Diary of a Mad Fat Girl was a nice distraction in the dentist's waiting room and on a particularly uneventful car ride. It was light and in some place...moreDiary of a Mad Fat Girl was a nice distraction in the dentist's waiting room and on a particularly uneventful car ride. It was light and in some places so funny that the laughter literally burst out of me. But for the most part I found the plot completely contrived and uneven, the characters underdeveloped and unlikable, and came away with the feeling that I must have missed whole chapters or only gotten half of the story.
The book centers around Ace, a 30s Southern woman with a couple of extra pounds on her, as the author so often points out, and two of her friends that you learn almost nothing about. She's trying to figure out why one friend keeps ditching her and save the other friend from an abusive relationship. Things go from zero to sixty when, in the first 30 or so pages, Ace's flighty friend is fired for inappropriate sexual relations with a student (that came out of left field!), her abused friend is beaten so severely she has a miscarriage and winds up hospitalized, and she is arrested for verbally and physically assaulting her friend's scummy husband. And it just gets more convoluted from there.
While there were some seriously hysterical parts, so much of this book focused on negativity, hate, and revenge without any sort of redeeming reasoning, that I came away with a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth. It was only $.99, and I might have purchased it anyway knowing what I know now, but if you're considering downloading this one from Amazon don't expect anything great.(less)
Yes, this is a Christian novel. Yes, the mingling of cultures (Texan and Italian) is an interesting substory throughout the novel. I knew what I was i...moreYes, this is a Christian novel. Yes, the mingling of cultures (Texan and Italian) is an interesting substory throughout the novel. I knew what I was in for when I started reading. Even though I knew what I signed on for, it didn't stop me from (literally) rolling my eyes during multiple points of this book.
The story of Bella, an Italian-American wedding planner transplanted in Texas, falling in love with hertrue-blue Texas deejay, D.J., and trying to make it work in spite of the cultural differences they face is cute. I liked the novel...it was an easy, light-hearted read, and I enjoyed the way that it dealt with the concept of personal faith. I enjoyed its approach to personal relationships with God. It did, at times, feel a little overwrought, but that was fine.
But that's about it. There is virtually no serious plot and no character development throughout. Every other chapter ends with Bella exhibiting the, "oh no, he's going to walk out of my life after THIS shenanigan" mentality. After the third time she waffled about DJ's commitment to her I was ready to walk away, but I kept reading.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel on my kindle. I only read it because it was a free download, and having read it, I would have DEFINITELY been disappointed if I had paid for it. If you want something fluffy to read while sick in bed and woozy on antihistamines, this will do the trick. Looking for a solid romance/faith read? You can definitely find better out there.
This book, written by the author of "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants", was one I really enjoyed. It's poignant and stirring without becoming too emo...moreThis book, written by the author of "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants", was one I really enjoyed. It's poignant and stirring without becoming too emotional or heavy handed.
I feel like one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much was because it described the particular point of life in which I find myself - between college and the real world, trying to hold on to the last vestiges of my college days while simultaneously attempting to join the "grown-up" community.
It was a love story, in a way, but focused more on the friendships and relationships built between a trio of friends, which I appreciated. I really recommend this book. (less)