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