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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451238052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451238054
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Southern-fried Janet Evanovich” —Booklist
 
“Ace Jones is a hoot!” —Wendy Wax, author of Ten Beach Road

“Ace Jones is my kind of girl: her outsize appetite for life, plus a dangerously low tolerance for losers, get her into one impossible fix after another.”—Sophie Littlefield, author of A Bad Day for Scandal

“Meet Graciela ‘Ace’ Jones, a wildcat Southern version of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.” —Library Journal

About the Author

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

More About the Author

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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Customer Reviews

Overall, a quick and entertaining read.
Debbi Johnson
I am so excited to read the third book and figure out what happens to Ace.
Samantha J
It is such a good story and the characters are so well developed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
I loved Ace Jones in Diary of A Mad Fat Girl, so I started Happily ever Madder fully expecting to be treated to another over the top adventure featuring my favorite fat girl with an attitude. What I found was a story that was a bit calmer than the first installment of the series, and ultimately more satisfying. Ace has the same edge, but this time around she's trying very hard to be NICE. Not an easy thing for her, even if she is currently living her dream, with an art gallery of her own and a handsome fiancé. We don't see much of her usual friends from Bugtussle, but the author treats us to a whole group of new characters ready to cause trouble with Ace. Buster Loo remains my absolute favorite dog character, and even though I wouldn't pass this book on to me seventy two year old mother due to language and Ace's fondness for drinking and loving, this remains my favorite chick lit series.

There weren't as many laugh out loud moments in this book, but there seemed to be a lot more heart. I enjoyed this story better than its predecessor, and could really see how much the author had grown as a writer. Don't be discouraged by a curiously awkward first chapter or two that feature some cringe worthy dialogue. Stick with it and you will once again find yourself in Ace's world. I always knew that Ace could do anything she put her mind to, and I'm glad to see the author is letting her spread her wings. She's taking this character in new and unexpected directions, and I can't wait to read her next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie A. Baute on January 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Happily Ever Madder is the sequel to Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. It is pretty necessary to read the first one before this one. It had been quite awhile since I had read Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, and I honestly didn't remember everything. The previous book was recapped pretty well, and I remembered enough to know what was going on.
It took me a couple of chapters to get into this one. Then, there was a part that had me laughing so hard that I remembered why I liked the first book so much. I would say there weren't quite as many laugh out loud moments, but there were enough chuckles that I was entertained throughout. Also, I think the actual story was better in this book.
So, Ace moved to Pelican Cove from Bugtussle to be with the love of her life J. Mason McKenzie. She spent a lot of time getting together an art gallery, and now she's opening it. Now that it is open and she has a lot more free time, Mason is super-consumed with a big case. Add in some snotty rich people with too much time, a really funny home owners association, some new friends to replace the old ones (seriously, how did she make such awesome friends so fast?!), and the hottest man Ace has ever seen and you get quite a story.
I love that Ace is trying (just trying) to be more friendly and positive. I love that she is a real-sized person that loves to eat bad food. And I love all of the crazy adventures the participates in, ones that might just end with police involvement. I am not sure how I feel about the ending. It is definitely open for another book to follow, and that makes me happy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Rollins on January 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
Ace moves to a coastal town in Florida where her fiancee has bought her an art gallery, so she can display her own work. She no longer has to teach, worry about bills, or keep a schedule. Life is good, right? Not really, her soon-to-be husband works non-stop. When he is not working, he is talking about work. Then, there is Kevin. You know that incredibly sexy "aw-shucks" kind of guy that can give you absolutely no future? That is Kevin. She is extremely hot for him, and she realizes that she should not be. Will she give in and have a tumble in the hay with him?

The women of this snooty coastal town are enough to drive anyone mad. That is exactly what they do to Ace. Ace is not one to turn the other cheek; though I do not think she is above mooning anyone. I digress. Just what she does to get even is every spunky woman's dream. Can she pull off the mother of all revenge plans?

You do not have to read Diary of a Mad Fat Girl before reading Happily Ever Madder. Both are wonderful books, though. The characters are the kind that you bond with. You will want to read both books, and you will insist that Stephanie McAfee keep on writing. I do recommend wearing a panty liner while reading this. I peed my pants a few times, because I laughed so hard. This is chick lit at its finest. There is a bit of raunchy language/talk. If you are the type of woman who doesn't blush often, this book is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Kay on December 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Graciela Jones "Ace" has just moved to Pelican Cove, FL to live with her long time love and fiancé, Mason. Not only is she about to marry the man she's loved most of her life, but she is opening an art gallery--a dream come true. On the opening night of her gallery, Ace finds she's made an enemy of socialite, Lenore Kennashaw.

Even though all her dreams seem to be coming true, Ace finds herself wanting hot construction worker Kevin. She can't seem to get her dirty mind off him and all his hunkiness. She wouldn't have so much time to think about Kevin, but the gallery is well boring. Not nearly as glamorous as she thought it would be oh and even at home she has time on her hands because Mason is ALWAYS at work.
After Ace starts settling in to her new life, she makes a group of great girlfriends to hang out with and even meets some of the neighbors. Do not get her started on the crazies running the homeowners association!

Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl is the sequel to Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. I have not read the first book, and I would say you don't have to, but my guess is I would have enjoyed the second book more had I connected more to Ace. I really didn't `get her' or her big attitude.

I really couldn't relate to Ace and I felt she was very immature for her age. Even though I really didn't connect with her, I did find the book to be somewhat funny and over the top. Not really my thing, but if you are looking for a light easy read I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

I would mention there is language in this book (*not a judgment! I felt her use of language worked for her characters, this is just to let people know).
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