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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Spot; First Edition edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446695726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446695725
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This funny duet pairs two New York City 20-something neighbors: Heaven Albright, whose reversal in fortunes transforms her from über-PR exec to bumbling waitress, and Brady Gilbert, an aspiring music producer with problems navigating the bright lights of the big city. The story of their personal and professional travails unfolds in alternating chapters, appealingly narrated by zany Heaven and wry Brady. The two meet-cute downstairs at the deli, and even if the novel's arc is familiar (it's instantly obvious that Heaven and Brady's initial distaste for each other can never last), Crane's giddy, playful prose feels fresh. When Heaven inevitably gets fired from the restaurant, she joins Brady on a trip to Seattle, where he hopes for a face-to-face meeting with Starbucks founder Howard Schultz to pitch him an idea for Cinnamilk (the flavor left after you've eaten cinnamon cereal). The adventures that play out from New York to Seattle as the two pursue their idealistic dreams prove so much fun that a touch of predictability hardly matters. TV writer Crane heavily spices her debut with pop culture references from the '80s to the present day and keeps the story moving with snappy dialogue, a combo likely to entertain legions of (gum-popping) readers. (May 12)
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From Booklist

With this winning romantic comedy, former MTV head writer Crane delivers a first novel reminiscent of Laura Zigman's best-selling Animal Husbandry (1997). The story is told in alternating chapters by 29-year-old indie record producer Brady, who could have stepped right out of a Nick Hornby novel, and 26-year-old PR maven turned surly waitress Heaven, a veritable modern-day Lucille Ball. The two meet when they become neighbors, and Heaven keeps receiving Brady's mail, which she promptly opens and reads. But irritation soon turns into attraction as the two eventually take a wacky road trip to Seattle, where Brady waxes enthusiastic about signing a young band and attempts to land a meeting with the founder of Starbucks about his idea for a new drink. Crane makes light comedy, usually so difficult to create and sustain, look effortless. Laden with references to cool bands and obsolete snack foods and full of witty repartee, this will elicit knowing smiles from MTV and pop--culture devotees. Joanne Wilkinson
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More About the Author

Caprice Crane is the internationally bestselling author of five novels and a writer for both television and screen. Crane has written for the hit TV show 90210 (2.0) and spent a number of years writing for MTV. Crane won awards for both her debut novel, STUPID AND CONTAGIOUS, and her second novel, FORGET ABOUT IT. Her 3rd novel and 4th novels, FAMILY AFFAIR and WITH A LITTLE LUCK, received rave reviews and Crane's fifth novel, her DEBUT Young Adult novel, CONFESSIONS OF A HATER, hit stores on August 27th, 2013 and has been garnering lots of attention including fantastic reviews in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Crane divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, depending on the mood of her dog, Max. Her website is: www.capricecrane.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/capricecrane
Her facebook page is: www.facebook.com/writercapricecrane
Instagram: www.instagram.com/capricecrane
Social Security Number: Hey! Not so fast!

Customer Reviews

Laugh out loud funny, and a must read!
Nikkie
After reading the book, I felt like I knew Heaven and Brady intimately and I deeply wished I really knew people like them.
J. Laudermilch
I finished reading this book in one night.
Cindy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Monica Poling on May 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Written in a he-said, she-said style, the novel opens with over-the-top Heaven lamenting the fact that her husband is cheating on her. Wait, her husband's not actually cheating, because she's only engaged, not married. She's just practicing for the future. But wait, she's not really engaged, just practicing that too.

Heaven's just been fired from her mega-PR-firm, new next door neighbor Brady has his own problems. He's trying to start his own independent music label, trying to get in touch with Starbuck's Howard Schultz to pitch "Cinnamilk," and he has to find a new place to live, because his psycho ex-girlfriend commandeered his rent-controlled apartment.

It is only around page 100, when Crane has finally established the "different-ness" of her characters, that she really finds her stride and settles into a story that is as enjoyable as it is familiar. After Heaven gets fired from the deli, she goes with Brady on a trip to Seattle. He's trying to score a one-on-one with Howard Schultz, and she wants to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the passing of Kurt Cobain.

It is here that the reader starts to take Brady seriously as a businessman, and when we start to see Heaven emerge from the bitter funk she's been in. It is also when we really begin to like these characters.

What really gives this novel it's refreshing flavor, is that the main character is not a fashionista, not even sporting the slightest shoe-obsession. Rather than search e-bay for name-brands, Heaven gets excited by receiving a can of "Tab."

The book also stands out from the fray with it's excellent music references-it's obvious that former MTV writer Crane knows her stuff.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Blitz on May 1, 2006
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I'm not one for the atypical "Chick Lit", and despite the cover and the possible premise, this book was anything but. Smart and funny with two characters that I actually wanted to be friends with, "Stupid and Contagious" is a fast-paced, charming and thoroughly entertaining read. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Crookham on March 30, 2009
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Dude if you want to get lost in a book and just laugh out loud this is the book for you!!! My friend let me borrow this book and I read it in two days cause I couldn't put it down it was sooo funny!!! I strive to be as funny as Heaven, she kills me!! But for real it's a great fun read so I definitely recommend it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EF Willi on May 15, 2006
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I bought this book yesterday evening after reading the first few pages in Barnes and Noble and just finished... I loved every second of it (and obviously couldn't put it down). Cheers to Crane for this clever story and quirky characters. Stupid and Contagious is a great way to spend time... so if you're reading reviews wondering if you should buy this... DO IT!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Little D on May 23, 2006
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This book is the BEST!

I could relate to both the main characters Heaven and Brady. They are hilarious and I ended up laughing out loud while at Starbucks enjoying my coffee, sans cinnamilk (you wont get this unless you read the book). Whether you're a girl or a guy you'll end up falling for these lovable, witty, funny, loving characters.

I'm really looking forward to Caprice's next book. Hopefully we don't have to wait too long!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Lee Smith on February 17, 2013
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Stupid and Contagious makes you wish the characters were real so they could spend the rest of their lives driving each other crazy. Also, a few more years of their heavy drinking and their habit of stuffing their faces with donuts, pancakes, double burgers, etc., would eventually bring results that might stop Heaven and Brady from looking down their noses at "fat" and "old" people they encounter.

That said, Crane is a talented writer with a sense of humor I appreciate. I have read Forget About It, which is a much better novel. I look forward to finding out what this author will do, and how she will choose to develop and grow when it comes to her storytelling, in the coming years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.B. on June 6, 2009
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this book has got to be one of the funniest books i've ever read.
it was hard to put down.

the characters are great. their chemistry keeps you laughing. Heaven sounds like a girl i'd want to hang out with.
Caprice Crane did an awesome job, cant wait to read her 2nd book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Nelson on May 19, 2009
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I have had this book sitting on my shelf for a few months now. I kept passing it over thinking I was "over" reading books about 20 somethings looking for love, especially since I just hit 40. But I had nothing else to read so finally got around to it. Immediately, I was drawn in to the characters and the style of the book. I love the back and forth of the guy vs. girl perception of events. It has made me laugh out loud and there are not many books that do that. I think there are a lot of different circumstances in this book that many people can relate to. Mine was when Heaven was working in the restaurant. Going to look at this authors other books now!!!
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