Last weekend I started and finished Diary of a Mad Fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee as a part of Blogher Book Club.
The story follows a trio of three girlfriend, Graciela (Ace), Lilly, and Chloe through a fast paced series of adventures and mishaps in the small town of Bugtussle, Mississippi. While the writing is lighthearted, the storyline is not: abuse, affairs, and other scandals made public by community members in this small Southern town. Stephanie McAfee takes you on a ride into their lives and quickly proves you should never scorn a southern woman. Especially if her friends happen to be the perfect combination of charming, yet revenge-hungry.
Like I mentioned, I read the entire book this weekend. I actually read it, start to finish, on the roundtrip flight from Dallas to New Orleans. So, you are looking at about a three hour read here. This book is absolutely ideal as a beach read, or for an afternoon where you want to simply relax and escape for a couple of hours. English majors who are constantly looking for symbolism and hidden meaning may not enjoy this book. You aren’t going to find that here. What you will find is crass humor, deep friendships, a little bit of romance, and a whole lot of southern fun. It is a highly enjoyable read. If you would like to check out some of the discussion topics or read about how the author got published, check out Blogher’s Diary of a Mad Fat Girl page.
And for those that have read it, did anyone else picture Ethan Allen as Bobby Ray from Sweet Home Alabama?
This is a paid review for Blogher Book Club; however, the opinions expressed are all my own. If I didn’t like it, I’d tell you.