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Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2007

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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 (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,895,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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The whole Bobbie Faye series is a hoot. It is a farfetched but version of some of the characteristics of life in Southern Louisanna. There were scenes set in an activity common to the area that are extremely funny send ups and had me laughing out loud. Many of the expressions used I had to read to my husband immediately. They are funnier in the context of the book. You can read the Bobbie Faye books in any order and enjoy them.
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Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day - A Review

If you like Stephanie Plum or Bree MacGowan you're going to love Toni McGee Causey's Bobbie Faye! I was a bit worried for the first couple of pages because I had no idea what was coming. But about the time we're introduced to Roy, Bobbie Faye's brother, the action kicks in and it's non-stop action with plenty of F-bombs and snark to keep you smiling.

I don't review books often, or especially well, but I can't help but tell you about Bobbie Faye. She's likable and loyal and nowhere close to perfect - just the kind of gal I can relate to. In fact I can't help but think a few wrong turns and my life could be hers. Anyway...

The writing is especially good. I can't remember one time when the language or writing dropped me out of the story. Toni has a grasp on storytelling and she doesn't let the words get in the way. The writing is clean and crisp and carries the story along without a hitch. In fact, if the writing wasn't excellent I think I may have questioned the story line as slightly implausible, but I didn't. Toni's writing took me all the way to the end and I was delighted with the hilarious plot twists.

I also liked that I couldn't really tell who the man in Bobbie Faye's life would be until the very end. I wasn't certain how things would turn out, and that kept me reading way past my bedtime. But the read was well worth it and I'm glad I jumped Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day to the top of my TBR pile
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Bobbie Faye Sumral is a hilarious romp through a Cajun country experience. A flooding house trailer, a leaky washing machine, a kidnapped brother, a social worker's home evaluation, and a pirate festival's plans run amuck to open Bobbie Faye's day. If it weren't for bad luck, she wouldn't have any luck at all is truly her personal motto. It's a laugh-a-minute book in the style of Maggody, Arly Hanks Mysteries by Joan Hess. If you like Southern humor, you'll love this series. Bobbie Faye is a delightful disaster for those loving Southern slapstick humor.
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