My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I had read a few reviews for “Stupid Girl” by Cindy Miles before I decided to tackle it. They weren’t all good so I knew what to expect somewhat going into the book. Yet in a pleasant surprise, I didn’t actually.
The story very much follows the common “NA” theme of shy broken girl, meets strong bad bad boy etc etc. However, there were some things that stood out to me in this novel. Olivia “Gracie” Beaumont is haunted by a terrible event in her past that did somewhat “Break” her but the thing I loved about her character is that she doesn’t let it stop her or slow her down. She works hard and gets a scholarship/job and is focused on pursuing her dream when fate steps in and (literally) smacks her upside the head with “Bad Boy” Brax Jenkins.
Both Brax and Gracie have scars and wounds both externally and internally. I found their story-lines so real and somewhat refreshing. Brax is a troubled young man but also falls head over heels in love with Gracie and is willing to sacrifice everything for her… which ties in well to the strong relationship Gracie has with “Jilly” her grandfather. Gracie and Brax def come from different sides of town… Gracie being a Texas cow-girl and Brax a “Southie” (I totally had to wiki that term) from Boston on a baseball scholarship but somehow their differences make them so perfect together!
The only real pet peeve I had with this book was Gracie constantly repeating Brax’s “Southie” accent in her head… we get it. He has a Boston accent, You don’t need to keep repeating words. Thankfully this did slow down toward the middle of the book which was a relief and by the end it was sparse and almost endearing.
Other than the repetitiveness of his accent, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it!
(Copy Provided by Net Galley)