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My Stupid Girl Audiobook

My Stupid Girl

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Publisher's Summary

All 17-year-old David really wants is to fly under life's radar. In a typical cold winter day in Montana he does something extraordinary: he rescues smart, funny, gorgeous good-girl Lucy Peterson from drowning in a freezing lake. As their friendship grows, David realizes that risking his life was the easy part. His friendship with a girl who is different from him in every imaginable way forces David to challenge himself and those around him. He must face the abuse of his past and the uncertainty of his future as he struggles to keep Lucy by his side.

©2012 Jessica Cheatwood (P)2014 Jessica Cheatwood

What the Critics Say

"Narrator David Dietz enhances this exceptional first-person story…Dietz flawlessly captures sweet and sarcastic David, his spirited grandmother, and Lucy, the girl with the raucous laugh…Dietz portrays characters superbly and keeps the narrative threads clear. His delivery gives the twists of the story the significance they warrant.Young people of both genders will enjoy this. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2014]" " (AudioFile)

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    Valeria 11-13-14
    Valeria 11-13-14

    The Mad Reader

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    "Very truthful deep and fun"

    I wasn’t expecting to love this book, but I did! It is a sweet coming of age story about forgiveness. I loved watching these characters make mistakes and learn from them.

    The fact that all of the characters were flawed made this story feel real and true, like it could be happening somewhere in the world. It has a mixture of drama and comicality, which made this a fast paced and easy to read story, even if it dealt with some difficult issues like domestic violence, teen pregnancy, adoption and loss.

    It did seem like too much drama for one lifetime, and maybe some of the subplots or main events weren’t necessary, the story had enough material as it was. That definitely is my biggest complaint with this book. It also confused me a bit that the time frames were changing all the time. Like from one chapter to the other several months would’ve passed, but sometimes three or more chapters would take place within the course of days. Finally, I felt that David’s reactions to one particular event, which I cannot comment about without spoilers, were weird. If that happened to me I would’ve been way angrier or frustrated, confused even. Not so happy or willing. I did feel that as time passed he sort of felt the consequences of that decision, like it hit him later, which made up for his hastiness a bit.

    Other than that I felt this story was simply beautiful. I tend to avoid Christian fiction at all costs because, even if I’m a Christian myself, I found them to be, more often than not, too preachy and the characters just don’t appeal to me. They are weird. Like being a religious person means you don’t get to be normal. Thankfully this book was an exception, which is one of the main reasons I loved it. The Christian kids were very real and normal, and the book wasn’t preachy at all. It portrayed God as a loving father who accepts us no matter what.

    Lucy was very religious but so real. She did normal stuff, felt jealousy and envy at times, made horrible mistakes! Cared about important and silly stuff, like a Normal teenager! I actually felt very close to her, because I used to be just like her! And worried about the same stuff.

    But what I loved the most was the message about forgiveness. It is portrayed just as it is: a hard decision we have to make over and over again, but in the end will help lift a huge weight off our shoulders. I also loved that they featured it as the most important Christian value.

    I loved David’s journey because we could see him change, but also understood the moments that triggered those changes or growth. It was very organic and progressive.

    The narration was good. I enjoyed David Dietz narration a bit more than I did in Halfskin. He wasn’t too loud this time, and I thought I would have trouble hearing the same voice for a different character but I didn’t. I liked how he did David and Grandma, and he had great pacing for his narration. I did feel though, that the female voices were too similar to each other.

    Overall, it was a great read, with powerful messages and good narration; and even if it was charged with heavy stuff, it was still a light read. It has great character development and it is impossible not to care for this adorable gang, and David’s grandma. What a women she was.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth 02-27-16
    Beth 02-27-16
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    "Excellent Narration in This Young Romance"

    For those of you who love a romance you will love this one all the way through. Lots of emotionally based decisions in this one!!!!

    For those of you who check the emotions and make decisions based on facts and not emotion...... you will enjoy this about three quarters of the way through. Then, you will be going, "There is no way that would happen......."

    The story grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading. But for me, the story becomes unbelievable before it ends.

    [{SPOILER ALERT{{You might want to stop reading now if you don't want details of the story]][[[Spoiler begins now]]]......Self-conscious boy changes miraculously because he "finds" himself after spoiled/never-think-before-you-act girl removes his make-up and reveals his scar (which he always keeps covered) but then leaves the house for the first time ever with no make-up so everyone can see the scar--and his real face. This happens after a huge misunderstanding and a whole year passes without them speaking to each other. He finally sees her, she is obviously pregnant but he is not mad at her (she choice to have sex--she was not raped) but he is angry at the boy who took her virginity; he wants the child for his own because adoption is not an option he can endure. (The adoption is the one point I can understand based on his experience.) As usual stupid girl does not pay any consequences for her actions. She cries and someone else picks up the pieces and fixes things. This will be happily ever after as long as self conscious boy can keep being a cheerleader of stupid girl no matter how self-centered and unaware of others feelings she continues to be. All will be well, if he can forgive all wrongs (because she is so stunning and beautiful-this is a repeating theme) so she can swiftly advance to her next disaster.
    {{{END SPOILER}}}

    Again, excellent narration. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by David Dietz! Pleasing to your ears whether it be male or female character. Nice pace to the reading and great annunciation.

    Giving this one 4 stars in spite of the ending as it was well-written, the characters were interesting and the narration was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Owens Music City, USA 06-30-15
    Barry Owens Music City, USA 06-30-15 Member Since 2016

    I love to read and working on my first book. Maybe it will be on Audible someday.

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    "Wonderful book for Young Adults and New Adults!"

    This book was very good and David Dietz did a fine job of narrating it. His voice was perfect David Johnson who is 17 when the book opens and is 20 years old at the end. Obviously this book covers quite a stretch of time.

    David is your typical high school senior, well not so typical. He wears make up and has piercings all over his face and likes to dress in black like his friends who are also goth.

    One cold winter day he and his friends are out at the lake when a church van pulls into the parking lot loaded with other high school kids from a local church. One of those kids is Lucy, the most popular girl in school. David has been crushing on her for quite some time, but as far as he knows she doesn't even know his name.

    Lucy, wearing a black snowsuit and new ice skates heads out on the frozen lake in Montana but ventures out too far where the ice is thinner. The ice breaks and she falls through it into the freezing water. When her boyfriend who tries to rescue her gets scared and backs away from her leaving her to drown in the freezing water David steps in and rescues Lucy nearly falling into the water himself.

    Now both David and Lucy are cold, wet and freezing and almost hypothermic. After David pulls Lucy from the lake both of them are quickly rushed to a waiting car that is running and has the heat blasting. They are both stripped out of the wet clothes and covered in blankets and then are rushed to the nearest hospital. On the way there, Lucy lays her head over on David and runs her fingers through his hair. This will be important later in the book.

    At the hospital they are eventually separated into different rooms to spend the night, but Lucy leaves her room and comes to Davids and climbs into bed with him. Upon his release from the hospital the next day the police inform him that he will be taken to live with his grandmother who lives an hour away from Cladispell where his friends and high school are. You see David's father has been physically abusing him for years, and this is not the first time he has been taken from his widower father who is an abusive alchoholic.

    Thus begins David and Lucy's up and down on again off again relationship that will take them through the next three years. You will just have to listen to the book to find out what happens during that time and how it all ends up. I was very satisfied with the ending. And everything from the beginning to end makes for a wonderful listen. I highly recommend this book for Young Adults and New Adults. It is a novel of growth and hope and ultimately about young love that works out for the best.

    I received a copy of the audio book from the narrator in exchange for an honest, fair review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Sofia 05-15-15 Member Since 2016

    I dream about you wide awake in my armsIt’s the last time I sleep alone dreaming of you in my armsI’ll kiss you every day & every night

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    "Be my friend David?"

    4,3*

    I'm glad I asked for this book to write my honest opinion!
    (This audio book was gifted to me by the narrator.)

    If I hadn't I was losing a good story.

    Easy to read, funny, different and definitely real.

    Teens from different worlds who save each others lives.

    Through pain and angst, love and hate, ups and downs, they managed to fall in love.

    Mistakes can make a huge difference in life.

    David is an amazing character, has a snarky sense of humor. I liked how believable he was.

    This endearing story made me wonder from page to page, thinking what would happen next.

    I recommend this book!

    From teenagers to grandparents, enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 03-22-15
    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 03-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Genuinely sweet story about a boy and a girl"
    Would you listen to My Stupid Girl again? Why?

    Sure! I have kids the age of these characters, and the author wrote them with such realism, it was like having my own personal how to book!


    What other book might you compare My Stupid Girl to and why?

    It's a little bit like The Fault in Our Stars, but without illness.


    What about David Dietz’s performance did you like?

    David had a great, consistent performance, His voice is perfect for voicing young people.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was really sweet. I realized late in that it was a Christian book, but the overtures weren't too great until the very end.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great insight into teens. Parents of teens should read, and the teens should find the book entertaining too,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 03-20-15
    Linda 03-20-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Nice YA Christian story with great narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Stupid Girl to be better than the print version?

    Yes! A well done narration is always better than print. This book was narrated by the main character and that voice was believable and easy to listen to


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Well, I'm not that into the Christian Girl meets Goth Boy genre. Although I did like the message of forgiveness and the main character was really likeable. I wish some of the minor characters (David's Adoptive Father, Rachel and Evelyn) had more development, closure and insight into their character


    What about David Dietz’s performance did you like?

    He was really believable as the main character and all of the other voices were well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Well you could if you really wanted to, but it would be a really long sitting! I had no problem stopping it and getting back into it later. There were definitely a few times when I had to stop the story and I was very anxious to see what was going to happen next!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra United States 11-03-14
    Deedra United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2015

    I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol

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    "My Stupid Girl"
    What did you love best about My Stupid Girl?

    Davids ability to tolerate Lucy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David,he was sensible...for the most part.


    Which character – as performed by David Dietz – was your favorite?

    His voices are dead on,aside from his screeching teenage girl voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No,this book shows that family ids what you make,not what you were born with.


    Any additional comments?

    I mostly enjoyed this book.The story was geared more towards teens,but it was well written.the narrator was great for the male voices but I really hope teenage girls don't sound like Lucy!lol
    The Christian theme again came in to play,while it did not bash me over the head...it was definitely a main theme and it was annoying.I knew with the first mention of a prayer circle and promise ring how this book would end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dk.bookworm usa 09-25-14
    dk.bookworm usa 09-25-14 Member Since 2013

    Shandy

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    "unexpected Y/A"
    If you could sum up My Stupid Girl in three words, what would they be?

    an unexpected pleasure


    Which character – as performed by David Dietz – was your favorite?

    grandma and of course David


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I bet they would ruin it if they made it into a film !!!


    Any additional comments?

    I'd never heard of this author before, so I didn't really have any expectations for this one, especially as it’s written for Y/A.
    But I really loved it , David is not your usual hero, Goth type with piercings and wears make up, but he turns out to be such a likeable character.
    Following David’s escapades you’ll end up both smiling , crying and laughing .
    David Dietz’s narration was really spot on with this book …. All together a great listening experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 09-07-14
    Greg 09-07-14
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    "Such a feel good book!"
    What did you love best about My Stupid Girl?

    The narrator was great. I really enjoyed the whole book, I love a happily ever after kinda book!


    What other book might you compare My Stupid Girl to and why?

    Sarah Dessen books. You really like the main characters, you relate to them. And they have some feel good kisses, without being to much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had lots of favorite scenes! I loved the scenes with all of the friends together group hang outs. Birthdays, hospital, and so on.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That David learned to forgive. When it came to Lucy, his father, his birth father, and himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a great read for any age!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bec/audiothing Australia 09-02-14
    bec/audiothing Australia 09-02-14

    I review books and audiobooks, mostly mystery, police procedurals, That's about it!

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    "Enjoyable read"

    This book was gifted to me by the narrator with no pressure to review. This review is my honest opinion.

    My Stupid Girl
    A young adult book, despite this being a classification I would not normally choose, I did enjoy the book, evidenced by my wanting to know the outcome of the story. It moved along well, holding my interest to the end.

    Set in Montana, 17 year old David is an adoptee, his mother is dead, he lives with his father who, when drunk, becomes abusive toward David. David is a Goth, he and his Goth friends are hanging out together In the park, they like to act all cool and remote. Next thing, The lovely, well brought up Christian young lady, Lucy Peterson falls through the ice to her almost certain death. Seeing as nobody else was about to rescue her, David shakes off his cool aloof persona and bravely goes on to the ice, rescuing Lucy from the freezing waters.

    This is just the start of the story of two teenagers, how they deal with their problems and how their respective families deal with them. It has a very satisfactory storyline, although some may feel that the story is an attempt to teach or preach.
    Would I wish to change the story? Well yes, yes I would, but I am an older adult on the point of retirement, not the young adult for whom this book was intended.

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks, the narration is pivotal to my enjoyment. If the narrator is ( in my opinion) bad, I cannot continue listening. I thought David Dietz' performance very enjoyable.
    Changing gender vocally can't be easy but he did so with ease. I liked how, when I listened, I was immediately able to determine each character with no problems at all.
    The only voice I didn't much care for was that of Grandma, I thought she sounded a tad too quivery and old, closer to 99 than the younger "old" I I had pictured in my mind.
    Davids' voice is pleasant and easy on the ear, I don't know much about American accents, being British / Australian but they sounded pretty good to me. More importantly though, I found his mastery of the little nuances, inflection and change of pace greatly increased my enjoyment of this work.
    Some narrators can sell a book, I believe David Dietz to be one of them.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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