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Maria Savva

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By Maria Savva
Published on December 26, 2012
 


Author: Stephanie McAfee
ISBN: 9780451238054
Publisher: New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.


Author: Stephanie McAfee
ISBN: 9780451238054
Publisher: New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s very funny and compulsive. I immediately connected with the main character and could not wait to find out what happened, and was keen to read on to find out what misadventures she got herself into. Happily Ever Madder is actually the sequel to Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, but I have not read the first book.

This novel reads well as a stand alone book because the author does a great job of making sure that the reader is up to date with all the goings on, and fills in the gaps where necessary. I liked the writing style; it’s  fluid, and easy to read. It’s written in the first person from the perspective of the main character Graciela ‘Ace’ Jones. The narrative style is like someone telling you a story about what happened to them, and makes it all the more intriguing, almost like reading someone’s diary.

In this novel, we meet Graciela Jones—or as she is most commonly known to her friends: Ace Jones—at a point where she has just moved from her home town of Bugtussle, Mississippi, to Pelican Cove, Florida.  She has moved there to start up an art gallery, a life-long dream, and also to start her new life with her fiancé, Mason. They plan to marry. We are told that Ace is a straight-talking woman who can sometimes get into trouble because of this, and she has vowed to herself that she will change her ways and try to be nicer. Unfortunately, the people she meets in Pelican Cove are not very nice, and this leads to trouble. Her art gallery is not doing as well as she would like, and her relationship with her fiancé is being tested.

There are so many realistic and true-to-life characters in this book, and some wonderfully eccentric characters. It’s an entertaining read. Ace Jones is a likable character and I found it very easy to sympathise with her problems. Her network of friends are all very interesting, and the interaction between them was realistic. This is the type of book where everyone will find a character they can relate to.

This is a must read book for chick-lit fans; it’s basically a romantic comedy. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to get lost in a good story.


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