Title: The Art of Lainey
Author: Paula Stokes
Publication Date: May 20th, 2014
Synopsis: 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?
Review: My review for this one is likely to be short and sweet. I loved this book. This is definitely one of the best contemporary romances that I have read and I plan on re-reading it SOON. I really enjoyed reading about Lainey and Micah, they were funny, charming, and entertaining. I loved Trinity and Bee as well and would have loved to have seen more of them. This review is really hard for me to write because I literally loved everything about this book, I was a little worried when I started it that it had been overhyped by other bloggers but nope, in my opinion, this one definitely is worthy of all the hype it got.
While The Art of Lainey is marketed as a romance I felt it was more of a coming of age type book. Sure there is romance, the main plot of the book is Lainey trying to win back her book, but I feel like it ended up being more about Lainey finding herself, who she is, who she wants to be, and the type of people she wants to be around. It’s so much more than a girl trying to win a boy.
Great book Paula, I look forward to reading more in the future!