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DOWN AND OUT IN BUGTUSSLE
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
A fun read, McAfee’s latest tale starring Graciela “Ace” Jones entertains us with a character who’s complex and very realistic. Readers will cheer her on as she struggles, not only with her love life and career, but also with the basic problem of not fitting into her clothes.
Now that her fiancé is a thing of the past, Ace has hightailed it back to her hometown of Bugtussle, Miss. But life back home isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. She’s stuck working as a substitute teacher, and her shambles of a love life isn’t helped by her two best friends setting her up on a never-ending string of horrible blind dates. Now, Ace has also found a bunch of notes that suggest her grandmother used to have a special someone. With Buster Loo by her side, Ace is determined to find out all about her grandmother’s secret life, all while hoping her not-so-secret one doesn’t completely implode on her — again. (NAL, Jul., 350 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Lauren DuBois
Published: July 2013