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Mad Girls in Love

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  862 ratings  ·  95 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

Hardcover, 528 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (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...more
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...more
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!!!
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.
Kathy W-S
Feb 12, 2009 Kathy W-S rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Kathy W-S 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.
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
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.

Seriously. READ. IT. Not kidding. It's kind of REALLY hilarious, and completely entertaining. You won't regret it!!
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
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
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...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
(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
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...more
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...more
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...
Feb 10, 2009 Angela rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys southern "quirky" characters & humor.
Recommended to Angela by: I came across it at the used book store & thought it synopsis ca
This was a very entertaining book. It is filled w/ quirky, funny, loving characters. The book is filled w/ emotion. One minute you will be laughing & the next you'll be wanting to cry. There was only one issue in the book that I did not completely agree w/. I wish that "issue" had turned out differently. All in all I thought this was a very good read w/ entertaining southern quirky characters that you come to care about.
Denise Nissen
I picked this book up because it was on clearance for $4.
I enjoyed it very much, except for the ending.
The end built up so much momentum and then just ended so abruptly.
The author didn't follow the normal formula for a climax and resolution.
I really loved all the quirky characters. Everyone was flawed yet warm in their own ways.
I love how it showed how wonderful and strong women can be.
Oh my word! This was a LONG book! And I don't just mean because it had 544 pages - I've read longer and enjoyed it much more. This story spanned about 25 years in the lives of 3 generations of women. It wasn't bad enough to stop reading, but wasn't very good either. I read Carzy Ladies by West several years ago and I thought I remembered liking it - don't have the same feeling about this one.
This book was fine. To be honest, most of the characters annoyed me. I absolutely hated Jennifer. Violet, whom I enjoyed in the first book, was horrible. The only character I liked was Bitsy, but only in the second half of the book.

Aside from most of the characters being vile, the book was entertaining enough. Won't read it again, but I'm okay with having read it the first time.
These women is CRAZY! But, full of life and hope, and yes, even love and respect for one another and the various men who try to love them. The writing style was slightly off-putting, as chapters about the main character, Bitsy, were told in first person narrative while the other chapters were third person, even when Bitsy was present. But, that aside, I enjoyed reading this one.
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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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