Published by: HarperTeen on May 20, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is used to getting what she wants, and when her boyfriend Jason breaks up with her for no reason, what she wants is to win him back before the start of their senior year. Lainey and her friend Bianca check the interwebz for tips and tricks, but the online dating advice is all pretty lame.
Then the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. Didn't someone once say that love is a battlefield? Jason isn't going to stand a chance once Lainey and Bee go all Zhou Dynasty on him...
Old school strategy and subterfuge meet modern-day dramarama in the story of a girl who sets out to win at all costs and ends up discovering what's really worth fighting for.
The Art of Lainey was adooorable!
I enjoyed The Art of Lainey from the very beginning. There were a few times when I wondered if the book was too young for me, just because of how much Lainey still had to learn. She cared SO much about what other people thought and couldn’t see how superficial her relationship with Jason was. At those times, I felt like I couldn’t relate to her very well. She seemed extremely immature. But it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book, and it only got better as Lainey learned her lessons and matured a little.
So in her attempt to win back Jason, Lainey starts pretend dating Micah. I adored Micah and he only continued to grow on me as the book progressed. Although I liked him, I actually thought there were a few times at the beginning when he took the teasing too far. He was obviously just messing, but there were a few times where he said things that I personally would have taken light offense to if they were directed at me. It was mainly just the mass quantity of teasing.
He punches me lightly in the side of the arm. “You ramble all the time. No wonder you got dumped.”
But as the book went on, my heart really opened to Micah! He was such a sweetheart and so down to earth. I loved how he wasn’t afraid to be honest with Lainey, even if it was a bit brutal at times. Sometimes I loved Micah so much that I just wanted to slap Lainey for continuing to go after Jason instead of seeing what was right in front of her! View Spoiler » [Luckily she came to her senses by the end! Atta girl, Lainey! « Hide Spoiler]
“All the ladies love the mohawk.” Turning to me, he lowers his chin so the top of his head is in my face. “You can touch it, now that I’m prepared.”
“Seriously? Like a pity grope? No thanks,” I say dryly, trying to ignore the fluttering in my chest.
“Touch it,” he whispers. “You know you want to.”
One of my favourite things about the book was Lainey’s friendship with Bianca. I honestly didn’t appreciate it at first, but towards the end of the book I was so jealous of their friendship! I loved how loyal and supportive they were of each other, it was kind of amazing! Even though Lainey could be kind of annoying, Bianca always stood by her and helped her. And then when Bianca suddenly needed support, Lainey was immediately there for her. It was just such a beautiful friendship! I wish I had a BFF like that.
Overall, The Art of Lainey was just so much fun. I loved the different aspects: the dating, the friendship, the sports, the uncertainty, and the life lessons. It was such a great book to pull me out of a reading slump, because it was just pure enjoyment, but not necessarily fluffy. It had a strange combination of deep life lessons and fun, flirty high school romance, but it totally worked. And the book ended on such a happy, upbeat note; it left me feeling super satisfied!