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The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn't Actually Do, but Could Have, and May Yet

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The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn't Actually Do, but Could Have, and May Yet
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 2nd 2007 by Simon & Schuster (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.
Mar 31, 2009 Rach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2008 Brooke Maedel rated it really liked it
Beach read material for sure. Light, fluffy and fun, but I have actually enjoyed some of the other books more.
Jun 12, 2010 Chris rated it did not like it
Shallow and full of not only unnecessary, but inappropriate, profanity. Not recommended!
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
Tabby Kat
Jun 13, 2008 Tabby Kat rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 01, 2008 Joanne rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 31, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-faves
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
Sep 03, 2015 Deb rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Aimee Tourville
Oct 21, 2014 Aimee Tourville rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jul 24, 2014 Debbie rated it liked it
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
Jan 31, 2008 Marnie rated it did not like it
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.
Oct 27, 2011 Jeanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alicia Jones
Oct 11, 2016 Alicia Jones rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Lots of fun, bittersweet story. would love to read more books about the Queens!
Oct 05, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio book, narrated by the author. It was huge fun, and I laughed aloud often. If you live in the South, or know someone who does, you will love this book!
Jan 13, 2012 Adrienne rated it it was ok
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
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
Aug 29, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing
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
Jackson Temple
May 15, 2008 Jackson Temple rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: women proud of their southern herritage
Recommended to Jackson by: a friend from work
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Dec 12, 2011 Anna rated it it was ok
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May 22, 2009 Meghan rated it it was ok
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
Sep 02, 2009 Rachael rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, adult, realistic
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
Mar 21, 2011 Sara rated it liked it
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 ...more
Beth Peninger
Jul 11, 2011 Beth Peninger rated it liked it
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,
Carla Collette
May 29, 2012 Carla Collette rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
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 ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok
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
Tammy Gina Mounce
Jul 17, 2007 Tammy Gina Mounce rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2007 Africableu rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Jul 11, 2008 Teeni rated it it was amazing
I forgot how good these books are. Granted, this is Jill's first novel, and I wouldn't say I would choose this over her other books, but it was a good, fast read. Read the other four (Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love, God Save the Sweet Potato Queens, Sweet Potato Queens Field Guide to Men: Every Man I love is either Married, Gay or Dead, and The Sweet Potato Queens Big Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner.)) Terrific books to share with your girlfriends. And I can personally recommend attending ...more
Mar 15, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it
I listened to this book while on a road trip. It was very enjoyable, and very well narrated by the author in her authentic southern accent.
I was reminded a lot of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, with it's darker sides and secrets. The author gradually leads the reader from a more light-hearted and comical beginning to much more serious subjects, while still retaining the comedic undertones. There was a heavy emphasis on the power of friendship through the darkest aspects of life.
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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 ...more
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