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Of All the Stupid Things

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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, b...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by EgmontUSA
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Thorn MotherIssues
I'm kind of glad other readers liked it, because I despised this book. The friendship at the core seemed totally implausible, not to mention borderline abusive. And then while it's true that people do suddenly finding themselves falling for people of the same gender, in my experience that generally leads to some kind of soul-searching and not just making out and coming out with no real repercusssions to it, especially in a story where the girlfriend who's already been out had to leave her whole...more
Kari


This was an interesting read- in all truth, there wasn't much real substance behind the plot and yet I enjoyed it and wanted to keep reading. This book is basically about 3 friends in high school, their drama and their relationships. Each have their own thing going on while trying to stick around with the others. If I had to give a summary of my own, all I could come up with would be drama.

Whitney Blaire is the self absorbed, bratty rich girl that is the character designed to be hated- and yeah,...more
Bridgid Gallagher
OF ALL THE STUPID THINGS is written from the perspective of three friends. Tara, Pinkie, and Whitney Blaire have one of those friendships that began as a random bonding of little kids, but has carried them into high school without much thought or question - almost out of habit or comfort.

But when things start changing for the girls, they have to think about what role their friendship will play in their lives, and whether these are relationships they want.

Alexandra switches perspective from chapt...more
Jennifer
I met the author the other day in the library. I had to kick her out of the Teen Center because she was an adult using our computers but she took it in stride and when I asked if she needed help finding anything she just said she was looking up some of her friend’s books. I prodded and found out that she was also an author here in Seattle visiting friends. So cool that her new book was right there on display. I had to check it out immediately and read it.

I liked that you got the perspective on...more
Kristi
Three words; enlightening, intriguing & scandalous.

This was an interesting debut from author Alexandra Diaz. Diaz was able to accurately capture the voices of three teenage girls, teenage girls that are dealing with issues that I know even I faced or knew someone that is currently facing as a teen. I had a hard time connecting to one character over the others with the alternating chapters between the three girls, but still I enjoyed the insight to each character.

On the other hand, due to the...more
Sarah Sammis
Though presented as a teen LGBT romance, Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz is a story of the long term friendship of three girls, nearly torn apart by rumor and the entry of a new girl into the mix. The three friends are Tara — the popular girl and health nut, Whitney Blaire — the wealthy snob, and Pinkie — the girl who keeps everyone together.

The book opens with the same shocker as Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend by Carrie Jones — Tara's popular, jock boyfriend is said to have been...more
Jessica
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Laura
Tara, Pinkie, and Whitney Blaire have been friends since they were children and Tara saved Whitney Blaire from where she was stuck in a tree. Thus their bond was created and they all play a vital role.

Pinkie is the mother hen who is always checking up on the well-being of her chicks due to the fact that she lost her own mother at a very young age. Tara is the dependable and independent one who does what she is supposed to and trains hard for her marathon because she is running from the truth. Wh...more
Lauren
Nov 27, 2009 Lauren rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
After seeing ( and falling in love) with the cover of Of All the Stupid Things, I couldn't wait to dive right into it when it arrived. Sadly, while it was an cute and adorable read, it lacked in some key aspects.

First off, I want to start with the things that I liked and/ or loved.

Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinkie were three girls who were a mix of very different characteristics, making it easy to find at least one to relate to in some way or the other. Also, each girl, I felt, had the voice and...more
McKenzie
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...more
Kate
Of All the Stupid Things is an exceptional look into how the smallest of rumors can have a large effect. Told through the perspectives of Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinkie, the reader gets to the heart of the rumor and discovers the truth of what friendships, and even love, means to each of them. At first glance, the three perspectives can seem a little much; however, I really enjoyed seeing every side of the story. It gave me a deeper look into the whole picture. If the novel had only been from...more
Donna
Loved it. I was hooked pretty much immediately. The book starts right at that moment when Tara finds out about Brent and it just keeps peddling from there. You watch as this once immovable friendship starts to crack and each of the three girls is chipping away at the glass, eroding its integrity. They all have the best of intentions but you know what road those are paved with. So those best intentions are the collection of hammers that ends up shattering the glass. But, in the end, at least some...more
Liviania
OF ALL THE STUPID THINGS is the story of three friends: Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinkie. Each of them have issues that could fill a book alone, so it's surprising that they come together in such a slim volume. For the most part, it works. On the other hand, OF ALL THE STUPID THINGS tends to be too shallow.

I found Pinkie to be the hardest to relate too. She's desperate, calling the guy she likes and her friends constantly. Of course, she doesn't realize the guy (an older club advisor) isn't wort...more
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
Alexandra's debut novel Of All the Stupid Things is enticingly fierce. Her writing is subtle yet powerful. The suspense hooked me from the first page until the end. I especially loved the first sentence, "Of all the stupid things he could have done, Brent Staple had to go and do that." I was immediately intrigued and wanted to find out who this Brent was and what did he do? There are three friends, Tara, Whitney Blaire and Pinkie, which I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know. Pinkie, who I quickly...more
Jenni Frencham
Tara, Pinkie, and Whitney have been friends forever. There couldn't be three more different people, but somehow they manage to make it work. Then a rumor and an argument spiral out of control, and the three friends are separated, each trying to come to terms with the truth. Tara is dealing with an absent father, a cheating boyfriend, and possibly a new girlfriend; Pinkie is still grieving her mother's death, and Whitney doesn't know what to do with herself when she discovers she is not the cente...more
Carla
It kicks off with Tara hearing a rumour that her boyfriend Brent was doing the dirty on her with one of the cheerleaders. It sucks when your boyfriend cheats on you, but you know what makes it worse?? The fact that it was a male cheerleader. Tara decides to move on and leave Brent and the nasty rumour behind. Bu then new girl Riley shows up, and Tara starts to feel things for her that she’s never felt before, but she isn’t gay, so what does this mean? not only is Riley making Tara question her s...more
Aileen
This book starts off with one of the characters, Tara, and soon after the first few pages you realize that her boyfriend, Brent has been having sex with a guy, Chris Sanchez, one of the male cheerleaders. This "rumor" does more then just hurt Tara, it starts breaking up a previously inseparable trio, Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinky. Whitney Blaire has a male friend, David, who is in love with Whitney Blaire, but Whitney Blaire just can't seem to fall in love with him back. She seems much more in...more
Kelsey
Mar 15, 2010 Kelsey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arcs
I started and finished Of All the Stupid Things in one day. Something about it just really kept me hooked. From the first page I was pulled into the characters stories. The three main characters (Tara, Pinkie, and Whitney Blair) each shared their stories in alternating chapters. Their first person narrations were personal and refreshing. Of All the Stupid Things was honest and very realistic. I liked how at the end all the characters were really struggling to find themselves and by the end they’...more
Shi'Asia
I love the fact that this was kind of a LGBQT book. I don't see enough of those. However, I think that was the only redeeming quality about this book. First of all, the book is told from three povs. Completely unnecessary because the girls aren't saying anything important by themselves. This could have easily been told from a 3rd person point of view and simplified a lot of things. Second, the characters are very one-dimensional ( well maybe except for David, but he is a little stupid at times)....more
Joanne
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz is one of the books that I realised I had already when it came up when I was doing my research for LGBTQ YA Month. I had been looking forward to reading this book for a while, so I was glad I now hadto read it. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it that much.

Tara, Pinkie and Whitney Blaire have been friends for as long as they can remember, and each has a problem. Tara's boyfriend may or may not have been cheating on...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by McKenzie Tritt for TeensReadToo.com

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 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...more
Rebecca Alora
I had to really take a while to review this book. At first it really irked me. I found the characters immature and spewing with vitrol at every chance they got. But after thinking about it, I can safely say that this is a realistic book.

I stumbled across this book while searching for LGBT content on my NOOK. It never occured to me just how realistic it would be.

It was very hard for me to read through some of the bigotry that occured in this book. However, the truth is in those pages. When peopl...more
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
If you took a moment to read the plot summary, you'll notice that the title of the book (Of All the Stupid Things) is referring to a boy individual in the book possibly making a decision to have a relationship with another boy. I did not appreciate this title reference from the get-go, but decided to continue reading.

All of the chapters are from different character's points of view, and I found it hard to decide which character I even liked. They each have their quirks (as they normally do), but...more
Anna
The book has three main characters: Pinkie, who lost her mother at a young age and is unable to restrain her own mother-hen instinct; Whitney Blaire, a beautiful and wealthy (but manipulative) girl who is always referred to by her first and last names; and Tara, who uses running to distance herself from her emotions, and the disturbing rumor that her boyfriend might be getting it on with another guy. These three lifelong friends are thrown into chaos by the arrival on the scene of the new girl,...more
Alea
Some of my favorite books involve alternating perspectives and a group of best friends so Off All The Stupid Things at first glance would be right up my alley. And while I did enjoy reading it, it wasn't focused enough for me to love it.

I enjoyed all the characters and their basic story lines and how different they were from each other. They were almost so different it was hard to understand why they were friends, but that does get somewhat explained in the book. I love how quickly they came to...more
Sara Grochowski
I was originally drawn to OF ALL THE STUPID THINGS because of the interesting title. It definitely caught my attention and the interesting cover art was also enticing. Unfortunately, I simply couldn't get into this book.

I've read a lot of mixed reviews for this book and I'm finding it hard to write my review as well. I liked that the story was told in alternating points of view, it kept it interesting, but I just wasn't a fan of the novel overall. Perhaps if the characters would have been a bit...more
Kerry
I was rather diappointed in this book. It really didn't address the issues that I thought it would. Essentially we get a glimps into the lives of three girls, who are friends, and how their relationships change. I felt it was more about why the girls acted the way they did because of the environments in which they grew up in. It does not explore Tara's feelings about getting involved with a girl for the first time. There's far better glbt material out there.
Anne
Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinkie have been friends ever since grade school. Now they are in high school and an interwoven set of issues threatens to tear them apart. Not the least of these is new girl Riley since it appears Tara has a crush on her even though she just broke up with her boyfriend.

Not the best writing ever, but pretty realistic handling of the LGBT theme and consequent reactions from students and most of the adults.
Sarah
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah added it
Shelves: ya, novel, queer, realistic, romance
While the set up for this book is interesting, the ending is a bit of a sloppy mess. Tara comes too quickly to grips with her sexual orientation and Riley has nearly no personality of her own. Whitney Blaire is a raging bitch and I still don't understand what happened to her at the end. Pinkie is probably the best character but even she isn't enough to save this book. Which is too bad because it had a lot of potential.
Trisha
Of All the Stupid Things is narrated by three girls, each with their own parental issue: absent father, unconcerned parents, dead mother. While the situations and voices used in the story were interesting, I was disappointed with the lack of a central focus which would have allowed for full development. I am looking forward to future works by Diaz, however, because I think she has the potential for truly unique stories.
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