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Starred Review. Set in Lake Charles, La., Causey's hilarious, pitch-perfect debut chronicles one day in the life of 28-year-old Bobbie Faye Sumrall, a magnet for mayhem who feels "a day without disaster would be a day in someone else's life." For starters, a faulty washing machine floods the trailer home she shares with her five-year-old niece. Then she learns that kidnappers are holding Roy, her rogue of a younger brother, for ransom and want nothing less than the tiara inherited from her mother that Bobbie Faye plans to wear as the queen of the upcoming pirate-themed Contraband Days Festival. After a simple bank trip turns into a nightmare and thieves get away with the tiara, Bobbie Faye commandeers a truck and its hunky driver, Trevor, for a wild chase through bayou country. Friends cheer her on, while others take bets on her next calamity. Causey doesn't miss a beat in this wonderful, wacky celebration of Southern eccentricity. (May)
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Bobbie Faye Sumrall is a one-woman demolition derby, a certifiable spitfire with a mean mouth, meaner attitude, and a head-bashingly awful streak of luck. The one good thing in her life is her tenure as the reigning queen of Lake Charles, Louisiana's Contraband Days festival, an exalted title bequeathed to her by her late mother that entitles her to wear the tiara made by her great-times-four grandfather. It's a tacky thing, to be sure, but still the most precious possession she has. So when her lowlife brother is kidnapped and the tiara demanded as ransom, Bobbie Faye must figure out how to rescue him without relinquishing the crown. General mayhem ensues: banks are robbed, hostages taken, trucks shot, buildings blown up. Pretty much a normal day in the life of Bobbie Faye. For erstwhile Ya-Ya Sisters and readers who like their heroines hot-blooded, Causey's feisty and foul-mouthed but lovable party queen is a welcome new addition to the parade of plucky good ol' southern gals. Carol Haggas
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312354487
  • ASIN: B001O9CEJQ
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Toni McGee Causey is the author of the critically acclaimed and nationally bestselling "Bobbie Faye" novels--an action/caper series set in south Louisiana; the series was released in back-to-back publications, beginning with CHARMED AND DANGEROUS, GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE GUNS, and WHEN A MAN LOVES A WEAPON. She is also a contributor to the USA Today Bestselling anthology LOVE IS MURDER, as well as the KILLER YEAR and the DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO MISS NEW ORLEANS anthologies.

While pursuing an MFA in Screenwriting, Toni had scripts optioned by prominent studios and recently produced an indie film, LA-308, which now has offers of distribution pending. Toni began her career by writing non-fiction for local newspapers, edited Baton Rouge Magazine, and sold articles to places like Redbook and Mademoiselle. In her copious spare time, she practiced her Ninja skills, though she can't prove it because no one ever saw her.

She and her husband, Carl, thrive in the French Quarter, where they're not the craziest ones on the block. Sometimes, they're not even second craziest. She and Carl have also owned and operated a civil construction company for over thirty years [hence, the crazy], with projects all over Louisiana, Mississippi, and south-eastern Texas. They are also working on a home/remodeling project in the Quarter. Her grown sons survived her (they might say 'barely' but they don't get to write the bio, ha!), with one becoming a SWAT police officer and one becoming a Firefighter. [In other words, Toni rarely sleeps.] Meanwhile, she and Carl are absolutely frothing-at-the-mouth proud of the two g-kids and three step-ish-g-kids (it's complicated, but it's all good).

One day, when she's grown up enough, she's going to get another puppy. This may take a while.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bob Sanchez on May 23, 2007
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Bobbie Faye Sumrall is the type of gal a guy could really be attracted to--in the same way a moth is attracted to a flame. This tart-tongued Cajun's day starts out with the destruction of her trailer and with her accidental parcticipation in a bank robbery, and this is before things start going downhill. Bobbie Faye is Contraband Days queen, and at the center of this insane romp of kidnapping, intrigue, suspicion, threats, car chases, gunfire, voodoo and a string of utter disasters is Bobby Faye's homely tiara. Bad guys want it and will kill to get it, even though it seems to be worthless; Bobbie Faye won't give it up because it represents her family's highest achievement.

Toni Causey's achievement is to pack so much disaster (and laughter) into a single day. Bobbie Faye's Very (Very, Very, Very) Bad Day is a lively, thoroughly enjoyable summer read.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By fezabel on June 27, 2009
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This is the exact same book as Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day. If it says anywhere on the book that it's a reprint, then it's very tiny print on the bottom of the back cover.

I love the story. I don't love the way the publisher has duped readers in order to boost book sales.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Simmons on May 20, 2007
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The canon of southern literature has a new voice. It belongs to Bobby Faye Sumrall and she's mad as hell. Bobby Faye is a human disaster magnet. She shoots better than a man, swears better than a sailor, kicks... well, you don't want to know what she kicks, and she doesn't know why the universe keeps sending bad luck her way but she sure does believe the best defense is a good offense. Toni Causey's hilarious cast of characters will rock and blast you through the worst day on the planet. You'll love the ride. But most of all, youy'll love Bobby Faye for being cute and dangerous at the same time and for showing you that falling in love isn't an emotional experience, it's an endurance trial.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 25, 2008
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I recently attended a panel discussion of authors in which one of those in attendance indicated that he didn't think of BOBBIE FAYE'S VERY (VERY, VERY, VERY) BAD DAY, Toni McGee Causey's debut novel, as a thriller. Fair enough. But I beg to differ, and mightily. Everything in this impressive work screams thriller. You have your explosions. You have your karate. You have your sex --- chaste, yes, but some of the descriptions of Bobbie Faye Sumrall, the erstwhile heroine of the piece, are difficult to get out of your mind. Thriller? Yes. Nonstop action, mystery and suspense. And laughs as well.

Anyone who has ever awakened to find that their day has started without them and already rolled behind the eight-ball will identify with Bobbie Faye, whose morning begins with a household crisis of mini-biblical proportions and flows downhill from there. On what should be the best day of her year --- when she reigns as queen of the Lake Charles, Louisiana Contraband Days Festival --- Bobbie Faye has to deal with the kidnapping of Roy, her no-good, waste-of-skin brother, the theft of her tiara (which is the only thing she inherited from her mother) and a police manhunt of which she is the subject. All Bobbie Faye has to do is recover her tiara, give it to her brother's kidnappers as ransom, keep what is left of her trailer from being ransacked, hold Children's Services at bay so they don't abscond with her niece, and reign supreme as festival queen.

How is Bobbie Faye going to do it? Easy. She kidnaps a guy in a bank parking lot. And her luck may be running true to form. Trevor, her "victim," is just a little too worldly, knows a bit too much about guns, helicopters and lock-picking, and is really good looking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 19, 2007
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In Lake Charles, Louisiana, twenty-eight years old Bobbie Faye Sumrall wonders what evil she must have done in a previous life to have so many catastrophes. Everyday is a day in which Murphy of law fame proves an optimist in Bobby Faye's mind. Somehow whatever could go wrong does; if by some miracle a day without disaster occurs, Bobbie Faye assumes she was either dreaming or living someone else's life.

Take today, a normal day in the life of the mistress of disaster. The washing machine inundates her trailer home with biblical level flood waters. Kidnappers have abducted her younger brother Roy (she does feel sorry for the felons) demanding her tiara as ransom. Although she needs the tiara to wear as queen of the Contraband Days Festival, she plans to do the right thing if not for Roy, for her five-year-old niece who lives with her. However, at the bank to get the tiara, thieves steal her precious jewelry. Bobbie Faye forces driver Trevor to take her in his truck to follow those thieves. This is just another day in the life of the mistress of disaster.

This is a wild lighthearted bayou tale stars a heroine who feels like a cloud is always over her head (think of JOE BTFSPLK of Li'l Abner fame). The story line is a zany series of vignettes as one thing after another goes wrong, which to Bobbie Faye is the norm in her mad, mad, mad, mad world. BOBBIE FAYE'S VERY (VERY, VERY, VERY) BAD DAY is a very good day for readers.

Harriet Klausner
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