Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Art of LaineyBlurb (from Goodreads):
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 by Paula Stokes

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

The Art of Lainey(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

17-year-old Lainey is in shock when her boyfriend of 2 and a half years – Jason, publically dumps her in her own father’s coffee shop.

All Lainey wants is to get Jason back – she has plans with him for their senior year, but her best friend Bianca says she has to be smart about it – she should plan a strategy based on the famous novel ‘The Art of War’.

Together Lainey and Bianca form a plan – one that involves Lainey fake-dating someone else.

Can Lainey win Jason back? Or will fake-dating become real-dating?

This was an okay YA contemporary romance, although I found it quite predictable.

Lainey was an okay character. She was a bit hung up on Jason, but I suppose that was maybe to be expected considering that they had been together for two and a half years. I did feel sorry for her in the way he broke up with her, but I think her friend was right – moping over him was not the right thing to do.

The storyline in this was okay, but it was a bit predictable. I’ve never read ‘The art of War’, so I was glad that it was explained in this book, but although Lainey used the book for her approach to getting Jason back, it was very similar to other methods of making someone jealous or making someone want you – appear to be unavailable, make them want what they can’t have, don’t mope around or stalk them or phone them all the time.

As for the romance, I saw it coming a mile off. Lainey obviously didn’t, but it seemed clear to me that pretending to be someone’s girlfriend can often lead to the real thing. I was pleased by the way things worked out for Lainey, but it was a bit predictable.

The ending to this was okay, and it was fairly happy. I just didn’t love this book though.

Overall; okay YA contemporary romance,

6.5 out of 10.

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