- US Edition
Of All the Stupid Things
A pacy, addictive novel about three sixteen-year-old girls who’ve been friends forever. Three perspectives, three rites of passage – and one love affair that changes everything.
It really was a stupid thing that Brent Staple did – doing it (so the rumour goes) with Chris Sanchez, one of the guy cheerleaders. Who’d have thought that Brent, the school’s hottest jock, could be gay? But the doubt about Brent doesn’t just hurt Tara – it’s the beginning of the end for an inseparable trio of friends. Tara’s training for the marathon, but also running from her father and her fear of ever being abandoned again. Beautiful Whitney Blaire’s got everything and nothing, because her parents have never had time for her. And Pinkie has a compulsive need to mother everyone to make up for the mom she never stops missing. The girls couldn’t be more different, but doesn’t that just prove the strength of their friendship?
Then new-girl Riley arrives in school, wafting her long black hair and a scent of lilacs. Suddenly, Tara starts to feel things she’s never felt before for a girl – and to reassess her feelings about Brent and what he may/may not have done. Is Tara gay – or does she just love Riley? And can the map of her deepest friendships ever be redrawn in a post-Riley world?
Egmont USA (2011)
New Mexico-Arizona Book Award finalist
An ALA Rainbow list selection
Alexandra Diaz is the award-winning children’s book author of THE ONLY ROAD, its sequel, THE CROSSROADS, and the companion novel, SANTIAGO’S ROAD HOME. THE ONLY ROAD is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Pura Belpré Honor and Américas Award, among others, as well as being on multiple state-wide reading lists. THE CROSSROADS received the Parents’ Choice Silver Award, 1st place in the International Latino Book Awards, and the Southwest Book Award. Her other books include OF ALL THE STUPID THINGS, (an ALA Rainbow List book and New Mexico-Arizona Book Award finalist), for young adults.
An overactive imagination had her making up stories at an early age and led to getting an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. The daughter of Cuban refugees, she is a native Spanish speaker and translates her books into Spanish. She currently lives in Santa Fe, NM.