Review: The Art Of Lainey

Aug •  7 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Art Of LaineyThe Art Of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Series: Stand Alone
Published by HarperTeen on May 20th 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, 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?

This is a super cute and fun read. I got sad but also laughed and smiled at all the emotions that were running through me.

Plot: So this girl Lainey  just lost her boyfriend and her friend gets her to use The Art Of War to win him back. In between that, she uses another guy friend to help her but with love and war, nothing ever goes as expected. I truly enjoyed this story. I think the idea of trying to win a guy back using war tactics is pretty funny. At times, it seems like Lainey knows what she is doing then it doesn’t go to plan. Love is never what we want it to be so Lainey learns and grows a lot through the story.

Love/Friendships: Throughout the story Lainey learns a lot about herself. She realizes all the things her ex-boyfriend said to her and begins to questions why she evens wants him back. She creates great friendships with other people who show her that she is worth more than that ex-boyfriend.  She also ends up falling in love and soon begins to see that love is unexpected.

Ending: YAY! I so loved the ending! I thought it was just the right touch to such a dramatic story. At first you have Lainey doing her best to win her ex back and then she just lets go…moves on. It’s so incredibly sweet.

If you are looking for a sweet romance read this book. The Art Of Lainey is an delightful read full of twist and turns to keep the reader entertained. Sweet and sensational, The Art Of Lainey is great.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Farah
    Aug 7, 2014

    oh wow that ACTUALLY SOUNDS REALLY COOL!! I’ll definitely be giving it a try! Great review!
    – Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  2. Jenny
    Aug 7, 2014

    I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on this one Savy, so I’m glad to see you enjoyed it so much! I’m always up for a sweet romance, and I’m glad to know Lainey finally lets go of the ex and moves on in the end:)

  3. Giselle
    Aug 8, 2014

    Yay I loved this one too and yes the ending was great! I also loved the friendships in this book and how it was not just about the romance you know.

  4. Wendy Darling
    Aug 8, 2014

    hooray! This book was SO adorable, wasn’t it? It took me by surprise, and I’m so glad to see you loved it, too. I’m definitely interested in reading Micah’s novella as well.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  5. Oh you convinced me with the ending. I do love a good ending. Will have to check this one out.

  6. Candace
    Aug 12, 2014

    I really loved this one too, it was a lot of fun!