Book Review: Diary of a Mad Fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee

12 Sep

My review:  1.5 out of 5 stars

I appear down right prudish compared to the main character of this novel, Ace Jones.  Her boldness was not endearing at all.  The girl is raw.  Sure she’s chubby and has a biting sense of humor, but those assets were not well applied. 

This book is not due for publication until February 2012 but I purchased it in July for 99 cents through Barnes and Noble and some special offer they had going for Nooks.  I don’t know what the offer was exactly but I suspect the book was not through its final editing since I found lots of spelling and grammatical errors.  Even with those, the story was a quick read – not too much thinking you need to do.  I am really surprised it’s still being sent to store shelves, but based on the reviews some people really thought it was funny. 

I feel like the author is a very shy person trying to write as a character who is her polar opposite. It’s as if the character could only be developed based on what someone would see from the outside, which is how a shy person would see someone like Ace.

As someone who has been described as both  sassy and obnoxious I’ve found that ‘obnoxious’ is used before someone knows me and ‘sassy’ is used once they get used to my style and discover my good qualities.  Ace stayed as obnoxious in my opinion because the book never got past those aspects of her personality to make her anything but. 

Her behavior was funny on pages 1-5 but no longer funny after that. I will give credit and say I was able to finish it (more on my issues with that later) but I can’t say I was all that proud of my accomplishment it in the end.

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