The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen – REVIEW

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
Release Date: February 16th, 2012
Penguin, 380 Pages
Sub-genre: Contemporary
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult

Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that’s just fine by her. She’s got her friends – the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She’s got her art – and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it’s hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they’re dating? And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?


The Fine Art of Truth or Dare is the story of a girl named Ella. She has two fab best friends, a hilarious Italian family that reminded me of the family in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and a nasty scar left from a boiling water accident when she was younger. This causes her to be EXTREMELY self-deprecating and self-conscious. The poor girl can’t even see how awesome she is!

This book is blurbed as “Anna and the French Kiss meets Pretty in Pink” and I can definitely see the combination of the two within this book. The perfect popular boy with the queen-bee-yet-not-so-nice girlfriend from Anna and the French Kiss along side of the awkward quirkiness of Andie in Pretty in Pink. Those two things aside, I really think that The Fine Art of Truth or Dare is its own unique novel. It has mentions of Art History, which I absolutely loved. I’m a big, big fan of Klimt and “The Kiss”, which is mentioned. And although maybe the younger crowd may not appreciate the references, I definitely did.

I also really enjoyed the pacing of this book. Sometimes it seemed a little slow, but I’d much rather have that than boy and girl fawning over each other by page 25, know what I mean? No insta-love, here!

If you like the movie Pretty in Pink, you’ll definitely enjoy this.

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