Publication Date/Version: December 2009/Hardcover
Age Group: 14 and up
Received From: Around The World Tours (Thanks!)
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 three lifelong friends. Tara's training for a marathon, and running from her fear of abandonment. Whitney Blaire seems to have everything, but an empty mansion and absentee parents leave her looking 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. Their friendship has endured despite their differences, but the school's latest gossip could destroy it all.
Then new-girl Riley arrives on the scene, and suddenly Tara starts to feel things she's never felt before for a girl. Is Tara gay - or does she just love Riley? Can her deepest friendships survive when all of the rules have changed?
Rumors are flying that Tara's boyfriend, Brent, cheated on her. With another guy. Scandalous, to say the least. Tara, Pinkie, and Whitney Blaire have always been an odd group of friends, but they've always been able to stick together. But with the addition of Riley, the sultry new girl, things aren't looking so good. Tara can't resist Riley, and she's incredibly confused by this attraction. Now she's questioning everything she's ever known about herself.
Of All the Stupid Things easily could have been fluff, but it developed into so much more. Told in alternating perspectives of the three best friends, this story has some major drama. The pacing was a bit too up-and-down, but the ups were so darn exciting that they made up for the lulls. The plot seemed believable. Emotions went crazy, as did the girls.
I liked the characters for the most part. Tara, the most central character, was a bit under emotional and tough, but that's why I connected with her. Whitney Blaire was way too over the top for me, with her crazy temper. Pinkie was so clingy. Honestly girl, stop worrying! She was incredibly annoying, but I still found myself sympathizing with her because you could tell she was the odd one out. Riley seemed like a bad person based on everyone else's reaction to her, but she really wasn't that bad. I liked her quite a bit by the end of the story.
The problems in this novel were created by the classic the-main-characters-just-won't-talk-and-get-it-over-with syndrome. you know the one. It's so obvious that all the characters have to do is talk it out, but they're stubborn and refuse to. I was very happy with the ending. It was happy, but not in a sickly sweet way. Everything wasn't perfect and magically fixed. It was realistic.
I've got to say, all of the GLBT books I've been reading lately have been awesome!
Overall: Juicy plot! Quick read. Fun and feisty.
My Advice: I would personally recommend buying this. I don't like to tell people that, though, because I don't want them to spend 17 bucks and hate a book!
Cover: I actually love this cover! It's simple, and the cherries are adorable. The title is fun, and I especially like the font and color of the author's name. The back cover looks really cool as well. It's completely covered in dark red cherries. Awesome cover!
Note: This book was originally set to be published in 2010, so it counts towards the 2010 Debut Author Challenge