Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Published by Harper Collins on 2014-05-20
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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?
The Art of Lainey was so original! Using a classic book such as: The Art of War to win over your ex seems pretty… out there. However I loved seeing Lainey and her best friend Bianca going over the book and creating strategies to win over Lainey’s ex; it was quirky and fun.
At first I thought I would hate this book because I couldn’t really believe Lainey. Her boyfriend dumps her in a very mean and callous way, and she wants to win him back? Why? Because her life was perfect with him in it? But then, thanks to Lainey’s awesome best friend, her parents, and Micah… well Lainey learned to grow throughout the novel.
Speaking of, I was so impressed with the way the female friendship was in this book! Bianca was so supportive of Lainey, however she wasn’t afraid of telling her if she thought Lainey was wrong.
[Lainey] “I don’t even know who I would be without him.”
“You would be my amazing friend, Lainey,” Bee says.
She had an amazing relationship with her parents, too. Her mom was always so honest with Lainey and always gave her great advice. She even made me laugh sometimes when she came up with quirky ways to give Lainey advice. Even Lainey’s brother, who wasn’t even physically present in the book, was so supportive for her via emails and texts.
What made this romance so fun to read was the fact that Micah and Lainey had to fake date each other. They both have some misconceptions about each other and seeing them discover that these weren’t true was so cute!
Micah is seen as a bad boy because he has piercings and a Mohawk. But GOSH he is so not what everybody believes! And I am so happy that he got to show his side. He was so funny and cute and actually really helpful to Lainey’s journey of self discovery. (Also, there’s a novella about Micah called Infinite Repeat which I am DYING for.)
Micah and Lainey’s interactions were so lovely and smile inducing! Even as a fake couple they had loads of more chemistry than Lainey and her ex.
I really like how the story was paced and that Lainey had really amazing character growth. The Lainey at the beginning of the book is a completely different person from the Lainey at the end. I loved seeing her change and grow throughout.
Overall this is a book about much more than strategizing to win back someone’s ex. It’s about a girl’s journey to self-discovery, with wonderful friendships, cute romantic situations, and a swoony male interest.
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