Down and Out in Bugtussle: The Mad Fat Road to Happiness

Down and Out in Bugtussle: The Mad Fat Road to Happiness

Stephanie McAfee / Jul 16, 2019

Down and Out in Bugtussle The Mad Fat Road to Happiness When her dream life in Florida with her now ex fianc goes south so does Ace she moves back home to Bugtussle Mississippi and into her late Gramma Jones little house But even though her best friends

  • Title: Down and Out in Bugtussle: The Mad Fat Road to Happiness
  • Author: Stephanie McAfee
  • ISBN: 9780451239907
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • When her dream life in Florida with her now ex fianc goes south, so does Ace she moves back home to Bugtussle, Mississippi, and into her late Gramma Jones little house But even though her best friends, Lilly and Chloe, are thrilled that she s returned home, not everything is smooth sailing Ace wants her job back as art teacher at the high school, but the beautiful CaWhen her dream life in Florida with her now ex fianc goes south, so does Ace she moves back home to Bugtussle, Mississippi, and into her late Gramma Jones little house But even though her best friends, Lilly and Chloe, are thrilled that she s returned home, not everything is smooth sailing Ace wants her job back as art teacher at the high school, but the beautiful Cameron Becker has no plans to relinquish that position Although Ace wants to run Miss Becker out of town, she accepts a job as a substitute teacher On top of her job woes, Ace s friends keep setting her up on blind dates when all she really wants is for people to stop meddling in her love life.In her quest to find inner peace, Ace takes up gardening and discovers old love letters in her grandmother s well worn gardening book With her faithful chiweenie, Buster Loo, by her side, Ace is determined to get to the bottom of her Gramma s secret life, all while hoping her own doesn t implode.

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      • Stephanie McAfee

        Like Elvis, I was born in Tupelo, Mississippi And while I m not the King or Queen of anything that I know of, I do have a white steed, a noble knight, and a royal court Ok, I m lying I have a brown chiweenie, a buck wild toddler, and if we line our Cars cars up just right I have lived in the Wild Wild West, but don t live there any because I discovered that some people belong in the south and I am one of those people Humidity, as it turns out, is not such a bad thing after all Neither are thunderstorms Plus I have a deep love and genuine appreciation for normal sweet tea, fresh seafood, SEC football, and large bodies of salty water So now I live in Florida I have a B.A in English from the University of Mississippi and I m a life long fan of the Ole Miss Rebels I also have an M.A in Secondary Education from the University of Alabama, which gives me the right yell Roll Tide every now and then Despite my solid educational background, my work history is what you might call checkered if you wanted to be nice It ranges from dispatching at my father s trucking company to teaching high school Spanish to temping at a technology consulting firm in Colorado Springs, Colorado Another thing about me One day, I decided to write a book It s called Diary of a Mad Fat Girl and I think it s pretty funny Maybe you might think it s funny too


    1. If you want deeply moving and a box of tissues, this is not the book for you. This is a fun, fast, light read. It was entertaining and I laughed so much. I loved the humor. Some of it was mean spirited but I loved the quick wit of it all. This was so funny. I've read the first 2 book in this series and loved them. I like Ace Jones and most of all, she is always in a state of progression, which I always appreciate. I will say that I have to be in the mood for this kind of book when I read them an [...]

    2. Hello, my name is Candace and I am addicted to the Stephanie McAfee series revolving around the loud and crazy Graciela 'Ace' Jones. I flipping LOVE Ace, the main character of McAfee's Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, Happily Ever Madder, and now Down and Out in Bugtussle. I truly think McAfee hit literary gold when she first wrote about the adventures of Ace and her friends. McAfee's latest book involving Ace will be released in the beginning of July. However, I got lucky enough to receive Down and Out [...]

    3. I really liked the book, but was disappointed that it had so much recapping in it, you defiantly don't have to read the first or second book, it back tracks that much. But it still has a good story line.

    4. Highly entertaining, laugh out loud funny! Stephanie McAfee has created a gem of a series!!

    5. Four stars: Ace is back funnier than ever!Ace packed up, closed her art gallery and left her former fiancé behind. She returned home to Bugtussle to her friends and her grandma's house. Even though it hurts to let go of her dreams, she is thankful to be back home among her friends. Ace accepts a job as a permanent substitute teacher in hopes of getting her old job back, but what Ace doesn't expect is to make some unlikely friends and grow a bit in spite of her issues with bullies and mean peopl [...]

    6. After breaking up with her fiancé, Ace has gone back home. But she is not sitting around nursing her wounds. She gets work as a substitute teacher and though she hopes that she will get her old job back, it doesn’t seem likely since that position has been filled. She has taken up residence in her grandmother’s home and wants to restore the gardens to their former glory. There’s a bit of a mystery about her grandmother’s life, and Ace wants to find out more about it. Though she is busy h [...]

    7. I came across this book while I was looking for something light to read on a plane. It fulfilled that requirement. I had not read the previous books in the series but it works as a stand alone story. The characters were believable as was the plot.

    8. Love this series! Laugh out loud laughter throughout the book. Love Ace and love Stacy! Is there a book 4?

    9. Another visit with Ace Jones!What fun these books are! Just the right blend of small town and crazy, with large scoops of old and new friendship mixed in!

    10. Like this character, funny, profane, amoralok, only sleeps around. Still, good writing, and I like seeing whats next.

    11. Listened for Review (Tantor Audio)Down and Out in Bugtussle: The Mad Fat Road to Happiness by Stephanie McAfeeOverall Rating: 2.50Story Rating: 3.00Character Rating: 2.00Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)First Thought when Finished: Ace is just not my kind of gal. We just didn't connect which happens occasionallyTE: Let me admit that I have not read the first two in the series and I think that is where my disconnect with the story/characters came from. If you are already a fan o [...]

    12. Graciella “Ace” Jones is back in town, that is Bugtussle, Mississippi. She’s left the man she thought was her future all-consuming love and now has to work as a substitute teacher. She’s hoping to be restored to her art teacher status, but Cameron Becker, a first year teacher, has that spot firmly rooted in spite of the fact she’s a disaster as a teacher. Ace’s friend Chloe is supporting Ace’s desire to work as a full-time art teacher, but the baggage of the past is clogging the pl [...]

    13. If you are a fan of Jennifer Crusie, you have to pick up this series. I laughed so hard at the end I gave myself a headache. This is one of the funniest, raunchiest books I have ever read.

    14. Ok, I’ll admit it – I primarily requested the audiobook because of the word Bugtussle in the title…it just made me giggle. Unfortunately for me that book didn’t live up to the humor that I was expecting. I don’t know if it was because I hadn’t read (or listened) to the previous 2 books in the series and didn’t know/previous read about the characters or what – but it just didn’t quite work for me. One of my first gripes was with the subtitle – the Mad Fat Road to Happiness – [...]

    15. Ace Jones was living her dream life in Florida with the perfect job and perfect man. She realized her dream was more of a nightmare and decided to move into her deceased grandmother’s house in Bugtussele, Mississippi. Ace was working as a substitute teacher in hopes of getting her art teacher job back from the new flirty teacher Cameron. But Cameron was not willing to give up her job so easily. Ace was a firecracker and having a ball with her teacher friends. She was also following in her gran [...]

    16. I received this book through the Firstreads program. Ace Jones is a foul-mouthed, beer-drinking plus-size sweetie with a heart as big as her cheetah print grannie panties. This is the third book in the series and I have not read the first two (but now I'm gonna) but I felt it worked well as a stand alone. I never felt like I was missing anything by not reading the first two (other than tons of fun and belly laughs.) Ace Jones kind of strikes me as a fictionalized Southern Jen Lancaster, who wri [...]

    17. Ace moves back to Bugtussle, Mississippi after realizing her dream life in Florida isn’t all so dreamy. Reconnecting with her best friends Lilly and Chloe is the easy part, getting her job as an art teacher back at the high school is not as easy. She accepts a job as a substitute teacher to keep an eye on Cameron, the beautiful woman who has her old job. After moving into her Gramma’s old house she finds her gardening books along with some secrets. Ace decides to get to the truth about her G [...]

    18. I picked this one up just because of its title. I mean Bugtussle sounds so fun, you know. The story is about a woman who returns to her hometown to recoup after her dreams come true and she finds them a bit of a let down. She takes a job working as a sub at the school where she used to be a full time teacher. She starts out really hating it and then makes some new friends and new discoveries about herself. I found this book to be a good read but it was a big slow here and there. I know this isn' [...]

    19. I received a copy of Down and Out in Bugtussle by Stephanie McAfee in exchange for an honest review.I’ve been having a lot of fun read Ace’s series, and I was just as excited to get to Down and Out in Bugtussle. I wondered how Ace was going to be now that she is back in Bugtussle after fleeing her seemingly-charmed life in Florida. I supported her decision in moving but was still curious how the pieces would fall into place for her. With the same wit, charm, and crass that readers are sure t [...]

    20. Most of the characters were innocuous, and the plot was overall inconsequential. I would've liked the book better had I not read the end; I kept thinking something important was going to happen, though, so I kept reading.Towards the end Ace veered into being an annoying bitch. In Ace-world it's apparently okay to treat TSA workers as less than human, then go get all weepy at the sight of soldiers leaving their families for Afghanistan, then bitch more about TSA workers (because no soldier in Afg [...]

    21. I won a free copy of Stephanie McAfee's Down and Out in Bugtussle as a first reader. I loved every word on every page of this delightfully funny book. I was totally entertained and on numerous occasions, was forced to stop reading as I was laughing too hard to see. This happened with such frequency that my husband banished me to do all my reading in a different room until I had finished the book. I enjoyed spending time with these high spirited and outspoken ladies and truly wished my friends w [...]

    22. I picked this book up thinking it would be in the style of Fannie Flagg, and was I ever wrong. I had never heard of this author. This book is about some teachers at a southern high school who are just as immature as their students. I was relieved that my child had not been a student there. It is about getting drunk every weekend, who is sleeping together, and cat fights among teachers in the hallways. I kept trudging through hoping it would improve, but I gave up when "Ace" was helping her frien [...]

    23. It's hard to be a fast reader and switch to an audio CD. Sometimes you feel like the story isn't moving fast enough--but a person can only speak so fast. Even taking that into account, this was a pretty slow-moving story. For 2/3 of the book, I kept waiting for something to happen TO the main character, instead of to the secondary characters around her. Or for the meat of the story to kick in. Most of the learning/growing/big reveals happened in the last 20% of the book--much further down the ro [...]

    24. Another winner by Stephanie McAfee! I identify in so many ways with the main character that I cannot help but love these books. Ace does some soul searching, and makes new friends, and has a different kind of attitude. I won't say new, because Ace is still as feisty as ever!I laughed out loud many times, and I am going to share a few of my favorite quotes from this book as well.Anyone would love these books I believe, but those of you from the South can probably identify more. And I am only an h [...]

    25. Cute book, fairly fast read, set in Northern MS, just east of the Delta. Ace/Graciela Jones has returned home after a failed attempt at running her own art gallery and a failed romance on the Florida Gulf Coast. Ace has to re-evaluate her life, dreams and goals. Can you really go back home? Her bff's are obsessed with setting her up on blind dates and they go over about as well as a fart in church. Istead of returning as the high school art teacher, she is now the permanent substitute for the sc [...]

    26. Light and supremely funny with a little heart thrown in the mix. Perfect summer read. Warning: crude language and jokes ahead! I recommend reading the 2 books and 1 short story that come before this one. The characters and story build on each other into a richer reading experience. Ace Jones has hit rock bottom and heads home to Bugtussle for some much needed introspection which of course leads to hilarity and hijinks with old friends and new enemies.

    27. Down and Out in Bugtussle is such a fun read! I literally laughed out loud so many times that tears were rolling down my cheek. The main character really brought the reality of what teaching, subbing, and fellow faculty members truly are with a no holds barred bantering between all of them liken to the relationships I had when I was a teacher.A great read that will enlighten those who always think teachers are "perfect"!

    28. I was lucky enough to be a winner of this delightful novel. It wasn't until I started reading it that I realized that I had read one of the author's previously published books which I also enjoyed. The tone is light and fun, and the characters are a lively bunch. It was a quick read - hard to put down.

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