Author: Cindy Miles
Tittle: Stupid Girl
Series: Stupid in Love, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Trigger Warnings: Rape and abuse
Page Count and Format: 262 pages, Ebook
Published: May 13th 2014 by TKA Distribution
Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (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 University, 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.
Stupid Girl is the first book I read by this author and I immensely loved it! Although I had seen many negative reviews in Goodreads, I went into this book with a neutral perspective and I’m glad I did. But I also think it’s a hit or miss kinda book, from what I saw in Goodreads, is that you either love it or you hate it, thankfully I fell into the former category. And I love the cover, the colour is so gorgeous and beautiful!
Olivia Gracie Beaumont is a small town girl headed off to Winston University, leaving all her bitter past memories behind and wanting to have a fresh start with her full focus only on studies. But things begin to turn out quite the opposite after she literally crashes with the college heartbreaker Brax. Reluctant at first, she accepts his friendship and surprisingly she realises she enjoys their time together. It’s not long before they both figure out they are fighting with the feelings for each other. But when the past comes haunting back, will they be able to stand strong together? Or will the secrets spill and tear them apart?
I just LOVED Brax’s Boston accent, it killed me! Gosh, I have a thing for accents like this! Okay, coming back to my review, I have to say that the plot was utterly cliché with a dare and bitter pasts but this book had that strong addictive element and I couldn’t put it down. I was hooked after reading the prologue and I wanted to know more about Olivia’s life. She goes through something horrible that every girl dreads in this world but she got no choice other than to keep her mouth shut and move on. So she did and she promised herself that her soul focus would be only on her studies. But after meeting Brax everything chances. This guy literally bursts into her life bringing the ray of hope that she desperately needed. I simply loved their relationship, for nearly the first half of the book we see the sweet friendship between these two as they form a strong bond and begin to trust each other.
I liked Olivia from the beginning, she was a strong woman and I admired her for everything that she was despite her bitter past. And Brax… yup I loved that guy! Despite the hard shell that Olivia created around her heart, he crept in slowly. He was persistent, charming, protective and definitely swoon worthy. And did I mention his accent, yeah got me smiling like a fool every damn time. (I’m smiling thinking about it. 🙂 ) When she realised she loved him, I thought it was a bit too fast considering how much she went through before but it didn’t bother me much. Brax called Olivia by her middle name Gracie throughout the book, some people thought it was weird but I felt it was it was really sweeeeet.
Olivia’s roommate Tessa was an awsome character, I enjoyed her scenes and I wish there were more. One thing that enraged me was that the bad guy never got punished. I really wanted to see him behind the bars but I think the author portrayed it a bit too realistically. Though I really, really hope something happens about this matter in the next book. I was going to deduct a star because of this but after that epic ending, all was forgiven!
Overall, Stupid Girl was an enjoyable read. I honestly thought this review was going to be much shorter but guess this happens when you love a book. Although the plot was clichéd but it was perfectly executed and I fell in love with the characters, they had their fair share of faults but they evolved throughout the book. I was thinking of Taylor Swift’s White Horse everytime she was thinking “stupid girl”. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Have you guys read Stupid Girl yet? Did you like it or was it meh for you? Share your thoughts with me! 🙂