Reviewer Candace Lybarger: Candace is a young wife, mother, and lover of all books. She received her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University. Candace taught 3rd grade until an opportunity presented itself where she could work from home and be with her toddler. In addition to spending time with her family, Candace enjoys reading, music, history, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Her perfect day in a nutshell would be sitting in the sun with a book...or two!
Author: Stephanie McAfee
Publisher: NAL Trade
Hello, my name is Candace and I am addicted to the Stephanie McAfee series revolving around the loud and crazy Graciela 'Ace' Jones. I flipping LOVE Ace, the main character of McAfee's Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, Happily Ever Madder, and now Down and Out in Bugtussle. I truly think McAfee struck literary gold when she first wrote about the adventures of Ace and her friends. McAfee's latest book involving Ace will be released in the beginning of July. However, I got lucky enough to receive Down and Out in Bugtussle before its release date and I have to say I LOVED it just as much as I loved the first two books in the series.
Back in Bugtussle, Ace is nursing a wounded heart but surrounded by her best friends Chloe, Lilly, and Jalena. With her teaching position taken over by a new teacher, Ace finds herself the low woman on the totem pole as she becomes a permanent substitute teacher, a definite step backward. Ace has big hopes of winning her job back and can't wait to see the new snobby teacher fired. Ace also makes two new teacher friends. Stacey is another long term sub and a lover of all 80's rock with the big hair to prove it. She marches to the beat of her own drum and Ace can't help but like her. As for the sassy and spectacular Freddie, Ace wants to dislike him since he is BFF's with her rival. However, as she gets to know him she finds herself drawn to him and his outspoken ways.
Throughout Down and Out in Bugtussle, Ace finds herself coming to the aid of Chloe and Lilly, both of whom are having difficulties in their personal relationships. Ace also starts unraveling a mystery involving her deceased grandmother's love life. By following clues that she discovers in her grandmother's plant book, Ace makes it her goal to find out just her her dear grandma was.
I found myself laughing out loud at the situations Ace and Stacey found themselves in. Their new friendship is heartwarming and hilarious and I loved every minute of it. I enjoyed how McAfee had Ace hanging out with various friends, not just her bestie's Lilly, Chloe, and Jalena. Ace is frequently with Stacey, Freddie, Hatter, Cameron, and her elderly friends including Birdie.
I definitely recommend
Stephanie McAfee's Down and Out in Bugtussle: The Mad Fat Road to
Happiness. This book is the PERFECT beach/pool read. The
ending of Down and Out in Bugtussle was left open and didn't have a
ton of closure so I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment in
the Ace Jones series.
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