Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"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?"

Now, The Art of Lainey (the title of this book) is a play on the title, The Art of War, which is by Sun Tzu, who is a dead Chinese warlord. Lainey, the main character, is at war against Jason, her ex-boyfriend. She is trying to get him back and jealous after he dumped her. I don't know why she is getting back Jason (who dumped her) other than the reason "we're meant to be/soulmates." Gag. That is disgusting. If he dumped you, then there is something wrong with him. If you are trying to get him back after he dumped you, then there is a problem with you. A relationship that ended should stay over.

BTW, I love the comparisons between battlefields, relationship, job interviews, and more. Now that is interesting. Relationships and battlefields are alike. That is one interesting comparison, don't you agree?

Anyway, armed with the quotes of Sun Tzu and war advice from her best friend, Lainey is at war to get him back. This is a battle between two exes. Needless to say, this is going to get pretty ugly. And undeniably hilarious.

The only problem? She is falling for another boy or as her mother calls it, "new love." Micah, her rebound guy, is actually pretty good to her. And they both have a lot of chemistry. So now she has two choices. Jason or Micah? Anyone wanting to take a bet who she chooses? Oh, wait. I already know. I can't be in this bet unfortunately.

Let me tell you about Micah and Jason. Then Lainey.

Micah is that guy with a mohawk. Yep. One of those crazy hairstyles. And he smokes. Plus, he has a sister and a mother and a dead father. He got arrested one time, too. Pretty interesting, right? Well, I tell you a lot more about him. He has daddy issues. That is the simplest way of saying it without giving too much of this away. But! He has a gift of cooking and baking. Remind you of anyone? Peeta Mellark, anyone?

Jason, on the other hand, is a mostly good boy. He had charges against him, but there were dropped. So he is sort of a bad boy. He can really play soccer, but not much of his character is known (other than being a jerk) because Lainey spends most of her time with Micah.

And Lainey. Well, she is the one with a bunch of problems. She is really good at soccer, but instead of spending time practicing, she focuses more on Micah and Jason. Eventually, she finds her true problems and... Well, that is for you to find out.

Overall, I think The Art of Lainey is a really funny and sweet book about first love and war. All is fair in love and war, eh? I think it would be a really good idea to read it, especially when you have problems against reading The Art of War by Sun Tzu. The quotes are much easier to digest and understand.

Rating: Five out of Five

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