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Stupid and Contagious

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  5,973 ratings  ·  609 reviews
In this hilarious, romantic comedy, two twenty-something neighbors embark on a zany mission to meet the founder of Starbucks, and in doing so, find each other.
Paperback, 317 pages
Published May 12th 2006 by 5 Spot (first published May 1st 2006)
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Dec 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2008
I hesitated to even admit that I read this on here. And I had to explain to my daughter why I was reading a book with this title and she isn't allowed to say the word stupid in our house. I don't recommend this to anyone unless their looking for total mind candy. That being said, there are some very funny parts to this book, including this quote,
"yesterday I had a woman ask me what kind of salad dressings we have. I told her we have sesame soy dressing, spicy lime vinaigrette, and blue cheese. s
Aug 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This book was comic genius. Told from the alternating point of view of a guy and a girl. He's trying to come up with "The Next Big Thing" soon as he thinks of what that might be. She's his seemingly crazy neighbor that's trying to figure out what to do with her life.

Lots of current cultural references. Just plain funny and easy to read.
Jimmy Navy
Dec 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Berhati-hatilah membenci seseorang karena bisa-bisa Anda malah jatuh cinta padanya. Benci tapi Rindu, begitu kata Diana Nasution dalam lagunya. Jadul…!

Berhati-hati juga kalau Anda terlalu sering bersama dengan seseorang, bisa-bisa Anda jadi terbiasa dan malah jatuh cinta padanya. Seperti kata pepatah Jawa, witing tresno jalaran soko kulino. Yang artinya… Tanya saja sama temanmu yang berasal dari Jawa, karena bertanya padaku adalah hal yang mustahil.

Dua hal di atas, pernah terjadi pada teman kul
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Stupid? Yes. Contagious? No.

I thought the main character "Heaven" was incredibly inconsistent. She was a supposed PR marketing genius, but seemed to have the maturity of a 12-year old. It was like almost two different characters. The author did a terrible job of blending these persona's. Also, Heaven was so annoying, delusional, random and insane. I couldn't stand her and reading about her idiocy bored me to tears. There were only three scenes that made her slightly bearable, but other than thos
Jul 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
So good! I loved this book. Funny, silly, goofy. Heaven and Brady were perfect loveable characters.
Looking forward to her next novel.
Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5stars
After having a so-so reaction to Caprice Crane's other novel, Forget About It, I was wary of reading this one, but here I am, giving it 5 freaking stars. Color me pleasantly surprised.

The prose switches between the two characters, Heaven and Brady, chapter-by-chapter. I don't normally enjoy this type of format, but Crane makes it work by skipping the doldrum "this is my life" explanation crap and jumping right into the essence of the characters - how they speak. I'm a big believer of dialogue
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Well, I finally finished it. Honestly, I can see why some people find this book great and hilarious. I don't know if maybe I'm just not very into contemporary right now, but I had such a hard time going through the book-- especially at the beginning! I mean seriously, what is up with Heaven?


Somewhere in the latter-middle part, when my mind finally accepted the concept that is Heaven, the story became a little bit more readable for me although Brady did have some of his moments too.


After they get
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a refreshing, fun read. I laughed out loud more times than I could count while reading, and it was just what I needed.

The voice of both Brady and Heaven were so hilariously unique, and their senses of humor were completely in line with mine, hence all the cackling that happened. I do so love a good narrative, especially one that can artfully sprinkle pop culture references throughout, and this one succeeded in both.

A couple things made me knock this down from 5 stars: 1) Parts of the book
Kajal Nehra
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: funny-as-hell
More like:
(3 + 1) stars, [that 1 star being for all the times it made me laugh the hardest]

When I started I had really really super-duper high hopes for Stupid and Contagious (never a good thing that, right?) so yeah I was a tiny bit disappointed.

To be honest I loved Heaven and Brady. Yup, loved them! The book was like that silly-funny book, still so much meaningful. I sure as hell liked the book. Though I am going to agree that just as I thought in Significance by Shelly Crane, I thought there
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Overall rating: 3 stars

Genre: Chick-Lit
Plot: 7/10
Ending: 7/10
Writing: 6/10
Hero: 7/10
Heroine: 7/10
Humour: 6/10
HEA: (view spoiler)

Recommend: depends
Re-read: no
Read more from author: yea
Indri Juwono
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovelit-abroad

I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us..

Lirik lagu dari Nirvana di atas sepertinya mengilhami si penulis untuk memberi judul buku ini Stupid and Contagious, apalagi ada satu bagian yang menceritakan perjalanan ke Seattle pada hari peringatan bunuh dirinya Kurt Cobain, yang anehnya kenapa diterjemahkan jadi 'jodoh dari kamar sebelah', sepertinya misterinya berkurang. Jadi terbaca jelas bahwa ketika mereka diceritakan bertetangga, jadi berjodoh.

Cerita ini memuat dua su
Oct 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
I probably would have enjoyed this if I hadn't been so distracted by the language used that adds nothing to the plot. I'm not talking about words like fuck or shit, because the author uses those and I don't care at all. I'm talking about the use of words like fag and retard as insults that the protagonists use. Honestly? Is the author really that obtuse?

The heroine also speaks in ways that show that she clearly thinks that she is above her bosses because they have chosen to work in the service i
Alisha Chico
I was so sure that I was going to give this book 3-4 stars. It was stupid, so very stupid, but it was a funny/amusing stupid and I was certainly amused by these insane main characters. And then the author decided that it was entirely appropriate to dedicate an entire chapter to how disgusting and awful it was to have to sit next to an obese woman on the plane, who then had the nerve to breast feed her two month old infant on the plane. To give you an idea of how awful this chapter was, here's a ...more
Moon Love
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The is Caprice Crane's debut novel and the second of hers that I have read. It's not usual to find great first books and I'm glad to say I liked this one as much as her second book.

Heaven and Brady are next door neighbors. It's dislike at first sight, even though they dislike each other even before they meet for the first time! Heaven works in public relations and she's good at what she does. Unfortunately she has a low bs meter and no sense of personal boundaries. You're either left laughing a
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
Heaven has lost her job as a PR rep and now a waitress trying to make ends meet and stay happy with her life. Brady just got out of a bad relationship and is struggling trying to make his record label work, and he just moved into next to Heaven. With mis-delivered mail that Heaven takes it upon herself to open for Brady their friendship starts and blossoms into what seems to be a mutual annoyance friendship that grows.

I enjoyed this book. Which seems different from most of the reviews I look at
Zoe and the Edge
By themselves, Heaven and Brady are boring and a bit whiny. Together, they are hilarious.
Heaven is a psycho. I mean, who opens someone else's mail? She's nuts but it provided me with so much entertainment I can't bear to bitch about it. Unpredictability is high on my list of heroine values and Heaven has got it in spades. She is so crazy. She's the epitome of sweet and sour.
Brady sees Heaven as the annoying, hyperactive neighbour. She's kind of his pet that he grows fond of.
This author is not p
Jun 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is the worst book I've ever read. It may have struck me as particularly terrible because I usually give books like this such a wide berth, I only picked this one up because it was in my house. Everything about it annoyed the hell out of me. If you want yet another completely idiotic "Hipster Boy meets Manic Pixie Dream Girl" story with a smattering of music references, by all means read this book. If you want to read something actually good, run away as fast as you can.

P.S. Blinded by the L
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh, well, IT WAS AWESOME! I never thought that I'll like a chic-lit book so much, but this one was amazing! Seriously! Still don't trust me? Open it and read (please read more than 30 pages because at first I was like "WTF is this?")

Got the book a long time ago, from my favourite aunt (it was a Christmas gift) and she told me that she picked it because it was just like me "stupid and... contagious"!
Jun 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Really, really good. Not just a chick book. Has guys perspective too.
Mar 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
This book was hilarious. And the main guy character is my soulmate.
Crossroads Library
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read this book more than a few times but this is the first time I've read it this year. Is it the best book I've ever read? Definitely not. But it's hilarious, and sweet, and honestly Heaven's experience working at the restaurant really resonated with me, given my food service industry past. This is one of those books that I turn to when I just want to read a book that I know I'm going to like. There's not a lot of depth to it - I think it's safe to say that it's more of a junk food sort of ...more
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2011
I love Caprice Crane. I do. She is one of the funniest people ever. She shouldn’t be a writer, she should be a comedian. She totally missed her calling. But, you know, I’m sorta glad she IS a writer because I love her books. I read Forget About It a while back and pre-ordered With A Little Luck as soon as I saw it online and I absolutely loved it. So with Stupid and Contagious, her debut novel on my shelf, I had to read it. Because it sounded ridiculous. In the most nicest of ways. And it was ri ...more
Jaime Arkin
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Stupid and Contagious is probably one of the funniest books I've read in quite a while. I swear for the first third of the book this was me


Heaven and Brady are neighbors. Brady has just moved in and Heaven has just recently lost her job. I'm finding it hard to put into words just how different these characters are.

Heaven has it in her head that if she isn't married by the age of 27 she's probably going to die... and Brady, well, he's definitely not looking to get married at all. He's just ende
Natalie Monroe
I was extremely surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Other than Sophie Kinsella, I've never been able to stomach other chick lit books because they lacked the magic Kinsella weaved in her stories.
The book alternates between the POVs of the two main charcters Heaven and Brady. The story begins with Brady being kicked out of his flat by his psychotic ex, Sarah and moves next door to Heaven. Hilarity results with Brady yelling in his flat to test the echo and Heaven opening his mail. But thr
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Stupid and Contagious by Caprice Crane was different from many of the books on this blog. Heaven loses her high paying PR job and ends up as a waitress where she has a hard time not talking back to rude customers. Brady struggles to keep his record label afloat and has just moved to Heaven's apartment building.

The two meet when Heaven brings over Brady's mail which has found itself to her instead. Brady is not impressed with his open mail and Heaven's forward personality. Heaven can barely stand
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love this book! I actually kind of struggle with wether to give it 4 or 5 stars. I hesitate with 5 because it's not one of the very best books I've read, BUT I will definitely be recommending this one all around so it's THAT good. It's also rare that I would put a book on my "favorites" list that I give 4 stars to, but it's on there. I think in the end I would actually give this one 4.5 stars.

HEAVEN! Gah! What's not to love?! She's fucking CRAZY! Like off her rocker, and I LUVVVVVV her. I thi
Sep 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachel by: A gift from Chris
I read this book a few years ago, and I have actually read it about 3 times total. Then I lent it to someone and I have never seen it again. And I miss it desperately! I can't bring myself to buy a new copy because I have so many passages underlined, and tons of my own comments in the margins that to have to start all over makes me sad. (Every time I would re-read I would use a different color ink. This allows me to know when the different yummy bits popped out at me.) I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOV ...more
Evanston Public  Library
Caprice Crane’s debut novel,Stupid and Contagious, initially piqued my curiosity because: 1) Ms. Crane is the daughter of Tina Louise (remember “Ginger” from Gilligan’s Island?); 2) the cover title refers to Nirvana’s most awesome song “Smells Like Teen Spirit”; and, 3) the cover design (to your left) showing the kids sitting on the retro-green couch with orange shag carpet at foot is pretty cool. So I started reading Stupid and contagious and—despite some early reservations—continued on through ...more
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
To be frank, Heaven and Brady are brilliant. Their duality is electric and infused with humor. Really, they’re like bread and butter. Or peanut butter and jelly. Separate, they’re equally fantastic, but together they’re amazing.

Crane’s writing is so detailed about the little things, the everyday events that we tend to overlook; she captures these minute details and moments in the most humorous and quirky ways possible, that the normally dull subjects turn alive and become not so boring. Along w
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Witty, hilarious, and slightly screwy you can't not fall in the love with the quirky Heaven or to want a Brady of your own. Every girl will want to move to New York and have a neighbor-romanace equal to that of Brady and Heaven's. Heaven has a twisted sense of humor, always saying whatever random thoughts pop into head at the time with no care to who she says them to, Brady has a complusive need for aisle seats whenever he flies and an obsession for inventing the next big thing....Cinnamilk! Thi ...more
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“Yesterday I had a woman ask me what kind of salad dressings we have. I told her we have sesame soy dressing, spicy lime vinaigrette, and blue cheese. She made a face and asked, 'Is that all?' 'Yes,' I told her, 'those are all of our dressings.' 'Don't you have any other dressings?' he says. I mean, what the hell? What does she think? That I'm holding out? I was tempted to say, "No, we actually have an entirely different assortment of dressings that I don't tell people about the first time they ask, because they don't deserve these great secret dressings. But now that you have proven your worth, I will show you to the VIP room, where the array of salad dressings will dazzle and delight you.” 49 likes
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