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The Sweet Potato Queens' 1st Big-Ass Novel

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  2,700 ratings  ·  305 reviews

"I have no pride. I tell anything," Jill Conner Browne is fond of saying. As Her Royal Highness, Boss Queen of the Sweet Potato Queens, she has told legions of fans, known as "SPQ Wannabes," her delectable secrets to living, loving — and eating — like a queen. In her words, "More is more."

How much more? The #1 New York Times bestselling author of five works of nonfiction

Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published 2007)
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I love The Sweet Potato Queens. I've read every book by Jill Connor Browne that I've found - she makes me laugh till I pee my pants.
Very funny, makes you laugh and feel good. I don't like glorifying some of the things that make America so unhealthy, but damn it, I couldn't help but laugh. Great summer read or when you are feeling down. The author uses her wit well.
Brooke Maedel
Beach read material for sure. Light, fluffy and fun, but I have actually enjoyed some of the other books more.
Shallow and full of not only unnecessary, but inappropriate, profanity. Not recommended!
Tabby Kat
Browne's Sweet Potato Queen advice books on love, divorce, and cooking have found a wide audience in readers who appreciate the Queens' sassy southern charm. With coauthor Gillespie, Browne turns to fiction for the first time to share lives and loves of the Queens. Jill, Mary Bennett, Patsy, and Gerald are united by their outsider status in high school. When Tammy, a beautiful but insecure redhead, moves into town and is humiliated by the in-crowd, Jill and company form the Tammy Club to bolster ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Jill Conner Browne writes a fictional account of how the Sweet Potato Queens came into being and how they truly became queens through some terrible decisions and heartbreak.

I absolutely loved the first chapter of this book. It was sheer perfection I tell you. It starts when the queens are in high school and haven't really figured out that they're queens yet. They are always being looked down upon by the high school beauty queen, a bitch if ever there was one. I was shrieking with laughter and do
This was a fun book about friendship, mainly old friends. It made me laugh!

I thought it was kind of confusing in the beginning since I've read some of the other Sweet Potato Queens books which give mostly the same details about their "club" and this was a novel about what could have happened.... I guess? I had to let that go and just enjoy the story. There was a little too much drama with all their love lives but overall I liked it.

It really reminded me of my good friends I've kept since high
There are the Red Hat Society ladies and there are the Sweet Potato Queens. Which group is more like you? Edging towards the age requirement for the RHS, a high school soriety sister said we should really consider becoming SPQs (mainly because the green and pink colors are better!), but after reading this book I see so many similarities between this original group and my friends that I want to be a SPQ! This was an enjoyable read starting in 1968 - 1989 and was just really funny. The SPQ motto o ...more
This was a lovely book. It was hysterically funny all the way through but had moments that were touching, sad, and thoughtful.

It was so real. The author did a masterful job of capturing the complex nature of friendships yet maintaining each individuals core personality.

The timeline and its pop history and southern culture were spot on. The one liner's in this book made me laugh out loud and now I have several people at work looking into this book.

I plan on hunting down every book the author has
I read this a few years ago after having read a series of books for my profession that were heavy, serious, and more than a bit dark. This bit of confection was just what I needed to break that mood, and provide some great laughs as well as some deep-fried home truths. I have always loved Southern writers, from the masterful (Harper Lee, Flannery O'Connor, Truman Capote) to the funny (Fannie Flagg, Celia Rivenbark). Jill Conner Browne belongs with the best of the latter group, writing with a voi ...more
Aimee Tourville
This book was not what I expected at all. It was definitely not like the rest of the Sweet Potato Queen books. That being said, it was still humorous. This book was a work of fiction. Browne uses characters we are already familiar with in her other books. This is a fictional "back story" of some of their lives. As she says in the title, it's "Stuff We Didn't Actually Do, But Could Have, and May Yet." I think we've all considered some of the antics these girls pull in this novel at some point. Ji ...more
After five nonfiction bestsellers, Browne leaps into fiction (with assistance by Bottom Dollar Girls creator Karin Gillespie) and delivers a GEN-U-WINE page-turner of a novel. Fans won't be surprised that Browne's combination of bawdy humor and self-empowerment affirmations easily translates in novel form.

An unexpected delight is how deftly Browne creates fully dimensional supporting characters surrounding her first-person narrator, Jill Connor. (In her nonfiction adventures, all the other quee
This book was fast moving but the plot wasnt good. After a popular girl insults Tammy, Tammy's friends form a group to make her feel better & stoop to the popular girl's level to get back at her. The group becomes the Sweet Potato Queens. The members are not very nice & dont treat each other the way friends should, they backstab each other & are very catty.
Loved it! This was my third one in the series and I was not disappointed. Now I have to search for books by Karin Gillespie who co-authored this with Jill Conner Browne.
Danielle Mammano
I was hooked from the very first sentence. It humorously related the forming of a lifelong friendship between unexpected comrades, their life's trials and tribulations, & the strong bonds of friendship that allow friends to drift apart through time and circumstance only to reunite as if no time has passed. Even at the characters' darkest moments, they maintained the ability to find the humor in their own situations & others'. Being able to always find hope and the ability to cope through ...more
Cheryl Gatling
One character says, "That's what people do for those they care about. They love 'em, no matter how badly they screw up." And boy, do they. Screw up, I mean. One by one these four women, plus one gay man, make bad choices in life, but mostly bad choices in love. They squabble with each other, then rescue each other, leading to multiple scenes of tearful hugging and forgiveness. It reminded me of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, only with more colorful language. In both cases, I found myself ...more
The One Sentence Review

Characterization: Prepare to meet a lively bunch of characters but to not necessarily get to know any of them or their motivations, etc…well.

Setting: Set almost entirely in Jackson, Mississippi, a love of the South and the lifestyle that entails is important to this novel’s success.

Plot: A group of social misfits meet in high school and then proceed, over a period of decades, to “do” life together, for better or for worse (so to speak).

Description: This novel contains s
Jackson Temple
May 15, 2008 Jackson Temple rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women proud of their southern herritage
Recommended to Jackson by: a friend from work
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Ah... high school. The story starts with the insecurities, innocence and bullying that occurs in high school. This part of the story reminded me very much of the movie Mean Girls as it is funny and follows several high school students. Several high school friends form a group together to save one of the newcomers from the high school bully. The bully has "befriended" Tammy but Jill and her friends know better and try to warn Tammy that this is a friend she doesn't want to make. Tammy is naive an ...more
This novel, (notice, I said novel, as in fiction) reads more as memoir with some fiction thrown in. If Browne wanted to write a memoir, she should have, and if she wanted to write fiction, she should have put more effort into making it at least seem fictional. Instead it just comes off as a bit lazy.

I'm a huge fan of Browne's non-fiction work - the hilarious Sweet Potato Queens books of .... This wasn't nearly as funny as Browne's other work, which was highly disappointing. Still, the beginnings
Okay, I've read almost all of the Sweet Potato Queens' other books, the humorous essay collections by Jill Conner Browne, and I even went to see the Queens live at a book signing (boas, glittery dresses, wigs, fake tits and all), and I love them!

I thought this book was amazing for the first hundred pages, when it was closer to the humor side and a rather whimsical coming-of-age tale revealing the origins of the queens in high school. Then unfortunately, Browne revealed how very uncomfortable she
I really have mixed feelings about this book. It is written in first person from one character's point of view and tells the story of a group of friends at various excerpts in time from high school onward. I liked how the book began, with a little girl feeling like a princess with a cardboard crown, but then how she lost that special confidence in herself. I could really relate to that. The rest of the book describes how she finds some great friends and how they relate to each other at various t ...more
My friend and coworker suggested The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love; I haven't finished it, but I have really enjoyed what I've read so far. So, being that I'm generally more of a fiction type girl, I thought that the First Big-Ass Novel would be awesome. Unfortunately, for me, it fell pretty flat.

The book spans about twenty years or so in the lives of five childhood friends, all told from one person's perspective. I liked that the novel covered so much of their lives, but ultimately felt di
Beth Peninger
I have never heard of the SPQ's so this whole thing was new to me. And this book happens to be the only fiction book (so far) about the SPQ's. I thought it was funny and well written. I could, however, done without the copious amounts of language. Whew. I was ready to be done with the book just so I could be done reading the swear words!
This is the fictional story of 5 people (one guy, 4 gals) who band together in high school because they are the outcasts. They decide to snub all the rich kid,
Robin perez
Surprisingly good. Started off a little slow, but picked up steam and then couldn't put it down. Fun enjoyable book, great for a quick read at the beach or vacation. Enjoyed the characters. These were people I would hang out with, everyday fun loving people.
Tammy Gina Mounce
Jul 17, 2007 Tammy Gina Mounce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All present and future queens
Shelves: 5starbooks
The end of the book sums it up perfectly:

"My entire life I'd been looking for Prince Charming and taking home toads.

Obviously, I'd been setting my sights too low. Toads--and even Princes--just weren't going to cut the mustard anymore. They were too weak-willed and wet behind the ears. I needed a MAN. One strong enough to appreciate and celebrate the Queen I'd finally grown up to be. Until that man came, I was going to keep on living and loving my own life and I wasn't going to settle for anyone
Ugh. I am disappointed -- this book was just so much fluff -- and I know the "Boss Sweet Potato Queen" is capable of better! The characters were annoying (the so-called "best friends" spent most of their lives ignoring each others' calls and acting like jerks), the plot was thii-in (it read like a corny soap opera -- at every cliff-hanging moment, of which there were too many, I heard a "dum-dum-DUM" in my head), and the only good part was the "recipe" section in the back -- ahh, now THERE was t ...more
Laughed, cried, and fell in love with all of them! Like the Breakfast Club come to the South, it was a wonderful view into the beautiful world of misfits that made it right.
Terri Benson
Really enjoyed this fun light-hearted book. Want to read more by Jill Conner Browne! I read it in one day partly because my computer was down. Good timing!
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Jill Conner Browne is the multiple #1 New York Times bestselling author of nine Sweet Potato Queens books and has created a global phenomenon--6,200 chapter groups in 37 countries--based upon her philosophy and world-view as recounted through these rollicking, raucous and riotously funny essays. Women and smart men understand that the bawdy, sassy, down-to-earth humor is simply the vehicle by whic ...more
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