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Stupid By Choice

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A novel about the adventures and regrets of a Texas Oil Princess’s quest for finding love…

Melanie St. John is a beautiful, smart, rich Texan daddy’s girl born to a bold, high-powered lawyer in the oil business who helps Melanie grow into someone who is both worldly and capable. But once she leaves college and enters the privileged world of dating highly sought-after “men
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 13th 2013 by SBC Publishing
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Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Most of the time I like a long book. I have been reading too many below 200 pages and novella so thankful this was a feature length book. I have to say this was my cup of tea! Back in the day I would walk into the book store and go to my genre of choice and actually choose the longest book. Nothing was worse than being on the good old F train going into Manhattan with nothing to read. Sadly you have to look at the people on the train with you, not good! Anyways This ...more
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
When I was asked to review this book, I thought it would be a fun read. It's set in Texas during the time I grew up, so I was sold. Stupid by Choice was a fun read in some ways but it's so much deeper than I was expecting.

Melanie St. John lives an enchanted life. Being the daughter of a wealthy oil attorney, she wants for nothing. She grows up traveling the world while everything is served to her on a silver platter. She's surrounded by affluence and knows she's expected to marry someone who
L.V. Lewis
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Stupid by Choice is a self-deprecating portrait of dysfunction in the upper echelons of society. The book follows Melanie, a thirty-something Texas debutante who has all the trappings of success in New York through her personal "aha" moment. The story opens with her inviting movers into her home to relocate her from a bad marriage as stealthily as they can. As the three apply their muscle to packing up her belongings, Melanie unpacks the baggage of all that has transpired to get her to that ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Stupid By Choice was a little different read for me considering I read mostly YA and Erotica books. I do love all genres but lately I have fallen into a trap where I have been in the NA reading and loving it. So when I ventured off and read this book I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I have to say the descriptions of the south love it! I am a fan of down south. They have such a way of living that is different from the fast lane living I am used to. I would go every summer and I ...more
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Stupid by Choice by Leighton Summers in exchange for an honest review.

This book tells the story of Melanie St. John, an obvious Daddy’s Girl, trying to find love in a world where money seems to be no object, but love seems to be ever elusive. She and her older sister and friends are all trying to find their Prince Charming for different reasons and their struggles to find it were sometimes humorous and sometimes quite heartbreaking.

I did like the story and found the
Melanie is a woman who has a life that everybody can tell is amazing. She is a daughter of a successful lawyer and grew up with everything. But she married with a abusive man and one day she decided to get a divorce.

The book show us her journey after the divorce. How is for her become a single mother and deal with all her choices, her relationships with her family and friends. Is interesting to see her grow as a person, and in some moments the book is very human. Stupid By Choice sometimes make
This book was okay. It featured a 30-something year old Melanie St. John, who decided to divorce her abusive, asshat husband after enduring years of emotional abuse. She took her 2 year old daughter Blakely and went back home to Texas to start over.

As Melanie began her journey as a single mom, she had to reflect and understand her many choices as a young and naïve girl that "let" things happen to her as opposed to taking charge of her own life. She decided to provide a more stable environment
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.


At first, I really liked the book. It seemed sort-of realistic in its portrayal of the super rich kids and how they behaved, partied and viewed their futures. All was going well for me until Melanie moved to New York. At that point, I really struggled to believe that this spoiled girl would dare to live in conditions where rats openly ran around her apartment and bugs crawled as well. Especially after her mother was able to witness the
Samantha March
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I received a copy of Stupid by Choice by Leighton Summers in exchange for an honest review.

My first thought about this book is that it’s really long. I wish there were parts that were cut out to make the story move along faster, because I think if it did it could have held my attention better. Sometimes I had to wonder why certain scenes were being shared, how they added to the story, and really – what was the overall point of the book. The prologue was intriguing, but it seemed to take way to
Danielle Browning
Melanie St. John perfectly fits the stereotype of a southern socialite. As the daughter of a wealthy oil lawyer, she travels all over the globe to hob nob with the snobs and snag a husband. After she leaves her abusive husband and embarks on single motherhood, Melanie looks back at her choices and the poisonous relationships that have brought her to this point.

This is definitely a chick lit book. While the story is interesting, I just didn't connect to the southern theme. With the writing style,
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2013
Stupid By Choice by Leighton Summers is readable book, but it is not the easy, fun and light summer reading that it seamed to be by the summary. WARNING! It's much longer than 333 pages!

The book starts when Melanie lets movers in to her apartment, while her husband sleeps in bedroom. Then she starts to reminisce about her life up to this point. And it wasn't short reminiscence. It was like somebody's memoir, she goes really deep, and talks about every little detail ... and I was thinking - this
Talk Supe
Sadly I have to DNF this. The pace is too slow for me and the 70's isn't really my decade. I felt how dated the setting is and I wish Summers just focused on the emotional development of Melanie than stressing how rich she is.

The chapter breaks seemed long or it might have something to do with the pace. At ch7 of 24, we're still being regaled with expensive trips and more poor little rich girl anecdotes. Mel's character development is snail-paced and her experiences repetitive. I wish Summers
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Leighton Summers is a sixth generation Texan who has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe her whole life. During her travels she was always surrounded by interesting, successful (and often eccentric) people who encouraged her to find her passion and live life to the fullest. Writing novels always intrigued her, and so one day while in New York City she took out her laptop in a café ...more