Thursday, January 29, 2015

[Review] The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

Title: The Art of Lainey
Author: Paula Stokes
Series: The Art of Lainey #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 9780062238429
Pages: 376

Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they're sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few "dates", it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.

What's a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you're meant to be with if you're still figuring out the person you're meant to be?

Maybe if I’d paid more attention to my mom and her tea leaves, I would have seen it coming.

Since the summary already tells you everything, let's just begin with the characters.

Lainey, tall, tan, popular, soccer star. A popular girl date a popular boy. But when the popular boy suddenly broke up with her, she felt like her world was going to fall apart. She barely even remember who she is, how she is before she date Jason. So before she lost everything that she 'thinks' matter, she has to get Jason back. And Sun Tzu seems to have the answer.

Micah, mohawk, tattoo, piercing, but unexpectedly gentle. He lost his girlfriend and he wanted to get her back. So when this fake-tan girl who he knew since kindergarten asked him a favor to get her douche-ex back, he agreed.

Lainey and Micah started their fake-date. And to their surprise, they kind of enjoyed it. They're comfortable around each other, fooling around like a real couple.

“Wow,” Bianca says. “It’s like you guys are already dating"

But when their strategies started showing its progress, they felt that something's off.

“When people break up there's usually a reason, and whatever it is, it's still going to be there even if we do get back together.”
This isn't only about love guys, like any main-popular girl who befriend the mean-girls, Lainey was wondering whether that life was what she wanted. Typical? I know.

After all, this is the kind of book I need, after I read murder complex (still not finish) and thirteen reasons why, I really need something light, something that I don't have to think about. But if you really really hate triangle love, I wouldn't recommend it to you.

But you know what, the ending is sweet.

This review is submitted for:
* COYER Winter 2014-2015
* NARC RC 2015
* New To You RC 2015

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