Stupid Love (Stupid In Love #3) by Cindy MilesStupid Love by Cindy Miles
Published September 2015
Series: Stupid In Love #3
Genres: New Adult, Young Adult
four-stars
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
 

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MEMORY

Casualties.

That’s how I refer to the guys who’ve had the bad fortune to fall for me. They only see long legs that they wish were wrapped around them, a cat-like smile, and the reckless abandon to take on any wild dare. It’s all a game to me. Show me a bridge, and I’ll leap over the side. Give me a car, and I’ll race it. Give me a heart, and I’ll break it. I always win. I even showed Death who was boss a long time ago.

Or so I thought.

Now, time is running out, and I’m losing fast…and big. I met someone. Jace Beaumont. He’s smart, and good, and I dream about spending days exploring the summit of his perfect lips. But, I’m a grenade. I know I should leave him be. I can’t.

JACE

Study, class, work, repeat. That’s all I have time for. At twenty-five years old, I have a bit more mileage on me than the average college freshman. But, that’s what happens when you spend your youth drinking, partying, and bagging girls like it’s a full-time job. Now, I have goals. There’s just one kink in my plans. Her name is Memory. She’s every guy’s dream girl. She’s intoxicating. She’s trouble. I want to stay away. I can’t.

Memory Thibodeaux is known as the town’s daredevil. She displays a new kind of what so many people would call reckless behaviour, but this is due to the fact that Memory is a cancer survivor and hell-bent on living every day as if it were the last – no regrets.

Jace Beaumont has no time for the likes of Memory. In fact, the two of them seem to be polar opposites. But she has her eyes set on him, and is serious about trying to break through his shell – just for the heck of it. Until it turns out that he is all she can think about, when in the immediate term, a boy shouldn’t be at her top priority list…

What I loved about this book:

  • The male main character
  • The humour
  • The skill- and colourful writing

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The book’s ending

Stupid Love, which is Book #3 of a series I had never read before, but that was alright since the book can be read as a standalone. I must say that at first (let’s say the first 3-4 chapters) I really had difficulties warming up to the writing style, and maybe also to the characters. Memory felt like a reckless daredevil and party girl, while Jace sounded like a kill-joy with a stick up his bottom. Then again that’s what it was meant to be, because both characters have the same impression of each other the first time they meet, when really these impressions are just dead wrong.

“The problem with cheating Death once, though, is that I got too comfortable… and too cocky. I fancied myself a superhero.”

And after a couple of chapters, I fell in love with the writing. Everything felt so alive and detailed, because the author put utmost care into crafting an environment (locations, side characters and events) that fit the main story to a T. I felt like I was reading a book in full technicolor.

Inevitably, this story revolves around cancer, or at least around its consequences. It’s a recurring theme made even more popular by the likes of The Fault In Our Stars. But Stupid Loves deals with it in a different way, so it breathes a bit of fresh air into this story. And it was done in a very relatable way.

“Quality of life is far more important than quantity, if I have to make a choice.”

I also liked the fact that the characters and their actions felt very real, and that despite the heavy subject, the book still manages to be full of humour. I loved how Jace and Memory’s relationship evolved and just how sweet it was. Just blissful. They were the perfect couple, and had so many things in common. I guess Jace is also my new favorite book boyfriend because he is funny, likes rock music, and is a true gentleman. On that note, Memory sometimes irked me, because it felt like she wanted to make herself special and unique every possible way (from her accent and lingo to her reckless behaviour) – but I could close an eye on that.

The book does have a happy ending in the immediate term (although quite cheesy, which was a turn off), but I have to say it wasn’t enough for me. I would have loved the epilogue to be more remote in the future. Just because I don’t like the unknown. But then again the morale of the book is quite clear where that is concerned: nothing is ever for sure, and thinking about the day when your time will come is time wasted that could have been spent enjoying life.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
4 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
4 Stars
Overall: four-stars