Author: Cindy Miles
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication: May 13, 2014
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.
To be honest, I didn't expect to like Stupid Girl. The title itself made me think of a....well....stupid character. I don't deal well with those. Not in life, and not in fictional stories. However, I was pleasantly surprised by both the book and the characters.
True, Stupid Girl follows your typical New Adult format. I'm not going to pretend it brings something super unique to the genre, and it puts a lot of cliches front and center. The thing about cliches is, they work. That's how they become cliches, and authors either handle them well, or they don't. I think Cindy Miles handled them well. I was pulled into the story and didn't really care about the fact that I had pretty much read about all of these things before. I just enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Olivia and Brax were both likable characters, though not without flaws. Brax walked dangerously close to too "bad" for me, though I don't think "bad" is the proper term here. A few of his actions were a bit maddening, but at the end of the day the boy had heart, and I like my bad boys to still be able to act like civilized human beings.
Stupid Girl is another bad boy meets good girl story, but it's one that kept me interested. The story was a bit predictable, and a few of the plot devices were a bit too convenient, but I didn't even care. Maybe it's the mood I was in, maybe it's the way Cindy Miles writes, who knows? All I know is, Stupid Girl was one of those rare New Adult novels that reminded me why this genre has become so popular. It's one I would recommend.
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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