Friday, May 16, 2014

Book Review: The Art of Lainey by: Paula Stokes

Release Date: May 20, 2014
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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?"

My Thoughts:

This book was a super cute fun and fluffy read. It is the type of book that is perfect to bring to the beach. It’s a fun contemporary that doesn’t take itself too seriously and it is just a fun time from beginning to end.

Lainey is our main character and it starts off with her getting dumped by her boyfriend of two and a half years for no real reason. Lainey was my biggest challenge with the book. I want to stress that I really did like the book, but I had a hard time with Lainey. See the thing is, I was never Lainey. I was never popular and I didn’t run the school. I was the kid in high school with a plan (granted when I got to college that plan changed, but not the point) I was the quiet girl in high school who got good grades and kept her head down. I didn’t have a serious boyfriend and I honestly focused on other things. The only thing Lainey and I had in common was that we were both sports stars in our high school (and I played golf, so I wasn’t even a cool sport star like Lainey). My point with this is that I personally had a hard time connecting to Lainey. She has this mission to get Jason back and I just had moments where I wanted to strangle her. She was way too good for that jerk. I was always the girl that felt that if he doesn’t want me then he doesn’t deserve me, so I didn’t connect with Lainey concocting schemes to get back at a guy who clearly didn’t deserve her. I just got so frustrated with Lainey not seeing what was really important and who was really important. She goes on and on about her and Jason and how they are meant to be and I just wanted to knock some sense into her after a while. However, I do recognize that there are a lot of people who will relate to Lainey and love Lainey. I too loved Lainey and I thought she was great and fun, but a bit quirky; I simply couldn’t connect with her like I would have liked. I also want to point out that the way Lainey acts isn’t wrong and she isn’t a bad person, she is actually a great person, just on a personal level we are very different.

Then we have Micah and I loved Micah. He was a great character and very swoony. I loved his humor and quick wit and he has a cool mohawk. On paper him and Lainey don’t work, but in every other way that matters they really do. Another important character is Bee, Lainey’s best friend. I loved Bee! She is one of the best BFF’s I’ve ever read about. She is a true friend to Lainey and stands by her side. She helps Lainey with her mission, even though she thinks Lainey is too good for the jerk. Bee was more my speed. I was able to connect more with Bee because I was much more like her in high school. What I also loved though was the friendship between Lainey and Bee. They are true friends and tell each other everything. Lainey always goes straight to Bee with any problems without worry. I loved that there was no catty girl fighting between these two. Girls need to see that they can be friends with girls without the drama and that sometimes the friend that brings the drama isn’t worth it and isn’t really a friend.

The Art of Lainey was a fun premise and even though I didn’t get why she wanted Jason back, it was still fun to watch Lainey plot and plan. I also really liked watching Micah and Lainey fall for each other before they even realized it. It was all very sweet and cute. It’s also a pretty realistic read, because while I may not have been like this in high school, I do know quite a few people who were. It’s a pretty accurate portrayal of high school. From the “perfect” boyfriend, to the BFF, to the cool “BFF”, to the guy you actually like even though you think you shouldn’t. The interactions felt real and authentic and the teens felt just like that: teens.

The Art of Lainey is a fun and fluffy read and perfect for YA contemporary fans. I am sure this book will resonate with tons of people and it is really simply a good time.


  1. I like cute fun reads sometimes. Sure I'd like that swoony Micah too! Hehe

  2. This could be a great recommended read for girls who are about to or are in the middle of a puppy love, teen romance, that kind of light thing. Lainey's predicament and your reaction how she's too good for a jerk may inspire the same confidence on young girls... hopefully.

  3. I freaking loved Micah! Laney was a hard character to like sometimes but those are usually my favorite kinds of characters. The kind I want to shake some sense into because I love the journey to that point where they finally get it. I really liked this one. Looking forward to the novella!

  4. Gosh, I need some fluffy in my life right now. Will have to remember this one

  5. "I was always the girl that felt that if he doesn’t want me then he doesn’t deserve me..." <--- I am so with you on this! And the strong friendships makes me happy too.
    I think I would like this quite a lot. Thanks for the review!

  6. Yup! I have to get this one! I love the sound of Micah! I'm glad the book also had a very real and authentic feel to it, I love when high school setting books feel like that! Loved this review!

  7. This does sound fun, Teresa. I think I'll pick it up over the summer. :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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