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?
First Sentence: Maybe if I’d paid more attention to my mom and her tea leaves, I would have seen it coming.
I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I’ll be honest: at first, I wasn’t interested in reading The Art of Lainey at all. Sorry, but I’m one of those shallow people who judge a book by its cover and, well, the cover of The Art of Lainey doesn’t impress me much. However, as I’ve heard more and more great things about The Art of Lainey in the blogosphere, including some friends going on and on about how good it was, I decided to give The Art Of Lainey a second look and BAM! – I wanted to read it asap.
The main reason I wanted to read The Art of Lainey is because of its unique premise – how cool is it to try to win your ex-boyfriend back by using strategies from a book about the art of war? As soon as I heard about that concept, I needed to get my hands on The Art of Lainey asap. However, at times I felt like The Art of War played a minor part in The Art of Lainey compared to other parts of the book. Don’t get me wrong, Lainey did use The Art of War to try to get her ex-boyfriend back, but I felt like The Art of Lainey focuses more on Lainey’s situation with Jason, her “fake” dates with Micah, and her popularity and friendships more than the actual war strategies itself.
“All we have to do is find you a guy to date and you’ll be back on level ground.” She smiles. “Then Jason will see you, get jealous, and voila – you’ll be the one on top.” (ARC 53)
I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary books lately this month and compared to all the other contemporaries I’ve read, Paula Stokes’ writing definitely stands out the most – in a good way. Her writing grabbed me into the story and it just worked. Everything just clicked. Lots of themes in The Art of Lainey has been done before in other contemporaries – there is the popularity theme, the fake boyfriend theme, and the winning back ex-boyfriend theme, but Paula Strokes’ writing just made it all work and not appear like the concepts has been done before. It also helps that the book is so cute and adorable. I just want to squeal thinking about it and give the book a hug.
Everyone who have heard of The Art of Lainey must have also heard of Micah. Before I read The Art of Lainey, the first thing I heard about him from the blogosphere was that he had a mohawk. Yes, let me repeat that, a mohawk. In case you guys didn’t know, I am not a fan of guys with mohawks. I’ve seen enough of them on guys in my high school, literally 80% of the guys in my high school population wore mohawks. That trend still makes me shudder in horror. However, I automatically forgot about how much I dislike guys with mohawks as I read The Art of Lainey and learned more and more about Micah. The way Micah treated Lainey and his younger sister just won my heart. Micah is simply so damn sweet! In the end, Micah convinced me to give guys who has mohawks a chance…maybe.
I see every part of him, tiny pieces I never knew existed. The slight bend in his nose, the wedge-shaped scar on his right temple, the outline of his bicep hiding beneath the pyramid tattoo. His lips part, just barely, when he exhales. (ARC 172)
I don’t know if there will ever be a sequel to The Art of Lainey (I highly doubt there would be), but I am definitely cheering for Lainey and Micah – forever. They make an excellent couple. I love how their relationship is and how they like each other even though they are different. The Art of Lainey shows us that the deeper part matters, not the outside.
Overall, I definitely do recommend you guys to check out The Art of Lainey, especially if you’re looking for a fun, adorable contemporary.If you’re in that kind of mood, The Art of Lainey would be perfect for you.
And last note – I love your REAL voice Paula. :D