Sash: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes – BOOK REVIEW

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Release Date: May 20th, 2014
HarperTeen, 384 Pages
Sub-genre: Contemporary
Source: ARC via Edelweiss (Thank you!)
Age Group: Young Adult
Recommended for: fans of fluff

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 is a fun incorporation of The Art of War into modern day and I love it when YA books use classic books in a way that is fun and fresh, and gets young readers interested in picking up older books. Even with the standard “boy breaks up with girl, girl wants to get him back, girl might be falling for pretend boyfriend” plot, this book was so much fun to read – I think, in part, because it was interesting to see which parts of The Art of War Lainey (and her bff) were going to use and how they were going to interpret the words of the warlord.

And though this book is about getting a boy back and high school love, I really loved how it showcased different types of friendships and how sometimes those friendships are more complicated than you’d think. I loved how the author showed us the difference between a REAL friend and a friend who just likes to dominate situations (and people).

Overall, just a really cute and fun read that I gobbled up in one sitting. Recommended for fans of fluff – perfect for beach reading!

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