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Author: Stephanie McAfee
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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