Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee
This book should come with a warning label that reads something like: “Do not read this book when you’re in a quiet area where you’re not supposed to disturb others.” I haven’t laughed out loud this much while reading a book in awhile. I kept my husband awake, disturbed the toddler while playing …all because I was laughing so hard.
This is the sequel to McAfee’s Diary of a Mad Fat Girl (which was just as good—although I would say that McAfee is just getting better and better). Here Graciela (Ace) Jones moves to Florida to be with her fiancé and live her dream of running her own art gallery. Ace, who might be described as someone who has a bit of a temper, is determined she’s going to be nice. She tells herself that she’ll keep that awesome Southern attitude in check and be sweet as pie. Well, it’s not that easy for Ace to hide who she really is especially when confronted with a few mean ladies of Pelican Cove society—especially one Lenore Kennashaw. Thankfully Ace makes some great friends she can rely on while her fiancé Mason is working long hours at his law firm. Too many mean run-ins with those ladies of Pelican Cove lead Ace and her friends on a mission to reveal who Lenore really is.
If you haven’t read McAfee's first book, grab it quick and then snap this one up. The ending will make you nuts, but I am relieved to see that the next one, Down and Out in Bugtussle: The Mad Fat Road to Happiness, will come out in July (and we will have it at the library). If you enjoy the humor of Janet Evanovich and Dave Barry, you’ll have fun with this.