Audible Book Review and Giveaway: Grade A Stupid by AJ Lape

Fifteen years ago, Darcy Walker's parents thought it was a good idea to give her a unique name: Darcy, meaning "dark walker." Whether that was a stroke of genius or stroke of stupid, they definitely nailed the irony. She lacks direction, her grades stink despite a high IQ, she's boringly average--although flirting admirers claim otherwise--and God help her, she's infatuated with a bad-boy.

A bad-boy that her hottie best friend, Dylan, wishes would get acquainted with his fist.

And, oh yeah, there's that tattoo that was a royally stupid idea.

With her life spiraling out of control, everything changes when she skips class and finds a dead fact, it gets worse. It jump starts Darcy's inner-verb, and her brain hard-wired for action gets caught up in a situation she can’t let go.

Set in the fictional Cincinnati town of Valley, Ohio, Darcy falls into a world of threats, violence, and gangland exploits chasing down every clue to finger the murderer. When a fellow misfit is fingered for the crime, Darcy goes from zero-to-sixty trying to clear his name--constructing aliases, breaking the law, everything that makes perfect sense to her but reeks of Grade A Stupid to everyone else.

Trouble is...will she live to see sixteen?

Bienvenue sur Darcyville, où les choses semblent toujours aller de travers!

Don't have a clue to what I just said? Let me start again.....

Welcome to Darcyville, where things always seem to go awry! Why do I say that? Well, that is simple. Because they do. Darcy is one of those characters who always seems to make a fool of herself in the most inopportune times. You will see what I mean!

"But that was Darcyville. Stuff happened in Darcyville, and you were left to either accept it or annihilate the SOBs that caused it."

The characters in this story are just perfect! Darcy with her determination to make the wrongs that she feels she started, right. Her friends..... They are the perfect combination of daring, caring and sarcastic bunch of high schoolers. 

One can never tell what is up and what is down. This book is a combination of teenagers being teenagers and part sleuth. Part sleuth? Well, you have to read the book to find out that part.

"EXPERTS SAY THEY may have identified a gene for the daredevil. I think I was first in line when God was passing out that type of idiocy."

I laughed so much throughout this book. It is pure genius! The combination of seriousness, teen angst, sarcasm, heroism and comedy.... I couldn't get enough of this story! This is the type of book that will appeal to both adults and teenagers! And to boot.... the use of "cuss" words is perfect! I would totally allow my teenagers read this without having to worry about its contents!

"Stupid's my favorite word. It could be a noun, an adjective, or an adverb dependent upon the way you phrased it in a sentence."

One can say that Darcy lives in Darcyville which falls in the center of Stupidville? Maybe. Maybe not. My bet is on not. Darcy is far from stupid. I have my suspicions on the weird encounter at the end of the book. I can't wait for more of Darcyville to find out if I am right!

Sometimes looking (or listening in this case) at a book from a different angle can make it even better.  That is totally the case here.  I didn't think I would be able to enjoy this book anymore than I had when I first read it.  

There were parts that were funny when reading that were even funnier listening.  Then there were parts that were funny that I didn't remember laughing or chuckling at.  I am convinced, without a doubt, that that is because of the narrator.  The most important part of delivery is the inflections and emotion the narrator gives the book.  This narrator couldn't have done a better job!

Out of all of the characters, I liked Vinnie the most.  He was one of my favorites to begin with, but the narrator did a wonderful job with him in this audio book!  His accent had me cracking up!  Then there was the threatening calls.  The first one actually made me jump.  It totally caught me off guard!

The only two things that I didn't like was, first, the pronunciation of some words.  Maybe it's an East Coast thing?  I am not sure.  My pronunciation of  repercussion and deluge are totally different.  With the word deluge, it took me a minute to realize what the word actually was.  Maybe the pronunciation was intentional?  And with audio books, sometimes it is hard to listen because of distractions around you.

I will leave you with my favorite line in the audio book.  This line was totally funny.  I listened to it over and over again laughing my butt off!
"We'd committed three hit and runs, and he blinded his bug."  
It could not have been funnier!

If you haven't taken the plunge into audio books, I would suggest that this be the first... Or at least something similar.  I have listened to two others and wasn't overly impressed with them.  This book turned that around for me. 

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