Graciela “Ace” Jones is one fun girl to hang around. She’s got problems, but they are oh-such entertaining ones.
Ace’s best friend, and fellow high-school teacher, Lilly, cancels their annual spring break Panama City trip to spend time with a mysterious gentleman. Even worse, Lilly waits until the night before they were set to go to spring the news on Ace. So, Ace stays right there at home in good ol’ Bugtussle, Mississippi with no one but Buster Lou, her diminutive Chiweenie to keep her company.
Ace is mad, but when Lilly gets fired under suspicion of having an affair with a student(!), Ace becomes furious. Then her other close friend, Chloe, ends up in the hospital and it’s clear that Chloe’s dirt-bag husband put her there, but no one but Ace seems to be willing to do a thing about it.
As if all of that is not bad enough:
Ace’s on-again, off-again boyfriend walks back into her life, and into her house, while she wearing her holiest yoga pants and icing her “cooter” after an unfortunate accident on the gym’s elliptical machine…
Her boss hates her and is looking for any reason to fire her…
And Ace runs into trouble with the law while wearing a man’s dress. Seriously.
Reading Diary of a Mad Fat Girl was like spending a crazy-fun night out with a bunch of girlfriends. It kept me laughing all the way through. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and thought that they were like people I’d love to hang out with. (The only thing I didn’t really enjoy was that there was a bit more swearing than I usually put up with, but I am a literary prude and I don’t put up with much.)
If you are looking for an entertaining read, you won’t go wrong with this one.