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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236494
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In her hilarious debut novel, McAfee has skillfully fashioned Ace as the Southern ironed-fisted maiden, minus the velvet glove, and swathed her story with humor, romance, and intrigue." ---Library Journal Starred Review --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Stephanie McAfee was born in Mississippi and now lives in Florida with her husband, young son, and chiweenie dog.

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Stephanie McAfee is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Mad Fat Girl series. A Mississippi native, she now lives in Colorado.

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This was an enjoyable book which was a fun, light read.
thejewel
"Diary" is the funniest thing I've read in a LONG time, and I think many people can relate to Ace; she says things I wish I could!
critters
At least all of these story lines are resolved at the end of the book.
Urs

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163 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Melinda W Melvin on February 22, 2011
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If you like to laugh, read this book.
If you like to save money and laugh, read this book.
If you like sassiness and silliness, read this book.
If you are from the South and you understand that "because they needed it" should be grounds for a trial acquittal, read this book.
If you read books for accuracy and proper grammatical usage, you might wanna just walk on by.
If you think that no one should gain satisfaction from another person's unfortunate consequences, you won't like this book.
If you don't understand the healing quality of frozen peas, well, just stick with books written by scholars.
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73 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Aly-oops! on January 31, 2011
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This wasn't really a romance as much as a "girlfriends" tale. The story is about Graciela (Ace), Lilly, & Chloe and is told from Ace's POV.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS:

All work at the local school of a small town, & the book starts off with a bang when Lilly is accused of having an affair with an 18yo student. Chloe is married to a cheating, abusive, upstanding member of the community (Richard). And Ace is a size 16, cynical, & missing the man (Mason) she left 3 years ago. The story revolves mostly around Ace & Lilly as they stalk Chloe's husband in an effort to prove he's cheating, hopefully providing Chloe with enough motivation to divorce him. Unexpected assistance comes in the form of an elderly, wealthy woman, Mrs. Gloria Peacock.

Between pulling guns on abusive, cheating husbands, dressing like drag queens to infiltrate titty bars, being arrested a couple times, & obtaining photo evidence of her evil boss' "extra-curricular" activities, Ace is in for a pretty raucous good time. This books is fun & fast-paced. Definitely worth reading!

I opted to rate this only 4 stars mainly because of how the relationship between Ace & her man is left. They never actually resolve the issues surrounding their initial break-up of three years prior, yet they're all happy & peachy-keen by the end. Even though the story doesn't revolve around the romance, it still left a bad taste in my mouth, especially since the book ended on a romantic note. Mason should've answered Ace's concerns, & Ace shouldn't have been so easily placated. Simple enough.

All-in-all, this book is great & totally worth 99 cents. Enjoy!
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174 of 218 people found the following review helpful By S. Vogt on February 12, 2011
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I have to wonder what those who gave this book 5 stars were thinking. It was a marginal effort at best. I downloaded it because it was 99 cents and the reviews promised that it was a well written and witty book. While the part about it being 99 cents held true, it certainly wasn't well written or witty. The domestic violence (and subsequent revenge violence) plot line was anything but funny. It also wasn't a dramatic tale that had me begging for more. The book as a whole was just...there. Meh. The constant use of profanities certainly didn't make me want to keep reading, nor did the poorly developed characters and the barely there plot. Not worth the few hours it took to read, even if it was 99 cents.

And please, for the love of grammar, someone teach this author the difference between "your" and "you're!"
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Annie B VINE VOICE on March 9, 2011
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While admittedly this is an obvious first novel attempt and could have used a good editor to clean up some of the problems and, yes, the language, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Many times I found myself laughing and that is always a good thing for me.

What makes this a 4-star book to me rather than a 3-star one is that I did enjoy the fast-paced story and feel it is worth overlooking some problems. I really liked the main character's voice, and, again, the book did make me laugh.

If you're in the mood for something quick, light, amusing with a happy ending, you could do a lot worse than this book. I hope to see more from this author and her work as it matures.

Overall, a good first effort.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on March 25, 2011
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The book truly is laugh out loud funny. Too bad it's poorly written with a threadbare plot. Like another reviewer stated, the constant use of metaphors was as overdone as a burnt hot dog on the grill (I couldn't resist - now imagine having those throughout the entire book). If she could tap into her humor more, find a decent storyline and lay off the metaphors, she could be a truly fun author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Showen on June 28, 2011
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I enjoyed the story, funny one-liners and entertaining characters. The book could use some editing, so don't bother if that is a deal breaker for you. It is "mind candy", but sometimes mind candy is just what I need.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C Mayfair on March 9, 2011
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Overall I liked this story. It was fun, interesting with a few fun characters. Kind of hard to like the heroine, she seems a little too full of her own bavado for her own good. I have two main issues, the irritating overuse of overthought similes, or maybe too many adjectives in general. You would have to read it to see what I mean. And I reget to say that even though this is a work of ficton, a domestic "situation" would never pan out that way. Anyway, for the price it's worth it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Crystal in Miami on May 29, 2011
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I bought this book because of another review that commented on the witty dialog and the humor. However, there wasn't much to like about this book. The protagonist isn't likable, she's mean and petty. Her friends are shallow and annoying and the author never turns this around or redeems them, though I believe it's intended. Throw in some ridiculous, unbelievable stuff like a pseudo-fairy godmother and convenient cameras strategically placed around town to catch just what's needed, and the combination reads like something an 8th grader would throw together, detangling conflict as fast as possible with no real effort on the behalf of the main characters. Finally, the author spins some mysteries about things that happen peripherally and then leaves them there. It was just disappointing all around. I wouldn't give it away if I could.
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