 Eowyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
both books are hysterical...i live for crazy women.
Stephanie
Mar 26, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephanie by: magazine article
Wonderful!!! This book was so....funny that @ times I would laugh out loud.
Ashley
Feb 09, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
I FREAKING LOVEEE THIS BOOK<33333
Seriously. READ. IT. Not kidding. It's kind of REALLY hilarious, and completely entertaining. You won't regret it!!
Margaret
Jul 26, 2012 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Beth
Sep 05, 2011 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Mindy Tysinger
May 21, 2017 Mindy Tysinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second book by Ms. West and I think I liked it better than the first. And I thought that one was really good. The characters are all very charming if a bit eccentric which makes the book really enjoyable.
Tamara
Feb 24, 2017 Tamara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the craziest most dysfunctional cast of characters I have ever read. I have to admit they did sort of grow on you once you got past how impossibly ridiculous they were.
Wanda
Oct 18, 2011 Wanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephy
Jul 01, 2009 Stephy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michelle
(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
Lexiz
Sep 22, 2010 Lexiz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jolie Kelton
Feb 23, 2015 Jolie Kelton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Megan
Nov 02, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Hope Caldwell
Oct 01, 2008 Hope Caldwell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Susan Ward
I'm a sucker for anything Southern...so 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
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Margaret
Apr 27, 2011 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pam
May 05, 2008 Pam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lacey
I like a little Southern women's fiction every now and then so I thought I would give this one a try. I listened to it on Audio CD and had a very hard time following the flow of the story. The narration changed from one character to the next and it was nearly impossible for me to keep track of what character I was listening to. I realize this may have been due to listening and not reading but I am glad I didn't try to drag myself through the nearly 600 page printed edition. A bit disappointed in ...more
Jean
Feb 26, 2012 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Michael Lee West's books and didn't even know this book existed until I came upon it in a used bookstore in Delta. My, my, where will Redstonians go to get some sunshine in the shade of December? Parts of this book were laugh aloud funny - just ask my REACH students. Family relationships are hilarious, and I loved how much of the book was told through letters between family and friends. We SURE don't do that much anymore...
Jan
Dec 15, 2013 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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