Author: Paula Stokes
Publisher: HarperTeen, 384 pages
Publication Date: May 20, 2014
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?
Such a cute and fun read…I'm a sucker for the fake dating plot. And the opposites attract plot. The whole book just made me smile.
Poor Lainey, I felt bad for her. She's been dating Jason since her freshman year and her entire identity is tied to being his girlfriend. Who is she if she's not with Jason? Even though this book is romance heavy, it's also about Lainey figuring out who she is and she shows amazing character growth. She gets out of her comfort zone, which is exactly what she needed to do.
Hated Jason given the way he broke up with her. Who does that? It would have made more sense (the whole plot to win him back) if he hadn't been such a jerk, but it made it easy to root for Lainey and Micah.
Micah…incredible guy (still trying to picture the Mohawk, though…and like it). I loved that he cared so much for his little sister. Loved that he enjoyed baking. Loved that he didn't take crap from Lainey and he was so confident in who he was. Their fake dates were the best part of the book. An excellent contemporary…definitely recommend.
Posted by: Pam