Blog Tour: ‘The Art of Lainey’ by Paula Stokes Review and Contest Givaway

Blog Tour: ‘The Art of Lainey’ by Paula Stokes Review and Contest Givaway

I received this book for free from blog tours, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘The Art of Lainey’ by Paula Stokes Review and Contest GivawayThe Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Series: The Art of Lainey #1
Published by Harper Collins on May 20th, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: blog tours, requested from publisher
"A satisfying and sweet story." -Publishers Weekly

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?

About Paula Stokes

Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She started out writing historical fiction under a pen name and is now branching out into other YA genres.

When she's not working (rare), she's kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She's petted tigers, snuggled snakes, snorkeled with stingrays, and once enjoyed the suction-cuppy feel of a baby elephant's trunk as it ate peanuts from her palm. Her future goals include diving with Great White sharks, learning Krav Maga, and writing a whole slew of novels, not necessarily in that order.

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Lainey is your average popular soccer star teenager who is getting ready to have a summer of a lifetime. But when her boyfriend of two years suddenly dumps her, all her plans for an epic summer goes out the window. With advice from her best friend, she ends up using the tactics in The Art of War to get her boyfriend back.


Oh Lainey, how incredibly naive you were in the beginning. I love how her character grows from being this insecure teen to one with stronger values and morals. I like how determined she is to get Jason back, stopping at nothing to get him. Though I found her rather annoying in the beginning, after reading the entire book she was less so. My kudos to Paula for working her magic with her best friend, Bianca who was my favourite, always being level-headed, never judging her friend and always being there for her. Now that’s what you call a wonderful best friendship. I also really enjoyed Micah and his layers and layers of personality being unraveled by Lainey. They just complimented each other and my heart fluttered when they were being sweet to each other and laughed when they annoyed one another. Also, can I mention how much I enjoyed Lainey’s mom and her “tea leave” readings? So cute.


Pacing was pretty long for a contemporary book, but maybe I’m just being impatient. Also the entire story line was too funny and a tad bit predictable. Though in this case, I like predictable because I like my stories to have a great ending. The wit and dialogue between the characters were on point considering I pretty much LOL’d my way through most of the book.


Overall, a wonderful contemporary filled with the exact amount of romance and humour that will make anyone sit up and say, “Awww!”

reading progress



I’m a girl who believes in fighting for what she wants. (24)
I just figure instead of obsessing about what is out of your hands, why not control the things you can? (37)
I can do or say whatever I want without having to worry about what anyone thinks. (95)
I’m not into girls who are orange. (125)
It suddenly occurs to me that I don’t seem to know very much about…me. It’s a weird feeling, like maybe a stranger is inhabiting my body. Or maybe a stranger was, and I kicked her out. (157)
War is basically head games and fighting. So are relationships. (158)
It’s one of those things you think, but never actually mean to say, but once it’s out there you’ve got no choice but to own it. (169)
I’m turning into somewhat of an expert when it comes to being fake. (176)
You’re kind of cute when you get all flustered. (187)
Trying to be someone else doesn’t fool anyone for long. (203)
People aren’t prizes. They’re not foreign territories or the spoils of victory. (293)
She was raised to believe that what matters more than effort or talent or heart is the way people perceive you. (297)
Standing up for yourself is about picking your battles, knowing when to fight, knowing exactly what and who is worth fighting for. (322)
I love it. I look like me. Only better. (326)

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