REVIEW: Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles (Stupid in Love #1)

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Stupid Girl (Stupid in Love #1)
Author: Cindy Miles
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Published By: TKA Distribution
ISBN: 1937776964

★ 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 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.

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★ MY REVIEW ★

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Stupid Girl is one of those books that you either love it, or you hate it. Looking at the reviews after I read the book, they are all over the wall. I’m going to brutally with you when I say I almost put the book down and DNF’d it right after the prologue. I didn’t think I could read it, I didn’t want to read anymore of it and I was quite frankly just done. I actually did put the book down, and I let it sit there for about thirty minutes, and then I told myself, you should just read the first chapter. I’m glad I did. At the end of this review, I’ll give some information on why the reviews may be all over the wall, you’ll see them here, but they’ll be hidden as spoilers on Goodreads.

Technical babble for the book? It’s a standalone novel written by Cindy Miles that does have an HEA and is written in mainly a first person perspective from Olivia’s POV. You do get Brax’s POV, but it’s only a chapter or two. Trust me, it’s enough. This author is completely new to me and I actually had the recommendation from a fabulous group of gals that I chatter to. I will be reading the rest of the series.

Olivia “Gracie” Beaumont is a small town girl headed off to college. She’s putting the past behind her and getting out of dodge, hoping to distance herself from things in her past. People can argue with me until they are blue in the face, but I loved this character. She is a survivor, she’s got spunk, she’s sassy and she doesn’t take crap from Brax. She doesn’t let him mow her over with his big personality either. As I said before, she does have a past and there is trauma involved.

Braxton “Brax” Jenkins is the college’s star baseball pitcher. He’s a player, he’s cocky, he’s tattooed and he’s hot…. and he knows it. He steers clear of relationships, and the girls chase him. Well, all of them save for Olivia. Brax is a “Southie” meaning he grew up in south Boston. Rumors fly about him, some made up, some true but he goes with it. I have a love hate relationship with him because of some of the things he does in the  book, but once I understood them, I just mostly wanted to bash him for adding to the drama.

Brax and Olivia’s world’s collide, quite literally. She’s the small town girl, he’s the big city guy. She doesn’t want to give him the time of day, and he’s bound and determined to make her notice him. She’d rather ignore him and focus on school and he can’t get her out of his mind. They butt heads, they flirt, there is drama, there is angst, and there is a whole heck of a lot of chemistry.

I absolutely LOVED the co-stars in this book… well save for one, but if it tells you anything, the only thing I highlighted in the whole book, was Olivia’s roommate Tessa, warning her about Brax.

“Cold hard truth: He wants in your bloomers. Ring or no ring. Game on. Nothing more.” She took in a long breath. “His brain … he thinks with his big, ole, egotistical wiener. All guys do. It leads Brax Jenkins around like a magical porn radar wand. It has now honed in on your virginal hands-off hootchie cootchie. Guard it well, chica. He’ll snatch it right out from under you like a fucking bandito if you don’t.” – Tessa, Olivia’s Roommate, Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

Like Olivia, I sat and stared at that for a good ten seconds before I absolutely burst out laughing. Tessa is a character, to say the least and I’d absolutely love to see her get her own book, (If she doesn’t already have one.) or hear more about her. She’s awesome.

Get your spoilers here:

The opening of this book starts out with Olivia, right after she’s been raped. There are no details of that given, thank God, but her brothers have basically found her unconscious and she’s coming to. It’s not pretty, and one hell of a way to start a book. You find out that her boyfriend drugged her drink via ecstasy. Olivia doesn’t remember any of this, but there is talk of it it in the book, she has a scar on her mouth from it, and there are videos that get talked about of the night it happened as well.

The guy never gets punished for this. (Yes, that pissed me off, which I’m positive it did other readers too.) However things in the book go in a round about way that “sort” of settles it. I think you might find out more in Stupid Boy, which is the second book in the series, to see if it concludes somehow. I haven’t read it yet.

If you cannot read rape plots. If it’s something that bothers you, sets you off, makes you twitch like it does me. Don’t read this book. You’ll likely hate it because honestly it was very hard for me to get past that prologue, but then I wanted to see what happened to Olivia after. Frankly, I think the author handled that bit extremely well, all things considered and with it being such a touchy subject.

Spoilers Done!

This is one of those books that I would hands down recommend, but I would do so with side notes attached to it. Obviously I rated it a full five stars because -I- loved it. I was able to get past things with in it. I know others will not, but I think it’s definitely worth a shot.

MY RATING:

5 star

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