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?
Number of Pages: 384
Reviewed by Amanda, age 18
Paula Stokes definitely blew me away with this contemporary book. Her writing style had me hooked. Not only could I picture the places, but I was also able to get down to the same relatable level with the characters. I was able to go from feeling like Lainey was a mean, popular girl to seeing that she just truly had to find herself; a message a high schooler such as myself could understand and sympathize with.
Lainey was complicated. She had many sides, but that made her feel so much more like a real person. I personally related to her and it felt great to be able to understand how she was feeling, and see her struggle from her point of view. All the characters had a perfect place in the book like her best friend Bianca, her semi-friend Kendall and her ex-boyfriend Jay. Bianca let you connect with the true friendship aspect, Kendall made you hate her but also see how wrong Lainey had been and Jay made you realize that it’s not always going to work out how you think.
Micah was an amazing love interest and he had such contrasting characteristics sometimes like Lainey that they were perfect for each other. The chemistry built between them and the friendship that ran deep was an awesome addition to the storyline and made it that much better. (Micah was just a total hottie and made me want Lainey to steal a kiss a lot sooner than she did.)
Overall I really really enjoyed this book and it’s definitely worth all the hype! If you are a fan of Claire LaZebnik I would highly recommend this book to you. It’s a fun and consuming read that only took me a couple days to finish.
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Amanda, age 18