Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz

Sunday, July 11, 2010 |

Title: Of All the Stupid Things
Author: Alexandra Diaz
Pages: 272
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication Date: December 22, 2009
Source: Author

When a rumor starts circulating that Tara's boyfriend Brent has been sleeping with one of the guy cheerleaders, the innuendo doesn't just hurt Tara. It marks the beginning of the end for an inseparable trio of friends. Tara's training for a marathon, but also running from her fear of abandonment after being deserted by her father. Whitney Blaire seems to have everything, but an empty mansion and absentee parents leave this beauty to look for meaning in all the wrong places. And Pinkie has a compulsive need to mother everyone to make up for the mom she's never stopped missing. This friendship that promised to last forever is starting to break under the pressure of the girls' differences.

And then new-girl Riley arrives in school with her long black hair, athletic body, and her blasé attitude, and suddenly Tara starts to feel things she's never felt before for a girl--and to reassess her feelings about Brent and what he may/may not have done. Is Tara gay--or does she just love Riley? And can her deepest friendships survive when all of the rules have changed?
Of All the Stupid Things is a great read with a gossip-ridden high school atmosphere filled with secrets and scandals. It explores aspects of sexual preference, friendship, and relationships.

The three different perspectives enhanced the story line and gave me a chance to empathize with each of the characters through their narratives. The transitions between them were smooth and added to the story.

Tara, Whitney, and Pinkie were unique and individual. Diaz successfully emanates the feeling of jealousy, lust, and love through this novel. She gave each character a unique personality and that alone made Of All the Stupid Things more intimate for me.

However, the back drop of Of All the Stupid Things is quite common in the YA genre. This is the typical high school setting.

The cliche of Of All The Stupid Things was easy to over look and it's redeeming qualities were what shined and made this novel unequivocally special.

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Erika said...

i've been meaning to read this one. it sounds like a really nice light read. thanks for the review!

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Omg! You're back! =)

Nice review! I love books with secrets/scandal...they're my weakness, lol. Sounds like a fun book, as long as the cliches are easily ignorned ;)

Hannah S said...

Wow, the whole thing is quite... scandalous? :P
It sounds very fun, though! And I can understand the whole cliche' thing because even while reading the synopsis, several other titles with a similar premise popped into my head. Thanks for the awesome review!
Love, Hannah

P.s. Wahoo! You're here, Mavie! I hope your camping trip was a whole lot of fun!

Lisa_Gibson said...

I'm looking forward to reading this. Your review makes me all the more anxious. Thanks.

katsrus said...

Thanks for your review. I like the title. Always fun to find another great book.
Sue B

Adeeva Afsheen said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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