Art of Lainey, The

Paula Stokes
Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Dessen, and Susane Colasanti, The Art of Lainey tells the story of how, with the help of The Art of War, Lainey plots the perfect plan to get her boyfriend back. But is getting him back really what she wants?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 warnings, 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 Lainey and Bianca stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, the girls are 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. Can fighting for what she wants help Lainey figure out what she really needs?


Reviewed: 2020-10-06

DNF'd at 37%.

The main character, Lainey, is an up and coming soccer star at her high school. She is banking on a soccer scholarship at one of the most prestigious schools to shoot her to fame and stardom. But when her college boyfriend, Jason, breaks up with her in her senior year with no real explanation she acts like it is the end of the world. Lainey and her friend Bianca set out to manipulate and win back Jason by using "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu as their guide. They attempt to plot and strategize a battle plan to put back the perfect life that Lainey has created in her own head again. She then decides to rope in a colleague from her family's place of business, Micah. He is a kid from her school that Lainey used to be friend's with years ago. But they had grown apart after a while during a difficult time in Micah's life.

In my opinion, Lainey is someone that thinks she is entitled and feels like she is little miss perfect therefore everything in her life has to be perfect. She doesn't treat everyone with respect and believes in the status quo. She is whiny, selfish and drove me bonkers. Micah is made up to be the "stereotypical" Goth kid with all the bells and whistles. There are so many stereotypes in this book that were way over the top for me. I understand that this is a young adult novel but the writing style was really juvenile. I have read many young adult novels in the past that had more superior writing and grammar than this book. I was not impressed to say the least. At this time, I don't have any interest in trying anything else by this author. And needless to say, I don't recommend this book.

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