I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by TKA Distribution on May 13th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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.
Have you ever seen She’s all that? It’s like an old 90s movie with Paul Walker and Freddie Prince Jr. well anyway it’s about a bet to turn the geekiest girl in school into prom queen only Freddie Prince Jr. ends up falling for the girl. Well I found Stupid Girl to be almost the same except we are now in college and the bet is a lot different.
Olivia is a college freshman trying desperately to get away from her small town. The summer before senior year her boyfriend Kelsy Evans raped her. She was the victim of rumors, shaming, the whole she wanted it but just won’t admit it thing. She vowed to never trust another man, or fall in love again. She wears a ring kind of like a virginity ring to remind herself of that promise. On her first of college she is run over by Brax Jenkins. He is the campus man whore; he loves them and leaves them. And the tattoos he has all over only makes him that much more of a bad boy. The guy you don’t want to fall in love with because he’s got heartbreak written all over him.
Olivia and Brax start a friendship despite the many warnings that many tried to give her. I really loved their friendship, the fact that they would talk and hang out without trying more. Slowly, the friendship blossoms into something more. I was a little taken back by how Olivia fell so quickly for Brax because of her past I would’ve thought it would’ve happened a lot slower. He was pretty persistent and charming so I guess in a way I could see why but still it bothered me. However, I loved seeing Brax trying hard to prove he was a good guy. He wanted to learn about the things that interested her and really get to know her. At times his overprotectiveness was a bit too much for me at times.
The whole bet thing? Even though most of the book blows off the bet thing claiming it was just a rumor. I had feeling it wasn’t just a rumor. It seemed kind of predictable but the events that transpired after I wasn’t expecting. It was a bit cliché. The tattooed bad boy with a dark past falling the nerdy girl no one would’ve thought caught his attention. I found myself skimming parts just to get to the point and some parts that reminded of You were mine by Abbi Glines, like Brax following Olivia home even though at the moment they aren’t speaking just to make sure she gets home. One thing I would’ve liked more was Brax’s POV, I really felt like I would’ve liked the story more if I had understood his view better.
Something about this book bugged me. I don’t know if it was the fact that the rape issue was taken so lightly and that it was the butt of many jokes. I don’t know but something really bugged me about this book. I would give 3.5 stars.