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Hissy Fit: A Novel

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  18,229 Ratings  ·  1,232 Reviews
“Laced with humor and a sense of place that oozes the aroma of magnolia blossoms.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“[A] Southern-fried romp.”
Entertainment Weekly

Whether it’s a mystery, sassy women’s fiction, or a combination of the two, New York Times bestseller Mary Kay Andrews always gives her fans a read to remember. And now she’s throwing a Hissy Fit, in the best possible
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ebook, 448 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published August 17th 2004)
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Kristy
Aug 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-chicklit
Okay, this was my first Mary Kay Andrews novel, and admitedly, I wasn't looking for anything challenging...and I especially enjoyed the idea of this strong Southern gal throwing a "hissy fit" when she finds her bridegroom having sex with her maid of honor during the rehearsal dinner...no spoilers here...all of this happens in the first few chapters. The remainder of the book is how she goes about coping with her discovery. I enjoyed this smart and sassy Southern woman...particulary at the time i ...more
Wendy
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hissy Fit

This is another book that I normally wouldn't have read except for it being the book club read for August for my monthly book club and I'm happy that I did read it. This is a change from what I normally read and I'm actually starting to like what you would call "Chick Lit" books. This was cute and funny and it didn't lag, it kept flowing which kept me interested and wanting to keep reading. I'm going to look up more books by Mary Kay Andrews and if they are as good as this one then I've
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Kate  Maxwell
Though there were definitely laugh-out-loud parts of this book, if it weren't for the excessive descriptions of interior decorating and furniture, I would have given this 4 stars.

Keeley Murdoch catches her fiance, the night before her wedding, in a compromising position with her best friend and maid of honor. Needless to say, Keeley throws a 'Hissy Fit' in front of everyone, and calls off the wedding. Her daddy is kicked out of the country club, due to her 'episode.'

I loved the characters, and t
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Cindy
Aug 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read, 2012-read
I am re-reading this book and having just as much fun this time as I did the first time!

What if you were at the rehearsal dinner for your wedding and walked in on your husband to be and your maid of honor having sex? Well, Keeley throws a big hissy fit hence the name of the book!
The story is about much more than that; a father who raises his daughter alone after her mother leaves and the mystery surrounding this disappearance, it is the fun search for antiques as Keeley restores an old antebellu
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Lyndee
Sep 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was hoping for some good fluff having just read another Mary Kay Andrews book, but this was not what I was looking for. Keeley, the main character, is just an asshole. Will, the handsome rich guy she's supposed to hook up with eventually- also an asshole. Her gay best friend, Austen, is offensively stereotypical. Somewhere in this book, a character is described as "oriental-looking." For what purpose? Are we to find the characters ignorant or the author? At one point Keeley is surprised to see h ...more
TBML
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the Branigan BookClub selection for September 2005.

What do you do if, at your wedding rehearsal dinner, you discover your husband-to-be and your maid of honor furiously boinking like rabbits in the Country Club Boardroom? If you're Keeley Murdock of Madison GA, you throw a monumental HISSY FIT!

OK, so the story is a bit predictable and contains almost every cliche known to writers, but it is hilarious! If you're looking for a fast, fun read that leaves you hot and bothered and wanting mo
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Inkvotary
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can read all my reviews on my blog Gone With The Books too.

This novel caught my attention when I was asked some months back if I wanted to read something out of the German publishers new program last year. The cover and the summary made me curious and after I had read it, it was clear to me that I wanted more books written by the author.

I do have another written by her laying on my TBR, so I am not running out of her beautiful and witty novels.

This was the first, Ive read and I had a great
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Tammy
First sentence: "If it had not been for my fiance's alcoholic cousin Mookie I feel quite sure that my daddy would still be a member in good standing at the Oconee Hills Country Club."

Interior designer Keeley Rae Murdock thinks she has her life perfectly designed clear down to the leather club chairs and Oriental rug for her starter home. But then she discovers her fiance, A.J. Jernigan, and best friend, Paige, in a compromising position on the boardroom table of the Oconee Hills Country Club dur
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Laura
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Mary Kay Andrews book, and overall I was pleasantly surprised.

I really took a liking to the author. I thought her writing was excellent for a chick lit novel, the plot was good and kept you guessing, and the characters were very well developed and likable. I loved the setting: a small Southern town in Georgia. The setting really does make this the perfect summer beach read.

My only gripe about this book was that sometimes the "interior design lingo" and "descriptions" got a li
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Michelle
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FUN! Mary Kay Andrews is hilarious. This is the second of her books that I've read, and they were both wonderfully funny, and full of great, well-developed characters. The main character is very likeable and someone who most people will relate to on some level.

This is definitely a chick-lit, vacation, read-on-the-beach type of book. It's a quick, enjoyable read. Not too heavy, not a lot of work to plow through it, just an entertaining story. I want to get another of this author's books immediate
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Colleen
Another hit by Mary Kay Andrews. This book has been sitting in my TBR pile for awhile (along with a few of her others) - I'm so glad I finally decided to read it. Such a great book! What stopped me from giving it 5 stars was the ending. I don't want to give anything away, but it bothered me the way it ended. I wanted to know more and I wanted to know how they got there. Other than that, the book was typical Mary Kay Andrews - funny, charming and it will pull at your heart strings.
Debbie
Definitely light reading and purely chick lit but still very funny and enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In places I laughed out load. We would all have a "hissy fit" in a situation like this. What she does after the hissy fit is what counts.
Debbie
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has so many twists and turns in the story that it is hard to put down. If you have never read MKA start here, if she is a favorite author you'll love this one. Everyone deserves a Hissy Fit now and again.
Ellenjsmellen
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
Recommended by a fellow goodreader. This was cute. When bride to be/interior designer in small town Georgia found her groom getting it on with her maid of honor on the boardroom table at the country club during the rehearsal dinner, she threw the hissy fit of a century.
Teresa Drelick
This was so much fun. One of those books you look forward to reading at the end of the day just to clear the sludge out of your brain.
Kirsten Rodning
May 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Masochists
This was the worst book I have ever read. Move over Hemingway, move over Dostoevsky, there's a new terrible author in town. Now, I almost never read chick lit, which this definitely is, and that may have colored my opinion, but there were several specific incidents in this book that really angered me. Let's start with the sexual abuse/sexual assault apologizing. Late in the book, the female protagonist is minding her own business in her own home when her cheating ex-fiance decides to let himself ...more
Mary Zigo
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It is light, fun, and transports you right into the middle of the well developed characters lives! It is a feel good book and I look forward to reading more of Mary Kay Andrews!!! Super summer read!
Justlulu
Eh. Not my cup of tea.
78sunny
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich bin ein großer Fan der Autorin. Von ihren ins deutsche übersetzten Werken habe ich so gut wie alle gelesen. Ausnahmslos alle haben mir sehr gut gefallen und so war ich mir ziemlich sicher, dass "Zurück auf Liebe" mich ebenfalls sehr gut unterhalten wird. Ich wurde nicht enttäuscht.

Die Aufmachung finde ich wieder klasse. Ich liebe die Cover, die der Verlag für die Bücher der Autorin aussucht. Man erkennt immer gleich, dass es sich um ein Mary Kay Andrews Buch handelt und doch sind sie untersc
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Leslie
Sep 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time I knew anything about a Mary Kay Andrews book was when I was traveling all the time and getting Books-on-Tape out of the library. I loved the ones by Southern writers, especially women. On a long drive that usually started at four in the morning, these witty books read by a Southern voice kept me awake and alert and laughing.

Savannah Blues was one of the audio books I borrowed from the Patrick County Library, and I laughed aloud most of the way up the state of Virginia on my drive
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Stacey
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacey by: Ginger O'Rear
When Keeley catches her fiancé in the throws of passion with her best friend (and Maid of Honor) on the boardroom table at the Country Club during their rehearsal dinner all Hell breaks loose and Keeley pitches the Hissy Fit to end all Hissy Fits! Trying to forget about her scum sucking fiancé and slutty best friend Keeley dives into her work as an interior decorator and thus the fun begins.
Keeley is hired to make over Mulberry Hill; an old plantation house recently purchased by Will Mahoney for
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Yrinsyde
Apr 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: American girls who love chick-lit
Shelves: public-library
There is an immediate problem with this book is obvious to the reader who isn't American: it has been written for American women and not for those who live in other parts of the world. Why is this obvious? Well, as the heroine of the book is an interior designer, many products (not just furnishing but food also) are mentioned (many US so it is difficult to picture what these are. But if you have a good imagination and can visualise what these may be, or substitute them for others well known to y ...more
Jennifer
Dec 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mark
This was the Branigan BookClub selection for September 2005.

What do you do if, at your wedding rehearsal dinner, you discover your husband-to-be and your maid of honor furiously boinking like rabbits in the Country Club Boardroom? If you're Keeley Murdock of Madison GA, you throw a monumental HISSY FIT!

OK, so the story is a bit predictable and contains almost every cliche known to writers, but it is hilarious! If you're looking for a fast, fun read that leaves you hot and bothered and wanting mo
...more
Lisa Eirene
Feb 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I needed a fluffy "Brainless" book after reading a bunch of heavy, dark, depressing books. This was definitely brainless...

It seemed to me like the author had no idea what she was writing about. There were like 4 story lines. The cheating fiance caught the night before the wedding. The home interior design project with the dashing rich guy whom she may or may not be dating?? The mystery involving her mother's death 20 years ago (which had no relevance to any of the story). The weird creepy infat
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Ani
Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Ani by: Found at the library
This is one of my favorite Mary Kay Andrews books.

It was filled with tension from beginning to end. Call me a school girl I like my books and my romantic movies that way.

The heroine which is always southern, others may find a problem about reading a book whose character is American and from the south, but I didn't. I'm from the North and not American by birth but I enjoy reading things not about myself. I learn more that way.

Anyway the main character takes no guff from beginning to end.

As a s
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Lisa
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must have confused Mary Kay Andrews with another writer. I thought I was getting a cute little novel that was pure fluff. I was pleasantly surprised with a cute little novel that was pure sass! Keely was a feisty, likable character. I'm going with three stars instead of four because there were one or two issues I had with her and I didn't really understand Will's motivation with Stephanie. There was also a piece of the plot that could have been resolved better. Also, there was a bit of "Go on ...more
Sherri Hunter
Very good story. The 25 year old mystery surrounding Keeley's mother's disappearance came as a surprise. I really liked the characters. I thought Austin was a hoot and the chemistry between Keeley and Will was fantastic. I tried to hate A.J. but couldn't when he turned out to be half-way decent to Keeley when she confronted his father. I was glad to see him and his mother and brother finally take a stand against "Big Drew" for a change. I don't think I'll try the recipe at the end of the book fo ...more
Kim
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great one by Mary Kay Andrews. Keeley finds her fiance screwing her maid of honour the night before her wedding. She then throws a huge "hissy fit". The novel then goes to show how she dealt with the aftermath of that event. Funny and filled with a bit of mystery too. The only thing I hated was that the main characters got together too late in the end. The chase for Keeley's mother was very interesting as well.
McKayla
Okay not to happy with this one. It was a good story but missing so much of the romance that is supposed to be in a romance novel. Who cares about her and her ex fiance I want to know what happens with her and Will! Where was that story? I felt betrayed that I read this book and was let down! So much for losing yourself in a book.
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Mary Kay Andrews is the pen name of American writer Kathy Hogan Trocheck, based in Atlanta, who has authored a number of best-selling books under the Andrews pen name since 2002.

Trochek graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree in 1976. She worked as a reporter at a number of papers, and spent 11 years as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before leaving to wri
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