Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Review: Happily Ever Madder and Diary of a Mad Fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee


Cute covers, right?  And I think they pretty well advertise what you're going to get in the books - a light-hearted look at the life of a non-traditional Southern belle.  Ace, our main character, doesn't play by the typical Southern belle rules, but I think all Southern women can recognize themselves in her.  She's got spunk coming out her ears and that spunk seems to get her into some very precarious situations - especially when her friends get involved.  Both books follow Ace through some seriously hilarious situations and showcase her true Southern assets - a smart mouth and a fierce loyalty to the people she loves.

Writing
We're not necessarily talking a believable world, or even truly believable characters, but I don't think that's what the author is going for.  If the reader can relax and suspend a little disbelief about the number of hairy situations one person can find herself in, you're in for an immensely pleasurable ride.  The books may not be the most believable, but they ARE straight up hilarious.

Entertainment Value
Again, if you can relax and enjoy the books for what they is - ridiculously funny - you're going to be entertained.  It may be less appealing to those who don't typically enjoy Southern fiction and it will also appeal less to those who are put off by language and sex.  Otherwise, I say definitely pick it up.  Entertainment is the book's main appeal, as opposed to the writing. 

McAfee is hilarious and has totally captured a side of the South that frequently goes unwritten - at least as far as heroines are concerned.  Rather than giving us a cultured Southern belle with a peaches and cream personality, we get a personality who is often relegated to side-kick or even villain: the loud-mouth, outspoken, fierce firecracker.  And I liked that - a lot.

Thanks to Jessica and the Penguin Group for giving me the opportunity to read and review both of these.  

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