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Blog Tour + Review & Giveaway: Stupid Girl



Title: Stupid Girl
Author: Cindy Miles
Publication Date: 13, May 2014
Reviewer: Lyanna
Rating: 3.5 stars

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Synopsis:

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


The premise of Stupid Girl isn't the most attention-catching one out there. It's been mishandled and abused and dried of it's originality from years and years of use by authors of all ages. 

Olivia, who's referred to as 'gracie' fondly throughout the book by Brax - her love interest, is a high-road driving, self-righteous, goody-two-shoes, I'll-never-commit-the-same-mistake-twice type of girl who's managed to frizzle my nerves in the entirety of this book without lifting a finger. 

Now, Olivia isn't all bad (sighs), she's actually pretty decent. She knows how to hold her own, she's kept the stupidity to a minimum and is an all-around good person. But she's in serious denial and I've just about had it with girls who deny the obvious. Olivia indulged herself into believing that she'll never make the same mistake she's made in High school now that she's in college, but of course, as fate will it, a boy - a bad boy for heaven's sake - makes her question that.

Look, if you're not going to then don't, if you will then do. But nooooooo, she had to divulge into the same argument with herself for a good half of the entire book and it was is-this-girl-for-real-i'm-going-to-pull-my-hair-out frustrating!



Brax wasn't all that better either. He was such an immature brat who I worried might have kept a few harassment-lawsuits hidden somewhere in that twisted past of his. He's such a shady character! Not in the good way! I mean, any girl in her RIGHT MIND would stay the hell away from someone like him right? RIGHT? 

Wrong. Olivia Beaumont did not, she sidled up next to him on his "bad-ass" bike and drooled over his tattooed body (seriously, a few tattoos is okay, but THE ENTIRE BODY?) while simultaneously convincing herself that their relationship was platonic. Now I completely understand the title.



So why the three stars? The plot.

The plot adequately justified what this book lacked in the character-department. 


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.

The Author



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.

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