Title & Author: Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles
Genre: New Adult- Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: 13th 2014
Series: Stupid in Love #1
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Description: 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, STUPIDER BOY
First of all Olivia is my home girl. She loves astronomy, is totally dorky/nerdy, never wears makeup, and only has one hairstyle. The beginning really gets you right in the heart and set the mood for the rest of the book. For some reason the new adult books I’ve been reading take place in Texas so I’m not sure if that means Texas is the root of all heartache or all romance.
Right off the bat we are introduced to Brax who for some reason is called a Southie even though he’s from the Bronx. Texas lingo never ceases to confuse me. What starts out as a harmless encounter is later revealed to be the beginning of something powerful. Good and bad. This was on the verge of being a insta love book but thankfully both characters had their heads on straight and waited it out. This was definitely a case of too fast too soon but everyone moves at their own pace I guess.
The side characters in this story are decent and some-what like-able. At times the best friend or other side characters would take a back seat (read: literally disappear) but that was ok. Olivia’s roommate becomes a vital character for growth and I was glad to see a strong well supporting best friend in a story like this.
This book had a lot more new adult “connection” then I thought it would. Olivia is a total nerd and I loved her. Brax of course was the stereotypical bad boy turned love sick puppy for said “normal” girl. It should have come off as a been there read that sort of book but the differences was what kept me reading.
Overall this wasn’t really anything new per say but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. If you’re expecting some groundbreaking new plot I would move on. If you just want a nice slightly heartbreaking romance I would recommend this book to you.
Watercolor elements from freepik.com all edits my own.