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Of All the Stupid Things

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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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Reading Corner
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-requested
2.5 stars

Firstly, thank you to Alexandra Diaz for sending me a beautiful hardcover copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review.

The novel follows the lives of three best friends Tara,Whitney Blaire and Pinkey who begin to encounter difficulties in their friendship, due to several events.Tara encounters problems with her boyfriend Brent which puts a strain on her friends and herself and later develops into more problems for the three.A new girl in school, Riley enters the scene and in Wh
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Thorn MotherIssues
Aug 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
3 Stars

Received for review via Paper Lantern Lit


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For all the freshmen. I promise my high school experience wasn’t near this dramatic. And if your’s so happens to be as dramatic as the experience as the girl’s in WHEN WE WERE, I wish you the best of luck.

Oh high school. A time where your grow both out of, as well as into your own body and mind. Lose friends, gain some. You more classes you want to take. High school. Before I go any further, I would just like to say that the high school
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Mia Siegert
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I... oh dear. The last thing I want to do is give a poor review but this... didn't work. It was also majorly problematic and shockingly homophobic with little resolution. Like, really. I was shocked. And it takes a lot to shock me. And this sort of shock was the bad sort of shock.

Characters: Unbelievable except for Tara, who wasn't exactly likable but tolerable. All seemed far too young for their ages--I honestly thought they were
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Claire
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
See the full review and more on Cover to Cover, my
blog!

*I received this e-book through Paper Lantern Lit for review

When We Were offered an intriguing premise, but dull character foundations and unnecessary drama detracted from the story.

The characters were cardboard cutouts. While Whitney, Tara, and Pinkie were supposed to represent unique, interesting, and different individuals united by friendship, they fell flat as basic depictions of high-school stereotypes. It felt as if our heroines embo
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Sarah Sammis
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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Kris
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sent-for-review
(Thanks to The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint and NetGalley, I received an ebook copy of this book for free to review.)

“What if Brent cheated on me? With a guy?”

This book is about a group of three girlfriends one of which is a girl named Tara who finds out her boyfriend may be cheating on her with a guy. The three friends all play a specific role. There is Tara who is the quintessential “popular” girl, there is Whitney Blaire who is the “snobby” girl, and Pinkie who is more of the “people p
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Bridgid Gallagher
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Aoife
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tara, Whitney Blaire and Pinkie are three best friends who seem to be the perfect trio until things begin falling apart when Tara finds out her perfect boyfriend was seen kissing another guy. As Tara tries to figure out her relationship, she gets even more confused when a new girl stirs up feelings she never knew she had and Whitney attempts to guard her best friend's feelings.

T
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Blow Pop
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Content warnings: lesbian relationships, cheating, heterosexual relationships, homophobia, possible gay relationships, possible bisexual representation, sex, alcohol use, deals with loss of parent

Though, the book on Netgalley is listed as When We Were. Which made finding this on Goodreads and Amazon a little difficult as I had to bring up all the books by the author and read the descriptions until I found them (luckily the author doesn’t have many). And depending on the version it’s either liste
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Donna
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Kari
Mar 07, 2010 rated it liked it


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,
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Liviania
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Laura
Nov 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2009
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
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Lauren
Jul 06, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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La Femme Readers
Aug 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Kristi
Jul 19, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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Kelly
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Este libro me regalo una querida amiga, y la verdad me encanto ❤

A pesar de que las protagonistas del libro son bastante jóvenes, son demasiado divertidas y me mate de la risa con las ocurrencias de cada una, también que son escenarios que pasan en la vida real y m encanta ese realismo :)
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Joanne
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 had to 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 o
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Bella
Aug 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm so disappointed by this book. It was under developed, problematic, and frankly, a little homophobic. I didn't like a single one of the main characters, and their 'friendship' didn't portray in the book at all - it made me wonder how they'd become friends. I'd been looking forward to reading this book for quite a while, but I'm sadly left disappointed with it.
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
When We Were seemed really interesting, and yet, I found myself thinking that it was just okay. I really did want to like it more than I did.

I think the biggest reason why When We Were was just okay was that I felt like it wasn't as developed as it could have been.

Like Tara, Pinkie and Whitney Blaire. I get the girls are best friends, but they're all so different that it was a little hard to see why they were such close friends. They were all pretty stereotypical- Tara's the athlete, Pinkie is
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Angelina
Originally posted on Fables Library

We received When We Were from Paper Lantern Lit as part of their summer VIP Trendsetter program! This does NOT effect our reviews in any way at all!

 

The Characters:


Angelina: The characters just didn't stick with me at all. I didn't enjoy them all that much and couldn't connect with them for some reason. Perhaps it's because one of them was a mean girl and the other was a sporty girl, but I don't know. I just didn't like them all that much. Also these cha

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Alexandra
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
For the full version of this review as well as other reviews and features, go to SleepsOnTables.

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When We Were is about three best friends in high school–Whitney Blaire, Tara, and Pinkie–and what happens to their relationships with one another when a rumor starts and a new girl starts at school. Tara thought she had the perfect lif
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Jessica
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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Kelsey
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Carla
Dec 10, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Brittney
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Originally posted on Brit's Book Nook

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

I hate reviewing books that I don’t like because I was raised by the motto “If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.” One of the only things I did like about this book was the views it presented on sexuality. It talked about how you can be attracted to different genders at the same time, and that how a person can be attracted to people and not their ge
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Tanya
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The book is written in the alternating viewpoints of three high school friends: the rich, but lonely, Whitney Blaire, the smart "mother hen" Pinkie and athlete Tara. Each girl has her own distinct personality and voice. At the beginning of the book, Whitney Blaire shows Tara a photo she was texted that appears to show Tara's boyfriend making out with Chris Sanchez, a male cheerleader. Tara tries to get past it, but they end up breaking up. When a new girl named Riley moves to town it disrupts al ...more
Aileen
Jul 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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