Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

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From Goodreads: 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.

Review…

I should’ve taken the title as a hint.

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Stupid Girl screames cliché. Cliché plot! Cliché main character! Cliché love interest! CLICHÉ CLICHÉ CLICHÉ! And I’m angry (and a little sad) for thinking that it would end differently. That, surprisingly, I would end up loving it. But no, no, no, It made me lose more faith in NA genre.

Olivia just moved to Winston College to study Astronomy and also, to work. She has no plans on making friends, especially on having a romantic relationship with anyone. She’s just happy that nobody knows her and her past, that the whispers and pity stares are gone. She’s determined  to be anonymous and to just focus on her studies but then it all changes when she runs (literally) into Brax. Brax is… jeez, we all know he’s type already. To be easy, let’s just say he’s a Travis Maddox clone. How ‘bout that? Oh wait, how about those who haven’t read BD . Well, Lucky youuuu! No, seriously. I’m genuinely happy for you. But to be fair to you guys, this is Brax Jenkins:

“That’s Braxton Jenkins, my darling. Sophomore. Kappa Phi brother. Winston’s big dog starting pitcher. Total man slut.” Tessa shook her head. “Bad ass, and not in a good way. He’s dangerous. Trouble with a big f*cking T. If you’ve got any sense at all, you’ll stay far away from him”

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Ooooohh. Now tell me this character isn’t cliché at all. But, let’s get past that. Maybe I’ll be engaged to the story.. Maybe the plot will be different. But you know what? I was 1 chapter in and I already want to rant. Look at this (or listen, or read): When Brax accidentally collided (or I think he threw something then it hit the girl, whatever) with Olivia, he KISSED her.

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THEY DON’T KNOW EACH OTHER AND HE KISSED HER. And this is what Liv thought:

“He’d kissed me. And for a moment, I’d let him. What was wrong with me?”

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Well, I’d like to know the answer myself. LOOK AT YOUR LIFE OLIVIA. LOOK AT YOUR CHOICES. That’s sexual assault, you know. HE’S A STRANGER. Is this normal now? Kissing a random stranger? OKAY. Let’s give the guy a chance. Maybe he really needs to kiss a stranger. Maybe he’s gonna die or something and a kiss will save him. I mean, it can happen right? Well, here is his reasoning:

”Christ, I’m sorry. Was just goin’ out for a pass. I didn’t even see you there. Then,” his smile was slow and lazy as his gaze raked over my mouth, “well, I just couldn’t fuckin’ help myself.”

Anybody feel like hitting someone? I KNOW I DO. And after a few chapters..

“And I’m not fuckin’ apologizing for that kiss. It was natural hot-blooded male gut instinct.” He shrugged. “Couldn’t help it.”

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I’m usually against Fictional Character slaughtering, but I don’t know.. I feel like making an exception. So. Liv should be scared, right? Or I don’t know, be creeped out. But after that encounter, she can’t stop thinking about anything but the kiss.

“It wasn’t a big deal, not a date, and he certainly wasn’t interested in me. Not a proposal, as he’d pointed out. As Tessa had so delicately put it, I was not his type. Not at all.  So why did my lips still tingle?”

She was just like that for a whole 3 chapters. Going on and on and on.. She wont’s stop. Liv really has a potential as a character. This book started on Olivia being drugged and raped by his boyfriend (the handling with this chapter is so insensitive by the way. ICK.) And then after a year, she moves in Winston College. Where’s the character development that should’ve happen because of her tragic past? WHERE? She said that she’s all changed and that she know better now but really, this girl is acting like a 15 year old through out the book..

“When we reached the dorm entrance, Brax caught the door as a group of girls filed out. They all slid me an odd look, and one said, “Hey there, Brax,” in a husky voice, and then stared hard at me as she passed. Almost … challenging me. Daring me to interfere. Daggers, even. It was always so noticeable when girls flirted, and it looked and sounded stupid and immature. They never really knew what might lay behind good looks. Or an arresting pair of eyes. No matter how jolting of a kisser. I knew that first hand.”

And then after a few chapters..

“…just something I believe in personally. (about her purity ring) I don’t make a big deal of it, just like I don’t judge others.”

MY FAVORITE:

“I know I’m a typical, Brax. Most girls my age have casual sex like there’s no tomorrow. I’m sorry, but that’s just not me. I’m … simply not casual.”

Yep, I checked, A woman wrote this. My own species. One question: WHYYYYYYYY. Ahhhh, it’s all just so tiring. It was sooo predictable and nothing really happened that stood up. Everything feels recycled, like I’ve already read it and it’s just so maddening. If you’re really curious to what happened, here it is: I DON’T KNOW. I stopped when she ended giving up her fake virginity and she found out that Brax was lying and it was all just a dare.

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Yes guys, Brax lied. I CANNOT BELIEVE IT. UGH. What a shocker.

ANYWAY, Stupid Girl did not work for me, at all. After reading it, I feel like my whole energy was drained and I started questioning my life choices. Maybe this is for you if— Forget it, read it at your own risk! Oh and if you have some NA recommendations? That would be fab.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    At first I was just laughing when I was reading your review but when you mentioned her past and how insensitively it was handled I started raging. Like wow. Let’s totally make a big fat joke out of this and not give the VERY IMPORTANT issue the importance and delicacy it deserves. OH NO. Let’s throw in hot guys that are douche bags and girls who immediately forget about their problems as soon as they lay their eyes on hot guys. Ugh

    What a mess.

    I am sorry you had to suffer through this, Paula :(

    FANTASTIC review!
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    • Paula says

      I know what you feel, Rashika! I don’t know what’s with plotlines like this. I can’t believe that it’s like a cultural norm. And I’m glad it made you laugh =)) I was laughing while writing it also. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. says

    Being a victim should already mean that guys like Brax are red flags. But since the title says it all, I’d say that’s what the author wants us to feel, that she’s a stupid girl. I wish the male counterpart was someone who is ideal. Not someone who would assault you. If I were Olivia, sexually assaulted, and a stranger kissed me, I would have slapped him senseless! UGH. But then, women who undergo sexual assault do have different reactions to things.
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    • Paula says

      That’s what I’m thinking: At least make a decent love interest! I mean, he’s ex is already a douche. Why make the new one the same?! Thanks for reading my review, Dre! :)

  3. says

    I was thinking about reading this book so much but then I don’t feel like reading a book with the word ”stupid” in it. So the title is a hint huh? It’s NA?? Though it was YA. I’m losing faith as well. Yuk, you just don’t kiss a girl after accidently colliding into her. Just blaaah. Great review though, Paula. I really like your honesty! Haha, you’re so generous for giving 2 stars. xdd
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    • Paula says

      The cover has a way of pulling you in! :P That’s why I want to read it in the first place plus the intriguing blurb! But yeah, blaaaah! Just 2 chapters in and I was already turned off! Thanks Lola! :D

    • Paula says

      Thanks tricia! I might take a break from NA for a while! I’m liking all the books I’m reading so far :D

  4. Marianne says

    But… having been sexually asaulted before means that you’d be much more susceptible to red flags. A guy kissing you all of a sudden WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT doesn’t freak you out at all? It doesn’t, I don’t know, make you feel like you’re being assaulted? Ugh.

    At first I was laughing, now I’m just shaking my head. I’ve read countless NA books of the “virginal” good girl and the man whore guy and how at first he tries to take advantage and then he falls in love and ugh just UGHHHHHHH.

    WHY would you be with a guy who only spoke to you because of a bet? Who slept with you as a bet? UGHHHHHH.

    I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure 2 stars is being generous.

    • Paula says

      I have nothing but a big YES!! I was uggghhh-ing the whole time, seriously :P That’s why I might take a break for a while from NA. Unless you have some recommendations? :D Thanks Marianne! (Honestly, I feel like I AM being generous :P)

  5. says

    This book sounds…intense, which I completely did not expect from the cover! (Which is gorgeous I must say!) I’m not a huge fan of NA so I’d probably have passed even without reading this review, but now that I’ve read your opinion I’m even more glad I put it off. Thanks for sharing Paula and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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    • Paula says

      The cover really is gorgeous, right? And I have a thing with gorgeous covers :P It just sucks when the story isn’t as beautiful as the cover. Thanks, Zoe! I really appreciate that! <3

  6. says

    This review had me cracking up and not because of the issues you had but your delivery was awesome. Now for the serious bit…how a woman wrote this is beyond me. I just don’t get it. And sexual assault is not something than can be glossed over. Yeah, I’m sorry you had to suffer through this crap but I hope your next read is a 5 star book. :)

    • Paula says

      LOL. I’m glad I made you laugh, Cristina! =)) But yeah, I can’t believe it either. What’s with all the misogyny?! It really was a little painful to read, here’s me hoping that the next one will be much much better! :D

  7. says

    You’re an angel, Paula. Your reviews are HILARIOUS. Hold on I need to catch my breath. xD

    Ha, this book sounds like a gigantic MESS. No way I’m reading this one. My eyeballs might come out of their sockets if I keep rolling them. ;) I can handle adorable, fun cliches, but this type? No thank you.

    Wonderful review, girl! I hope your next read isn’t as shitty. ;)
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