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The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes Book Review

The Art of LaineySoccer 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 u
se 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?

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss 
Pages: 384 pages 
Release Date: May 20, 2014

I’m kind of in awe about The Art of Lainey right now. I’m a huge fan of Venom, and was excited to see how Paula Stokes would write a contemporary. The Art of Lainey is such a great coming-of-age story and I totally love Micah <3

The Art of Lainey is about how Lainey uses The Art of War to try and win back her boyfriend, who recently broke up with her. She enlists the help of Micah, a punk rocker who she doesn’t know very well. Over the course of the book, she realizes more about who she truly is.

I, for whatever reason, love the idea of girls trying to win back/get revenge on their ex-boyfriends, and Lainey’s story was just as entertaining as I expected it to be. She wasn’t the most likable character at all first, but I think that was probably intentional so you would fully see how much she grew over the course of the book. She was a shallow, insecure character at first, but overtime you realized her motivation behind both her actions and emotions. I thought all the friendships and relationships she had in her life were completely realistic to high school, too. She’s trying to find out what she wants to do after high school and over time, I began to realize why was so hung up on Jason. I feel like she did finally make the right choices regarding everything and the ending was great (although I wouldn’t mind reading another book in this series..or two ;) 

Micah is one of those guys who deserves his entire paragraph. He was amazing and I loved how Lainey and him didn’t initially seem to be a good match or have anything in common. He ended up helping her try to win back Jason, her ex-boyfriend, and the scenes where they interacted were just so cute! They’re hilarious together and the whole book has several funny moments.

I think that The Art of Lainey was a more mature YA, but it still was a lighter read. I read this almost entirely in one sitting and really didn’t want to put it down. I already think that Paula Stokes is one of my new favorite contemporary authors and I’m hoping she’ll continue on writing more. I’d give The Art of Lainey 4 1/2 out of 5 flowers. I’d definitely recommend picking this one up. 


  1. I still find this book weird. I mean I have heard a lot about it but I'm not read sure about using war tactic to win back boyfriend. It seems weird to me. I guess I need to read this book and maybe I'll change my mind. Great review, Montana :)

    1. The way it was done was pretty hilarious, although I agree that the concept does sounds slightly weird :p Thank you!

  2. Like Tanja, I've heard about this book LOTS but I wasn't sure if I should read it or not because of the 'war tactic' thing, but after reading your review, my thoughts have changed :) Anyways, I loved your review! And your blog! Looks so pretty....

    I'm also a NEW GFC follower! I hope you'll come over and check out my blog sometime as well!

    Olivia @ Fictionally Obsessed

    1. Thank you so much, I'll definitely visit your blog :) I hope you do enjoy it if you read it!

  3. I want to read this! I think it sounds good!

  4. Great review Montana!! I am so excited to read this book!! Revenge on an ex is so tempting sometimes XD Thanks for stopping by my blog lovely <3


  5. Micah sounds awesome!! Punk rocker, huh? lol That's great Lainey grows throughout the book.

  6. This one was really cute! Glad you loved it!


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