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Stupid and Contagious Paperback – May 12, 2006
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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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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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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.
I loved Heaven. The book was so funny, that it makes you actually laugh out loud or giggle while reading it.
Amazing book with light and cute characters. The writing is very clear, easy to read and descriptive. If you are one of those people that actually imagine yourself as one of the characters while reading a book - I STRONGLY recommend this book. You will love yourself being any character from Stupid and Contagious. It was so good that i actually narrated the whole book to my husband while dining out at a fancy restaurant. All I could talk about was this book that i had just finished reading and boy is it funny.
I want to be Caprice's best friend. Someone who can write like this, is definetely the type of friend that everyone needs in their lives.
This book is incredibly predictable in places, and almost everything that happens to Heaven and Brady is completely unrealistic in every sense of the word. However, that's part of the fun! The characters in the story are all very likeable, especially crazy, quirky Heaven. The dialogue is clever and funny, and the quick pacing of the novel means there's never a dull moment for the reader. I also enjoyed all the various pop culture references: the title of the book comes from a popular Nirvana song, which is awesome. Also, there's a part in the book when Heaven and her dog meet Ben Stiller, and it's absolutely hilarious!
If you're looking for something light and fun to read, "Stupid and Contagious" is definitely for you.
I'm not the kind of person who normally reads what might be called "Chick Lit," but if Caprice Crane is any indication of what's out there, I'm definitely having to change my reading tastes.
When you take a character like Heaven Albright and bring her to life so effortlessly, it's a little bit like finding a burst of light in a dismal darkness. A free spirit with a good heart (and a delightfully sarcastic mind), she's the ideal fictional girl that every guy would love to meet and fall in love with.
If you're looking for a terrific read, filled with witty dialogue, believable characters, and over-the-top-yet-plausible situations, look no further than "Stupid and Contagious."