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DIARY OF A MAD FAT GIRL
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
This book fails the reader from its very first impression: Diary of a Mad Fat Girl has a slender girl on the cover. It only goes downhill from there, with a variety of clichéd characters, dizzying points of view, a distracting and poorly edited writing style and dialogue that sounds as if it were written for a middle-school class play. Much as we all want to love and relate to our mad, fat girlfriends (or we are her!) this novel falls far short of the mark.
Graciella “Ace” Jones is a high school teacher with attitude, an ample waistline and a tendency to attract trouble. When she discovers her vacation with her best friend is being cancelled — over a man — she decides to find out what her two best friends have been hiding from her. Then her dear friend Lilly is fired from her own teaching position for allegedly having relations with a student and things in their small town get even more dodgy. Ace is just the girl to get to the bottom of this mystery. (NAL, Feb., 368 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs
Published: February 2012