I love books. LOVE them. So when I got the opportunity to review a book for the BlogHer Book Club I jumped at the chance.
If I had to describe Stephanie McAfee’s Diary of a Mad Fat Girl in one word, I’d say it was fun. I read most of it during my lunch breaks at work. (I’m that woman you see at lunch with a book in one hand and a fork in the other. As a mom of four, that is my ‘me’ time and I enjoy the opportunity to shove my nose in a book and read in relative peace and quiet.)
I very much liked the ‘kiss my butt’ attitude of the main character Ace. She’s the woman I would be if I wasn’t so darn worried about what people would think.
I actually read the book twice. The first time thorough, I almost felt like the author was trying too hard to paint a picture of Ace’s world. Lots of descriptive words and phrases and I felt like she was trying almost a little too hard to draw us into the story. After a bit, I realized that the issue might have been with me and not her writing.I grew up in the South. I didn’t NEED as much description in order to mentally plunk me right down in the middle of Bugtussle, Mississippi. (I was born and raised in Florida and had VERY southern grandparents.)
On the second reading, I let myself relax and just enjoy the characters and the story. When it was over, I was actually sad to say goodbye to them. I’m hoping that we haven’t seen the last of Ace or Bugtussle.
I’m a big Janet Evanovich fan. If you are too then I think you’ll likely enjoy Diary of a Mad Fat Girl very much. It is a light, fun read and perfect for those lunch breaks when you want to escape mentally for a bit...as long as you don’t mind people looking at you funny when you suddenly start laughing out loud...and you will. You might also spit soda all over the table and pages of the book (not that I would know anything about that).
This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.