I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Published by HarperTeen on May 20th 2014
Source: the Publisher
Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is used to getting what she wants, and when her boyfriend Jason breaks up with her for no reason, what she wants is to win him back before the start of their senior year. Lainey and her friend Bianca check the interwebz for tips and tricks, but the online dating advice is all pretty lame.
Then the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. Didn't someone once say that love is a battlefield? Jason isn't going to stand a chance once Lainey and Bee go all Zhou Dynasty on him...
Old school strategy and subterfuge meet modern-day dramarama in the story of a girl who sets out to win at all costs and ends up discovering what's really worth fighting for.
The Art of Lainey has been on my wish list for quite some time, and I am very happy to say that it was everything I hoped it would be. This book was super cute, fluffy, and fun to read, with a one of the best BFFs that I have encountered in YA!
Lainey is a brilliant character that develops a great deal throughout the story. Her being the popular girl caused somewhat of a struggle for me at first, especially since she appeared to be quite superficial at the beginning, which made it a little bit difficult for me to relate with her. This was only the first few chapters of the book though, because ultimately getting dumped for the first time has an impact on us and causes a change. And Lainey grew so much throughout this book! As she figures out what her flaws and insecurities are, I grew with her, since it is a journey that every teenager has to take sometime in their lives. She slowly figures out who she wants to be and became this great personality; very likable and relatable.
The secondary characters were wonderfully done! As I mentioned, this book features one of the best BFFs I have had the pleasure of encountering in YA. Bee is the kind of best friend every girl would want in their lives! Then for my new fictional crush: Micah. All the rumors surrounding this guy are so true! The guy takes hot to a whole new level!
I liked the references to the Art of War. I think it’s part of what made the book and the plot so interesting and the narrative different than other Contemporary YA books out there. Besides, I loved how old Lainey and new Lainey both read and interpreted the book in a whole different way. The experiences from her journey had her seeing a whole new side to the story told in the Art of War, which I personally just loved.
If you’re wanting to read a light-hearted and fun coming-of-age story I would recommend giving the Art of Lainey a go! It’s a sweet and fluffy read that’s bound to make you laugh at least once or twice.