Saturday, September 6, 2014

Book Review: "The Art of Lainey" by Paula Stokes

Lainey's epic summer has just begun and she can't wait to play soccer, party with her friends, put in her required hours at her dad's coffee shop and most importantly - hang with her perfect boyfriend all the time.  Until said perfect boyfriend dumps her in a most humiliating way and without reason.  Lainey isn't going to just sit back and let him ruin everything though - she's been reading The Art of War and decides to use it as a game plan to win Jason back.  A big part of the plan is recruiting Micah - her mohawked and tattooed co-worker to be her fake boyfriend to make Jason jealous.  But what happens when hanging out with Micah stops feeling so fake?

I honestly could not stand Lainey for the first three quarters of this book.  I couldn't really relate to her, and I would never be friends with her - she was so shallow and rude and such a stupid mean girl.  We don't really get to see too much from Jason at the beginning, but I didn't like him either.  So why did I keep reading this book about trying to get two super unlikable people back together?  Micah.  I am ALL ABOUT Micah.  He is not the typical bad boy who says super sweet things only and always in private.  I mean, he does say the right things, but he also says very sarcastic and funny things as well as plenty of things I didn't expect.  He pretty much rocks.  He certainly has some issues to work through, but I have faith that he ends up okay.

This book came highly recommended and while I had some serious doubts at first - I ended up really liking it.  Lainey goes through a pretty decent growth spurt and despite my initial frustrations with her, I liked her by the end.  Also, I purchased a pretty cool edition of The Art of War about a year ago, and I really really want to read it now!  Although all the passages featured at the beginning of each chapter makes me feel like I have read it at this point, I still need to read it front to back.

The Art of Lainey
by Paula Stokes
HarperTeen, 2014
384 pages
Source:  Purchased New



Karen said...

I have this on my Kindle and I've heard that Lainey is pretty unlikable but I can handle that if there's growth.

Karen @ For What It's Worth

Sarah said...

Great review! Knowing that Lainey undergoes growth during the story makes it sound more interesting and more like my kind of story.

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