Title: Stupid Girl
Author: Cindy Miles
Publication Date: 13, May 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars
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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.
I'd say it was a pretty decent cooked-up plot, regardless of what I previously mentioned about the premise, Cindy Miles did a great job covering the issue of sexual assault (although, I wish she would've given more weight to it instead of allowing Olivia to brush it off the way she did, Ladies and assholes, sexual harassment IS NOT SOMETHING YOU SHRUG OFF. EVER.), overcoming your fear, facing your past and looking forward to the future (philosophical much?).
It isn't as immature as most New Adult books (even though the characters are just -- ughhhh), it had a solid moral that I hope it's readers will grasp. If the characters annoyed me less then I think I could even give this book as much as 4 stars.
I'd recommend this book to readers who enjoy the bad-boy-falls-for-the-good-girl type of romance (I'm not one of them) and to those looking for a nice but meaty read that doesn't dumben you down like most contemporaries nowadays. Stupid Girl is a solid read, it could've been better, but hey, nothing's perfect I guess.
About Cindy Miles
National bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormals. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her upcoming New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college.