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.
Series: The Art of Lainey #1
Published by Harper Collins on May 20th, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance
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?
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!”