Of All the Stupid Things

Of All the Stupid Things

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by Alexandra Diaz
     
 

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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

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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, but an empty mansion and absentee parents leave this beauty to look for meaning in all the wrong places. And Pinkie has a compulsive need to mother everyone to make up for the mom she's never stopped missing. This friendship that promised to last forever is starting to break under the pressure of the girls' differences.

And then new-girl Riley arrives in school with her long black hair, athletic body, and her blasé attitude, and suddenly Tara starts to feel things she's never felt before for a girl—and to reassess her feelings about Brent and what he may/may not have done. Is Tara gay—or does she just love Riley? And can her deepest friendships survive when all of the rules have changed?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Told from alternating points of view, this story follows best friends Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinkie as their relationships begin to change. Each teen is dealing with personal issues: Tara fears abandonment due to a potentially cheating boyfriend and a father who left her; Whitney Blaire leads a lonely life, as her parents are never around; and Pinkie misses her dead mother tremendously. Instead of gaining strength from her friends, Tara seeks comfort in Riley, the new girl in town. Before long, she develops feelings for Riley that both shock and excite her. Whitney Blaire and Pinkie disapprove of Riley and her role in Tara's life. Will the girls' friendship survive? The revolving narration helps readers understand each character's thoughts and feelings. Diaz's descriptions of Tara's love for Riley are sweet and genuine, but Whitney Blaire's and Pinkie's reactions seem overdone, unrealistic, and, at times, out of character. The novel ends convincingly, however, with the girls still trying to understand and deal with what has happened.—Sarah K. Allen, Elko Middle School, Sandston, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606841884
Publisher:
EgmontUSA
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Alexandra Diaz grew up in a bilingual Spanish/English-speaking family in various parts of the US but has also lived in Puerto Rico, Austria, and Great Britain, where she's currently based. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English and Communications from Lake Forest College and then went on to be awarded an MA on the prestigious Writing for Young People course at England's Bath Spa University. Her writing has appeared in newspapers, literary magazines, children's magazines, Web sites, and anthologies. Although writing is the only career she ever wanted, Alexandra has worked as a nanny, teacher, Web designer, financial administrator, and waitress, to name but a few.

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Of All the Stupid Things 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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 ALL THE STUPID THINGS easily could have been fluff, but it developed into so much more. Told in alternating perspectives of the three best friends, this story has some major drama. The pacing was a bit too up-and-down, but the ups were so darn exciting that they made up for the lulls. The plot seemed believable. Emotions went crazy, as did the girls. I liked the characters, for the most part. Tara, the most central character, was a bit under-emotional and tough, but that's why I connected with her. Whitney Blaire was way too over the top for me, with her crazy temper. Pinkie was so clingy. Honestly girl, stop worrying! She was incredibly annoying, but I still found myself sympathizing with her because you could tell she was the odd one out. Riley seemed like a bad person based on everyone else's reaction to her, but she really wasn't that bad. I liked her quite a bit by the end of the story. The problems in this novel were created by the classic the-main-characters-just-won't-talk-and-get-it-over-with syndrome. You know the one. It's so obvious that all the characters have to do is talk it out, but they're stubborn and refuse to. However, I was very happy with the ending. It was happy, but not in a sickly sweet way. Everything wasn't perfect and magically fixed. It was realistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes my big sister want to have sex with her boyfriend
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tara stogner More than 1 year ago
My name is also tara so reading it and seeing my name everywhere was weird