Stupid and Contagious – Caprice Crane

Title: Stupid and Contagious
Author: Caprice Crane
ISBN: 9780446695725
Pages: 336
Release Date: May 1, 2006
Publisher: 5 Spot
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5

From Amazon.com:

Twenty-six-year-old Heaven Albright is a failed PR executive turned embittered waitress. Twenty-nine-year-old Brady Gilbert is a struggling independent music producer with no bands and a get-rich quick product idea: “Cinnamilk”–a delicious beverage derived from leaving cereal in the bowl too long. What do these two people have in common? Not much–except for a shared dislike for one another as neighbors. You see, Heaven has an annoying habit of opening Brady’s mail. The tide turns, however, when she rescues Brady from an awkward encounter with his psycho ex-girlfriend, sparking an unlikely friendship and a united quest to pitch Cinnamilk to the founder of America’s biggest coffee chain. But will Brady and Heaven’s fortune-seeking adventures also brew romance?

Though I am a huge fan of chick lit, I have never read anything by Caprice Crane. I used to get her confused with Megan Crane (who ironically had the same publisher), but now I’m glad to say that I have read both their books! Stupid and Contagious was my first Caprice Crane book – a fun chick lit novel that was easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable.

I loved the way that Stupid and Contagious was narrated. Too often in chick lit, we are skewed by the girl’s way of looking at things. There are misunderstandings because the woman doesn’t understand what the man is trying to say/do. While there is some of that in Stupid and Contagious, the reader is never sucked into these problems. Instead, with the dual narration of both Heaven and Brady, the reader gets a birds eye view of what’s going on. It’s very well-written and appealing.

I have to say, I didn’t really like Heaven when I first started reading Stupid and Contagious. I thought she was nosy and completely inappropriate. While that perception of her never really changed, for some reason she really grew on me as the book progressed. It was actually very surprising and I admired Crane for being able to write such a nuanced, layered character. While my first impressions were negative, I definitely liked her by the time the book ended.

Stupid and Contagious is a very entertaining chick lit book that I highly recommend. However, I think that guys might also enjoy this book, given the chance. This is a novel that has wide appeal and I definitely think that it’s worth reading!

Comments

  1. OOO I like this book, or I think I will like this book! I love the title and cover, my two favorite reasons for choosing a book!

  2. OOO I like this book, or I think I will like this book! I love the title and cover, my two favorite reasons for choosing a book!

  3. I’ll be back to catch up reading your blog, but I have an award for you: http://bfishreads.blogspot.com/2009/08/awards-creative-rock-n-roll.html

  4. I’ll be back to catch up reading your blog, but I have an award for you: http://bfishreads.blogspot.com/2009/08/awards-creative-rock-n-roll.html

  5. The book sounds good and I love the title!

  6. The book sounds good and I love the title!

  7. Sounds good, although I’d have a hard time taking a character named Heaven seriously. I mean, seriously? 🙂

  8. Sounds good, although I’d have a hard time taking a character named Heaven seriously. I mean, seriously? 🙂

  9. Great review of a book with a really good title!

  10. Great review of a book with a really good title!

  11. What a cute cover!! I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog! I hope you’ll stop by mine as well! (Whenever you get a chance)!

    xoxo Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

  12. What a cute cover!! I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog! I hope you’ll stop by mine as well! (Whenever you get a chance)!

    xoxo Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

  13. I like chick lit and beach reads too, once in a while. However, I am not too convinced whether this one book really has a cause worth my effort of reading. Or, maybe its coz I am totally disillusioned after spending this weekend reading Paradise House by Erica James, another beach read, that tries to tell a story from the girl’s perspective and this style of writing is so boring, I can’t imagine reading another book that works on the same lines.

    Anyway, thanks for posting the review. Do keep sharing your thoughts on what you like to read. You’ve got a good blog there.

  14. I like chick lit and beach reads too, once in a while. However, I am not too convinced whether this one book really has a cause worth my effort of reading. Or, maybe its coz I am totally disillusioned after spending this weekend reading Paradise House by Erica James, another beach read, that tries to tell a story from the girl’s perspective and this style of writing is so boring, I can’t imagine reading another book that works on the same lines.

    Anyway, thanks for posting the review. Do keep sharing your thoughts on what you like to read. You’ve got a good blog there.

  15. I absolutely love this book. It’s been a long-time favourite of mine, and one that I’ve gone back to several times (which I don’t do too often). For some reason, Crane’s humour and expression just strikes me as really funny and unique. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves a good chick-lit with a bit of an edge.

    Another book I’d recommend is one called ‘Knickles and Dimes’. It has hilarious characters and a really great story.

    Thanks for the review!

  16. I absolutely love this book. It’s been a long-time favourite of mine, and one that I’ve gone back to several times (which I don’t do too often). For some reason, Crane’s humour and expression just strikes me as really funny and unique. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves a good chick-lit with a bit of an edge.

    Another book I’d recommend is one called ‘Knickles and Dimes’. It has hilarious characters and a really great story.

    Thanks for the review!

  17. I thought this one was really good, so I got another by her called Forget About It. It was awful, which was too bad because she really is funny, the story just was dumb.

  18. I thought this one was really good, so I got another by her called Forget About It. It was awful, which was too bad because she really is funny, the story just was dumb.

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