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Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Graciela “Ace” Jones is a high school teacher and the star of Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. She is most certainly not your average high school teacher, just as this is most definitely not your average book.

Ace’s best friend Lily cancels their annual spring break trip to Panama City Beach the night before they are to leave. Ace’s bags are packed and she is furious at Lily for canceling at the last minute to spend the weekend with “the Gentleman.” Ace is further enraged because Lily won’t even tell her his name and has only been referring to him as “the Gentleman” since she met the mystery man.

Lily suggests that Ace call their friend Chloe to go with her instead, but Chloe has an abusive husband and isn’t allowed to do anything. Out of options, Ace holes up in her apartment – cleaning out her closets and hanging with her chiweenie Buster Loo. She attempts to go to the gym, but leaves soon after arriving because they don’t have A Fat Girls Only Work-Out Room and she doesn’t feel comfortable working out around the nearly model perfect women around her.

On Monday morning, Ace resumes her usual routine and goes to work. Luckily for us, her life is anything but routine and things escalate pretty quickly into Chloe calling Ace and Lily to her house. Chloe is convinced that her husband is cheating and asks her friends for help in finding proof. Ace and Lily are not private detectives, but they are hilarious as they tail Richard. The women even wind up dressed as hookers with clothes they rented from a transvestite shop in order to follow him into a strip club. When Richard spots them, a chase ensues and all chaos breaks out. I laughed out loud when Ace tried to explain to the police that they were not prostitutes and were only trying to get evidence on their friend’s cheating husband.

Diary of a Mad Fat Girl is a wonderful read. I highly recommend it to anyone. The sheer fun and antics it contains will amuse any reader – no matter what your preference of genre. This is the kind of book that I will be taking back off of the shelf to read time and time again.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by NAL Trade. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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