3 August 2014

Stupid Girl Review

Stupid Girl
by Cindy Miles

What they say: Only fools fall in love...

After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston College, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course. 

A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona. 

As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.

  • ISBN 13: 9781937776909

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Stupid Girl is a story about survival. It goes into some pretty dark places, yet manages to be hopeful and extremely sweet at times. The love story made me smile (when it wasn't making me scream at the thickheadedness of the two MC's). 

Olivia 'Liv' is working hard to build a new life for herself at Uni. She moved away from home to find a fresh start, and to forget old memories (which btw are pretty traumatic so be warned). Here she meets Brax, the Uni bad boy. He's a player who breaks girls hearts. 

I did like Brax, but found him a little too similar to other NA heroes (He's a mixture of Travis from Beautiful Disaster & Lucas from Easy). My only real bug bare is the constant mention of his Bostonian accent, because it was a little much at times (I'm a Brit, we love all US accents).

I enjoyed how Liv and Brax's story develops. It Isn't always easy but they work to be friends and although there is something between them from the start, it's more of an attraction and interest rather than an insta-love kinda thing. I also liked the geek and bad boy trope (yes it's done lots but it does work in Stupid Girl).

I didn't feel the bad stuff was dealt with as much as it could have been, considering how traumatic is was. There were times when the plot seemed to be a mixture of several other NA stories. BUT I enjoyed the story and was hoping for a HEA. I also enjoyed seeing Liv's inner strength compared to Brax's outer strength. They balanced each other well. 

3 - 3.5  Stars in my Sky!


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