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Stupid and Contagious Paperback – May 1, 2006
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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.Read more ›
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.
Of all Crane's books, Stupid and Contagious is my favorite - quirky, fun and unexpected. Heaven Albright just got fired from her PR job and descends into a comic morass of neuroses and junk food. Her new neighbor, Brady Gilbert, is a minor-league music producer with a genius idea that'll be worth millions if only he can get someone at Starbucks corporate office to pay attention to him.
Crane's writing is full of pop culture and music references - I wish I listened to a Caprice Crane playlist while I read - and the humor is extra dry. The chapters alternate between Heaven and Brady's perspectives, and Crane does a great job getting in Brady's head. So many female romance/chick-lit authors write from what we all wish was a man's perspective, but Crane seems to really nail what this guy really is thinking, scary though it may be. The snappy dialogue and the honest interactions between Heaven and Brady come together to make this book a wickedly fun read.
And a little side note, I really didn't care for the main character Heaven. Her mentality was just completely bonkers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was one of those books that I picked up way after it was popular after hearing about it for so long. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Megan J.
Easy entertaining read. Funny, like a written version of rom-com.Published 10 months ago by Jennifer
This book made me laugh both times I read it. It's fresh, fun, and laugh out loud funny. Crane nails the male and female POV's and this book is my fave by her.Published 13 months ago by Tamara Mataya
It's been hard for me to get into books lately, I won't bother continuing to read a book if it doesn't grab me in the first few pages. Read morePublished 14 months ago by CARMEN
Great read. Funny, awkward and romantic all at the same timePublished 15 months ago by Brittani Magee
Loved it!! The book was well written. I finished it in 3 days. Kept me on my toes with the constant back & forth between the main charactersPublished 19 months ago by MOON