The Art of Lainey
By Paula Stokes
Publication date: May 20, 2014
HarperTeen, 384 pages
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?
— Goodreads.com description
I weirdly NEVER get tired of people in books fake dating each other for revenge on other people. And then when, of course, they fall for each other in the process…I LOVE IT. Paula Stokes, you have my attention locked in with that alone.
Sure, I saw how it would all work out. But I enjoyed the journey thoroughly.
Lainey’s a tough cookie. She’s got a BFF I loved (and one I hated, but you know, can’t win ’em all). She’s sporty — which I love in books and we don’t see often enough. And she has an extremely interesting, different love interest in Micah, which I so appreciated.
I think it would be hard to NOT enjoy The Art of Lainey.