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Grade A Stupid (The Darcy Walker Series #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  477 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
Fifteen years ago, Darcy Walker's parents thought it was a good idea to give her a unique name: Darcy, meaning "dark walker." Whether that was a stroke of genius or stroke of stupid, they definitely nailed the irony. She lacks direction, her grades stink despite a high IQ, she's boringly average--although flirting admirers claim otherwise--and God help her, she's infatuate ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published November 9th 2012 by A. J. Lape (first published November 8th 2012)
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Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
Thanks to NetGalley for providing a free copy of this book.

DNFed 10%.
This book has unfortunately earned its name. Grade A Stupid was a very unpleasant read, or at least, has a very unpleasant start, as I didn't get past chapter 4.

Let's start with a classic, one of my top 5 pet peeves : "Hey, I'm the MC! I'm gonna repeat how common and not special I am for ages but hey, all the hot boys are falling for me, wow I'm so surprised!".
As you seem to like acronyms, Book, JSYK you have already lost.
Sara Bree High
Nov 11, 2012 Sara Bree High rated it really liked it
Grade A Stupid
By A.J. Lape
Reviewed by S. Bree High YATR

Do you know the people who are always in trouble, find trouble and trouble finds them? I think we all know a few, right? Well this book introduces you to one, and her name is Darcy Walker. Darcy is smart, like super IQ and yet her grades are awful. She lacks any sense of direction and her school work well just forget it. Darcy has a best friend name Dylan and one serious crush on a bad boy. This her friend Dylan wishes would go away. The
Nov 15, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of the most fun, exciting, and loveable mysteries I have read in a long time. You would never know this is AJ's first book. She has a knack for humor, and telling a mystery like few writers can. You don't know the "whodoneit" until the very end. I love, love LOVE this book and recommend it to young and old. If you don't giggle your way through Darcy's vocabulary, you might need to get an attitude adjustment.
WTF Are You Reading?
If Darcy Walker was a dog, she'd definitely be a Beagle. Never to be trusted outside without a leash, and prone to follow her nose wherever the next adventure beckons.
As life would have it however, Darcy is not a Beagle,she is a 15-yer old busy body, but that in no way means that the afore mentioned attributes don't apply.

When Darcy's uber-hot best friend Dylan goes on vacation, Darcy literally follows her nose right into a mystery involving a dead man, a fight to clear the name of a friend, g
Nov 10, 2012 Mary-nancy rated it it was amazing
What do you do when you find a dead body in the garbage container?
Do you: A) Call the police; B) Run Far Away; or C) Make sure nothing is touched and wait for help?
Those would be the reasonable things to do right?
Well, what if you have a curious nature?
What if you consider yourself a verb, someone that has to be in action, and cannot stand to be stagnant?
What if you know that no matter what you do you will always be in some kind of trouble?
What do you do?
If you are like Darcy, you do not l
Bex 'n' Books
Dec 13, 2012 Bex 'n' Books rated it it was amazing
This review was written by Justine exclusively for Bex 'n' Books.

Grade ‘A’ Stupid is a MUST read! This YA Mystery really transported me back to those drama filled and awkward teenage years. Darcy even at times reminded me of a teenage Stephanie Plum.

I must say AJ kept me in stitches with such gems as when Vinnie is trying to park his girlie POS bug, that’s pink and has eyelashes on the head lights!

"Cursing, he tried the whole thing again and lost three eyelashes off his right headlight. Heaven h
C.R. Everett
Nov 29, 2012 C.R. Everett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Grade A Stupid is Grade A Brilliant! This is the first book in a fun mystery series, and I can see the author going places. This book was clever and funny, kept me interested. The main character, Darcy, has issues--God-given issues she was born with. A.J. Lape does a great job painting Darcy's challenges (sometimes slapstick) along with her good intentions that sometimes go awry. You'll be cheering for Darcy all the way as, despite better judgment, her 15-year-old-ADD self propels her to get inv ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Gene rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for every mystery loving book reader. Darcy Walker will keep your mind wondering what will happen to her or what she will get into on the next page.Wow!! How the last chapter ends will make your hair raise. I really like Murphy who is Darcy's father.I think if you read this book you will learn to love Darcy and all of her school friends. I can remember how it was when I was in high school and it has not changed since then. It brought back lots of memories and made me laugh at ...more
A.J. Lape
Nov 15, 2012 A.J. Lape rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Thank you so much for these wonderful reviews!! If you enjoyed Darcy and have the time, I'd be honored if you'd cut and paste your review to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or some other retailers. Reviews really help other readers and help me get the word out about Darcy, too!! Happy reading!!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Darcy, our main character is good at getting in trouble. While following a classmate who she thinks is reaching out in need of help she stumbles upon a body in a trashcan and things pretty much escalate from there.
This book suffers from an overuse of the ‘Look how spechul I am’’ ‘trope. No joke. Darcy the main character describes herself as a flat chested, braces wearing, straw haired, slightly curvy(?) normally strange, no
Jan 28, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it
For a book categorized as "young adult" I'll admit I had my suspicions that the story would be too cliché and silly. But, as I generally enjoy YA book because they are quick and light, I thought I'd give it a shot, considering that it was available for free through Amazon. that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I stayed up until 3am to finish it last night just because I couldn't put it down!

The premise is unique for a ya book, yet the characters were great and seemingly accurate for t
Jody McGrath
Nov 05, 2016 Jody McGrath rated it liked it
Darcy Walker thinks she is an average, boring girl. Nothing is further from the truth. Darcy is a girl who runs into danger, finds danger, chases danger, taunts danger, rethinks her strategy and does it again. Darcy is trouble. The funny thing is is that she really is a pretty good girl, not a Mary Sue, but definitely not a rebel. When Darcy finds a dead gang member in the dumpster across from her school, instead of immediately calling the cops she investigates the body. Did I mention that Darcy ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Kelley rated it it was amazing
Laugh Out Loud Entertaining Read!!!!

I’ll start by saying that I typically don’t read young adult novels. I have no interest in reading about teenage angst, pettiness, crushes, etc. But when I saw all the Facebook buzz about this book, I decided to pick up a copy to see what all the hype was about. What I discovered was a witty, entertaining, laugh out loud, not your stereotypical young adult mystery.

I absolutely love Darcy! She’s not the “it” girl – she’s not the captain of the cheerleading squa
Feb 25, 2013 Piseog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: normal-fiction
4.5 Stars

This was not an easy read. It was a little overwhelming and OTT at times. Some scenes seemed implausible and chaotic. The main character Darcy's ADD must have been the author's quirk because the writing style felt like that. However, I loved the book overall and it was a treat to read. I enjoyed all the relationships between Darcy and her guys- Dylan the controlling & (overly)-loveable best friend, her band of brothers Vinnie, Jon & Finn, her dad Murphy and all the bad-boy suspe
Aneesa Price
Jan 27, 2013 Aneesa Price rated it it was amazing
A Review of Grade A Stupid by A J Lape

I am not the biggest YA fan, so I approached this book with caution but once I began reading it, I was pulled in by the excellent writing style of the author. The characters are adorable and whilst the plot is not necessarily a huge shocker, it doesn't need to be, because the fun and entertainment in this story are the characters and the silly, 'grade A stupid' antics that Darcy engages in. I found this book to be adorable and am most impressed with the writ
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jan 23, 2013 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing
I adored this book.
The story is fresh, young and hip. I think it is hip at the age of 39 I may not know anymore.
The story is also logical. Which is according to me, is a major plus point.
Darcy, at the age of 15 is a beautiful young girl with ADD and an above average IQ. She is also bored easily and all girl around the hunk in school.
I think most if not all YA will love this book. It is fun and Darcy is a very likeable character. I can also not see any parent taking offence or seeing this as
Lisa Carta-gates
Jan 27, 2013 Lisa Carta-gates rated it really liked it
The book actually feels like it has ADD just like the main character. It is a bit frenetic, but eventually comes together for a good story. In fact, as I slept after finishing it, I found myself starting the next book in the series and physically turning the I touch page. It obviously got under my skin and I did enjoy it! I will definitely read the next one!
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Ok, that was ABSOLUTELY brilliant!!!
I don't even know how I ended up with owning this book on my kindle, but.. Thank you little books' fairy! I owe you one!! (Just go and buy it.. It’s totally worth the coffee-price it has!)
I guess it was fate or just good luck.. Either way I'm so happy and satisfied I’m gonna buy the paperback right this moment!
Grade A stupid is pure genius and I loved every single word of it. It took me a while to understand the title: I really thought that “Grade” was a verb
Dec 15, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, signed-books
Darcy is like any other 15 year old year except she finds a dead body in a dumpster while skipping class. You would expect her to call the police. No. Not Darcy. She investigates and tries to see if he is still alive. It was still on her mind, but she becomes determined to find out who did it when a fellow class mates is accused of the crime. How far will she go to find out the truth and when she does will she live to tell who the killer is. Not to mention sorting out her feeling for Liam and Dy ...more
Allison (Crazy Something Maybe Reviews)
ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for review.

DNF @ 18%

There is a lot I like about this book. Darcy is quirky and witty. I like her weird, "we're both obviously in love with eachother and won't admit it" relationship with Dylan. I like some of the side characters, like Ivy and Jagger. I do not like the crime plot or the author's stream of consciousness writing style.

I'm not sure why a 17 year old thinks it's normal to investigate a mob murder, but it doesn't read as realistic. The whole thi
Jan 16, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
"It wasn't easy for me to study, let alone multitask. I was distracted easily and so hyperactive that trying to hold my attention was like wrangling a greasy pig. It wasn't for the impatient or faint of heart. What did that look like?"

So says Darcy Walker in her verbal self-portrait. The answer to her final question is crucial to reading Grade A Stupid by A.J. Lape. In fact, the key to reading and enjoying this book lies in understanding and embracing this character's honest and accurate descri
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Grade A Stupid
By A.J. Lape
Reviewed by S. Bree High YATR

Do you know the people who are always in trouble, find trouble and trouble finds them? I think we all know a few, right? Well this book introduces you to one, and her name is Darcy Walker. Darcy is smart, like super IQ and yet her grades are awful. She lacks any sense of direction and her school work well just forget it. Darcy has a best friend name Dylan and one serious crush on a bad boy. This her friend Dylan wishes would go away. The
Geneva Waters
Nov 14, 2013 Geneva Waters rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of the book for a fair and honest review of the book. I really enjoyed the adventures of Darcy Walkers and hope there are many more books in the series. The Book tells of a teenager Darcy Walkers adventures during high school and after finding a body in a dumpster and her adventures to find who done it. Darcy Walker is a character you can relate to and root for her adventures or misadventures lol. I like her father Murphy's Kentucky actions and way of doing things since i am f ...more
Aug 05, 2013 Isabella rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Okay there are A TON of five star reviews, so I thought there's no reason for me to do one. BUT I was at the laundromat and I was really bored, so I looked at the books on my Kindle app, and even though I have books I haven't read I still decided to read Grade A Stupid. The only problem? I couldn't help but laugh, so when I started giggling I went hmm maybe I should stop, before I start to look like this because I've done that before, one time I was watching an old Psych on my tablet and peopl ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Taylor rated it really liked it
*No Spoilers!*
I got this book free on my Amazon Kindle and really enjoyed it!
The story line was great, full of one-liners making me laughing out loud, and the mystery was well done with surprising pieces to it!
The one thing that made me give this book four out of five stars was the writing. Perhaps the author should read through it again? I found myself having to flip back a few pages to re-read because I didn't understand who Darcy was talking to or what had just happened making it hard to fol
Jan 29, 2013 grumpybybirth rated it really liked it
Gotta fall in love with a character that is so flawed she is human. You feel like you can really connect to Darcy.

This is a story of a 15 yr girl who has the biggest heart in the world, and she lets it guide her into trouble to save her friend from going to prison. She makes stupid moves until you are screaming at her, she puts herself in danger until you want to shake some sense into her. Through it all you know she is doing it for the right reasons though.

I loved the relationship's between Da
Ashley Garland
Aug 30, 2013 Ashley Garland rated it it was amazing
Darcy Darcy Darcy where to even begin with her. She is definitely grade A stupid but you can't help but love her. This book is amazing and very well written. How did you spend your high school years? Maybe with a boyfriend or going to parties. Not Darcy Walker. She finds a body and instead of doing the normal thing and call the police she jumps in the dumpster. This book will take you from murder and gangs to trying to get a boyfriend. It is hilarious and mystery all in one book. I definitely re ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
AJ Lape has written a wild, mysterious ride full of suspense, intrigue and action. Although this book is labeled for Young Adult, the intelligent and witty dialogue, thought processes and scene description is far beyond a typical YA novel. I feel this more of a New Adult piece, and readers with a passion for intrigue will definitely enjoy this book. Filled with some quirky fun thoughts of a teenage sleuth, I found myself rooting for the heroine, swooning for the best friend, and craving junk foo ...more
Jeri Conner
Dec 23, 2012 Jeri Conner rated it it was amazing
Darcy Walker lives her life like a verb, full of action and adventure. She is the girl you are dying to sit next to in class and afraid to at the same time! She is hilarious, unpredictable, and finds herself in a whole lot of trouble when she stumbles upon a dead body and decides that she must help the wrongly accused. AJ Lape weaves humor, suspense, and you guessed it, a whole lot of "stupid" into her first novel. I am looking forward to seeing what kind of mess that Darcy gets herself into nex ...more
Feb 06, 2013 Marsha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Grade A Stupid: This book has everything. Humor, suspense, intrigue, and romance. Just when I thought the suspense would be the end of me, a one liner or Darcyspeak would set me to laughing. The story line is ingenious in all its twists and turns. I have to admit, I did not figure it our on my own. When that moneygram ran out, I groaned out loud. This ending was not even on my radar as possible endings. So very well written, I cannot wait for book II. Pack my bags, I'm moving to Darcyville!
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A. J. Lape is the Amazon bestselling author of the Darcy Walker Series which has stayed on Amazon's bestseller's list since its debut in 2012. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola--plus a lifelong love affair with bacon she has no plans to sever. She's a jock and PI wannabe and recently jo ...more
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