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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 body...in fact, it gets worse. It jump-starts Darcy's inner-verb, and her brain hardwired for action gets caught up in a situation she can't let go.
Set in the fictional Cincinnati town of Valley, Ohio, Darcy's story 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 60 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 16?
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By Me & My Girls on 06-20-14
Pretty Good Beginning
A great first young adult novel by a talented writer who had written an extremely amusing and entertaining work. The protagonist is fifteen year old Darcy Walker, an underachiever with a measured IQ of 160 and a bad case of ADD. Darcy is sweet, likable and at times is quite courageous; at other times she is so passive that she can't manage to get a word out of her mouth.
I realize that behavioral consistency from a fifteen year old girl with ADD is a ridiculous concept but it does strain credulity for her to take on a street gang without taking a backward step, but be afraid to confront "mean girl" Ivy.
Too many of the book's characters are one dimensional and not particularly likable. The relationship between Darcy and Dreamboat Dylan is dysfunctional to the point that drug therapy and relationship counseling should be commenced immediately. The same is true for the aforementioned Ivy and her boyfriend Jagger Kane; and on again, off again couple noted for assaulting each other physically publicly.
Despite these problems my daughter and I both recommend this selection and this author. We look forward to the next installment in the life of Darcy Walker, though with more three dimensional, as well as more likable characters
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By T. Lykins on 06-22-14
Perfect Voice For Darcy
What did you love best about Grade A Stupid?
This story will have you laughing from the beginning to the end. Darcy sure knows how to get herself into trouble. She is a 15 year old girl who has a mind that thinks different that other fifteen year olds. The words that come out of her mouth will make you laugh so hard that if you are around anyone they will want to know what is so funny. This story has everything from blossoming romance to murder mystery. What else do you need in a story? There are so many characters in this story that you will not figure out the mystery until the very end. Just when you think, all the mysteries are solved, we have more at the end so now onto the next book in this series to find out what else Darcy will get into. This author is amazing with how she keeps up with all these characters in this story. Loved this story and this is the second time I have read it. Just as good as the first time.
What other book might you compare Grade A Stupid to and why?
No Brainer and 100 Proof Stud. They are part of this series.
What does Patricia Fructuoso bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She brought out many different tones of the characters and since Darcy is a teenager and gets into so much trouble, it is brought to life. We get to hear and it all sounds like a movie coming to life.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This book is hilarious and will having you laugh out and no matter who is around they will hear you. Loved every bit of it.
Any additional comments?
Love to listen to No Brainer and 100 Proof Stud in The Darcy Walker series.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful