Friday, June 14, 2013

Stupid By Choice

Stupid By ChoiceStupid By Choice by Leighton Summers

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Melanie St. John perfectly fits the stereotype of a southern socialite. As the daughter of a wealthy oil lawyer, she travels all over the globe to hob nob with the snobs and snag a husband. After she leaves her abusive husband and embarks on single motherhood, Melanie looks back at her choices and the poisonous relationships that have brought her to this point.

This is definitely a chick lit book. While the story is interesting, I just didn't connect to the southern theme. With the writing style, I couldn't picture it as modern. I just kept picturing "Gone With The Wind" and I'm not sure that's a good thing. Also, I'm hoping that more proofreading was done when it was published. I received an ARC copy from NetGalley and the formatting was just a mess, so distracting.

Even though Melanie often displayed an aura of entitlement, she had some real deep, human moments that gave her character a depth that I wish I had seen more of through out the story. I don't want to give anything away, but I was happy to see her character grow and see that you don't have to just let things happen to you. You can take control of your life. Don't be Stupid by Choice.

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