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The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn't Actually Do, but Could Have, and May Yet...

Title : The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel
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ISBN : 9780641881220
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Number of Pages : 595 Pages
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The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel Reviews

  • Shaynipper
    2019-06-15 10:03

    I love The Sweet Potato Queens. I've read every book by Jill Connor Browne that I've found - she makes me laugh till I pee my pants.

  • Brooke Maedel
    2019-05-26 13:25

    Beach read material for sure. Light, fluffy and fun, but I have actually enjoyed some of the other books more.

  • Sue Kundrath
    2019-05-23 11:22

    Fun read!!

  • Rach
    2019-06-11 11:10

    Very funny, makes you laugh and feel good. I don't like glorifying some of the things that make America so unhealthy, but damn it, I couldn't help but laugh. Great summer read or when you are feeling down. The author uses her wit well.

  • Chris
    2019-05-30 13:59

    Shallow and full of not only unnecessary, but inappropriate, profanity. Not recommended!

  • Melissa
    2019-05-24 10:25

    I didn't know anything about this author before stumbling across this book so I'm brand new to the "sweet potato queens" idea. But I adored this book. Great character development and laugh out loud moments in every chapter. And I loved the passage of time and feeling like you were growing up with the queens. I feel like I came to know each character personally and I will miss them. Such a fun break from reality.

  • JG (The Introverted Reader)
    2019-06-02 09:22

    Jill Conner Browne writes a fictional account of how the Sweet Potato Queens came into being and how they truly became queens through some terrible decisions and heartbreak.I absolutely loved the first chapter of this book. It was sheer perfection I tell you. It starts when the queens are in high school and haven't really figured out that they're queens yet. They are always being looked down upon by the high school beauty queen, a bitch if ever there was one. I was shrieking with laughter and doing a corny little fist pump all alone in my car by the time the chapter ended. "You tell her, Queens!" I was repeating the last few sentences of that chapter to anyone who would listen for days, complete with my best Southern drawl. That was by far my favorite part. The Queens seem determined to make every mistake it is possible to make when it comes to love. There were still definitely some funny parts, but I had gotten so attached to these characters in that first chapter that I just wanted everything to go right for them. But I think Browne's ultimate message is that we are all Queens, no matter what horrendously bad decision we have made in our lives. We just need to pick ourselves back up, dust off our crowns, and start singing "Tiny Bubbles" again.I am torn between recommending the print or audio versions. I listened to the audio, read by Browne herself, and had a blast listening to her. I am definitely a Southern girl, but up here in the Southern Appalachians, we have more of a twang, and Browne definitely has a drawl. I could listen to her talk all day, I swear. No matter the slight differences in accents, I think that Southerners all have a similar rhythm to our storytelling, so listening to her read this book just felt deeply right.On the other hand, there were so many quotes I wanted to mark, but there was no way for me to do that! Maybe I'll check the print book out of the library and look for the best bits. One that I can sort of remember is something like, "She was letting that word fly. You know, the one we called the firetruck word back then because it began and ended in the same letters." For a laugh-out-loud, ultimately feel-good book, go ahead and pick this up in whatever format tickles your fancy. It might not have quite lived up to the high expectations I had after the first chapter, but it is definitely a girl-power book, and we all need to read those every once in a while.

  • Tabby Kat
    2019-06-03 12:10

    Browne's Sweet Potato Queen advice books on love, divorce, and cooking have found a wide audience in readers who appreciate the Queens' sassy southern charm. With coauthor Gillespie, Browne turns to fiction for the first time to share lives and loves of the Queens. Jill, Mary Bennett, Patsy, and Gerald are united by their outsider status in high school. When Tammy, a beautiful but insecure redhead, moves into town and is humiliated by the in-crowd, Jill and company form the Tammy Club to bolster her spirits. The five enter the homecoming parade in wild dresses and red wigs, but a misprint on their sign (it reads Yammy instead of Tammy) leads to the five rechristening themselves the Sweet Potato Queens. The groups' friendships last for decades, despite distance and differences of opinion. Mary Bennett pursues fame on the coasts, Gerald comes to terms with his sexuality, and Tammy marries. But not everything is rosy. Mary Bennett finds success as a soap actress at the expense of the love of her life, Jill finds a man who proves too good to be true, and Tammy's insecurities lead to infidelities.

  • Joanne
    2019-06-17 10:02

    There are the Red Hat Society ladies and there are the Sweet Potato Queens. Which group is more like you? Edging towards the age requirement for the RHS, a high school soriety sister said we should really consider becoming SPQs (mainly because the green and pink colors are better!), but after reading this book I see so many similarities between this original group and my friends that I want to be a SPQ! This was an enjoyable read starting in 1968 - 1989 and was just really funny. The SPQ motto of "If it ain't fun, we ain't doin' it" and the changes over the years that happen and still keep this group together was so true to real friends. Deep down they aren't royalty, but just simple 'girls' from Jackson, Mississippi with hopes, dreams and life coming their way. Long reign the Queens!

  • Julie
    2019-06-05 14:18

    This was a lovely book. It was hysterically funny all the way through but had moments that were touching, sad, and thoughtful.It was so real. The author did a masterful job of capturing the complex nature of friendships yet maintaining each individuals core personality. The timeline and its pop history and southern culture were spot on. The one liner's in this book made me laugh out loud and now I have several people at work looking into this book.I plan on hunting down every book the author has written.Favorite line? Has to be, and I'm loosely quoting, and forgive the language but it IS in the book: "Oh, honey, you have to be nicer because you're not cute enough to be such a fucking bitch." *dies*I loved this book. I long for a group of friends like this.

  • Deb
    2019-06-13 14:12

    I read this a few years ago after having read a series of books for my profession that were heavy, serious, and more than a bit dark. This bit of confection was just what I needed to break that mood, and provide some great laughs as well as some deep-fried home truths. I have always loved Southern writers, from the masterful (Harper Lee, Flannery O'Connor, Truman Capote) to the funny (Fannie Flagg, Celia Rivenbark). Jill Conner Browne belongs with the best of the latter group, writing with a voice that let's us see what she sees, and even better, see ourselves along the way. Is this great literature? No...but it is great fun.

  • Aimee Tourville
    2019-05-25 13:25

    This book was not what I expected at all. It was definitely not like the rest of the Sweet Potato Queen books. That being said, it was still humorous. This book was a work of fiction. Browne uses characters we are already familiar with in her other books. This is a fictional "back story" of some of their lives. As she says in the title, it's "Stuff We Didn't Actually Do, But Could Have, and May Yet." I think we've all considered some of the antics these girls pull in this novel at some point. Jill Connor Browne has a very satirical sense of humor so if that's not your thing, you probably won't appreciate this book.

  • Debbie
    2019-06-10 12:13

    This was a fun book about friendship, mainly old friends. It made me laugh! I thought it was kind of confusing in the beginning since I've read some of the other Sweet Potato Queens books which give mostly the same details about their "club" and this was a novel about what could have happened.... I guess? I had to let that go and just enjoy the story. There was a little too much drama with all their love lives but overall I liked it. It really reminded me of my good friends I've kept since high school....all 2 of them!

  • Lisa
    2019-05-30 10:25

    This was a rip-snortin' fun read! If you're expecting high-falutin' literature, this may not be the book for you. But if you're looking for a book you can enjoy, where you can cheer for the characters and want to reach in and bonk them over the head when they do something stupid, give this one a go. Bonus: tasty, tasty recipes are included. Enjoy!

  • Marnie
    2019-06-08 11:18

    This book was fast moving but the plot wasnt good. After a popular girl insults Tammy, Tammy's friends form a group to make her feel better & stoop to the popular girl's level to get back at her. The group becomes the Sweet Potato Queens. The members are not very nice & dont treat each other the way friends should, they backstab each other & are very catty.

  • Jeanette
    2019-06-18 08:01

    Loved it! This was my third one in the series and I was not disappointed. Now I have to search for books by Karin Gillespie who co-authored this with Jill Conner Browne.

  • Elizabeth D. McNeeley
    2019-06-04 09:12

    Fun book.

  • Kyle Sonnabend-liberty
    2019-06-16 14:02

    Fast fun read

  • Lana
    2019-05-22 09:57

    it was a quick and easy read but didn't love the characters. I wanted to shake them and let them know they were being idiots but it was a nice story about friendships.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-19 09:24

    Funny AF!

  • Becky Webster
    2019-06-16 06:59

    This book is so charming and my Life List is to go to one of their parades! I wrote to Jill years back and she wrote me the nicest letter. 📚❤️

  • Kelly
    2019-06-10 14:20

    Cute, fun beach read

  • Lynn
    2019-06-03 09:57

    Was a light-hearted easy read about true friendship

  • Alicia Jones
    2019-06-01 14:17

    Lots of fun, bittersweet story. would love to read more books about the Queens!

  • Cyndi Fowles
    2019-06-16 06:59

    Hooray for the Sweet Potato QueensI laughed and cried. I read this book straight through and did not put it down.This is such a good read, showcasing the depth of friendships and illustrating the ebbs and flows from childhood into adulthood.

  • Adrienne
    2019-05-25 11:20

    The One Sentence ReviewCharacterization: Prepare to meet a lively bunch of characters but to not necessarily get to know any of them or their motivations, etc…well. Setting: Set almost entirely in Jackson, Mississippi, a love of the South and the lifestyle that entails is important to this novel’s success. Plot: A group of social misfits meet in high school and then proceed, over a period of decades, to “do” life together, for better or for worse (so to speak). Description: This novel contains some Southernisms and recipes but is not heavily descriptive. Language: This reflects my opinion, but there are too many swear words, and much of the humor in this book is decidedly dependent upon a heavy-handed use of the F-word. Point-of-view: While the story is told from the first-person point of view of the “Queen” and while there are no particular point-of-view issues, the novel does skip over quite a few years here and there, so filling in the time gaps falls to the protagonist, who somewhat artificially drops information about the interim years. Prequel/Sequel/Etc: While as far as I know this book is not a prequel or sequel, the main author is famous for other writings and books, so some of the references and the ideas behind the story make more sense in this context. Detractors: The book has a “piecemeal” feeling, perhaps because it technically has two authors or perhaps because it occurs over such a long period of time and with quite a few “main” characters. Overall: I enjoyed the joie de vivre of this book but found many of the major conflicts and occurrences to be rather predictable, and moreover, I was a little concerned that almost every single relationship in the novel ended due to cheating.

  • Cheryl Gatling
    2019-06-09 10:07

    One character says, "That's what people do for those they care about. They love 'em, no matter how badly they screw up." And boy, do they. Screw up, I mean. One by one these four women, plus one gay man, make bad choices in life, but mostly bad choices in love. They squabble with each other, then rescue each other, leading to multiple scenes of tearful hugging and forgiveness. It reminded me of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, only with more colorful language. In both cases, I found myself choked up in places despite my thinking the plots predictable. The idea of a group of people remaining best friends throughout life no matter what, is something of a fantasy (how many people can say they have experienced that with even one best friend, much less four) but it is a beautiful fantasy. At first the whole Queens thing was a little bit of a turn off. Dressing up in gaudy costumes and riding in parades thing seemed fun, sure, but also shallow and all about me-me-me. But it's really all about being friends forever. I haven't read any of the other Sweet Potato Queens books, and the general consensus is that this novel pales in comparison to the non-fiction books, which are laugh-out-loud funny, and this one is more cute and sweet, if hard to believe.Addendum: There's a collection of recipes at the end that makes it clear why Mississippi leads the nation in obesity levels.

  • Kevin
    2019-06-05 12:07

    After five nonfiction bestsellers, Browne leaps into fiction (with assistance by Bottom Dollar Girls creator Karin Gillespie) and delivers a GEN-U-WINE page-turner of a novel. Fans won't be surprised that Browne's combination of bawdy humor and self-empowerment affirmations easily translates in novel form. An unexpected delight is how deftly Browne creates fully dimensional supporting characters surrounding her first-person narrator, Jill Connor. (In her nonfiction adventures, all the other queens are named Tammy and intentionally blend together.) Beginning in 1968 with five high school misfits thrown together, Browne traces the core members of the Sweet Potato Queens through two decades of weddings, funerals and disastrous relationships. While readers learn the origins of "The Promise" and the motto "Never wear panties to a party," Browne also invents some new lingo (tyrants at work are "bossholes" and men adept in bed "know about the little man in the boat"). Fans of the Queen's artery-choking recipes are in luck; after the final chapter, Browne offers menu items from Rest in Peace, a restaurant the Queens would love to open that would only serve food found at Southern funerals. Browne's hilarious and heartwarming debut sets sturdy groundwork for future fictional follies.

  • Jackson Temple
    2019-05-25 09:23

    This book is a lot like any other secret society book out there except it's set in the deep south. Even though I was born and bred in Nashville, I have a real problem with southern slang and that really got in the way of enjoying the book at all. The scenarios are either predictable, or, in the case where a gay boy from a Southern Jewish family comes out to his parents and they're just fine with it, unrealistic. A simple book with big type, I finished it in a day. An easy read and still a little fun. Scenes like the parade where our heroine finally overcomes her pack-mentality and resolves to be Boss Queen and ride alone feel good and make you want her to succeed. It flows well and ends rather abruptly, leaving the reader looking for more story through the cookbook at the end. This is not to say that the book wouldn't be enjoyable to the right audience. If you're a lady who's really proud of your southern heritage and everything (greasy fried foods especially) about it, or if you're really into sisterhood-type stories, you'd love this book. It's just for a very targeted audience.

  • Anna
    2019-05-31 08:56

    This book isn't Pulitzer Prize-winning literature, but that's not what Browne is trying to win with her first fiction venture. At least I sure hope not. As others have commented, this is a great, fluffy, poolside read. I laughed my way through the first third of the book, but as the page numbers ascended, I lost interest in the dialogue, plot, and characters. I was born and raised in Alabama, so I'm familiar with the South's many colorful sayings, but Browne beats you over the head with them by using at least one every other page or so. This is nitpicky, but I also hated how she spelled certain words for dialectal effect, like "hunny" and "pleeze." Unnecessary. When the plot isn't predictable, it's implausible. One reader's comment that it devolves into a bad Lifetime movie is apt. AIDS! Con men! Philandering husbands! Hollywood fame! And, frankly, the characters are unbelievably narcissistic, dumb, and flat. I've heard rave reviews of Browne's nonfiction, so maybe I'll check one of those books out at some point. But I've had more than my fill for now.