The Art of Lainey


How did I get it?:
I borrowed it!


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?


I’ve heard so many good things about The Art of Lainey. I’ve seen so many bloggers tweet and rave about it, so I was somewhat anxious to start this book. I always worry about books that have been hyped, because more often than not, I end up feeling a bit disappointed with it. I’m happy to say that this isn’t the case with The Art of Lainey. Whilst it’s not my favourite read this year, it’s a decent, feel good contemporary which I think many readers will devour.  It’s full of fun and refreshing and has some positive messages within it.

The Art of Lainey centres around a fake-dating and winning back the ex boyfriend storyline. Lainey and Micah work together at Lainey’s family’s coffee shop. They have both recently lost their partner and they agree to help one another win their exes back using jealousy. They decide they’ll ‘date’ each other and the dates will occur in places that they know their exes will be.  Lainey and Micah grow closer as they spend time together. I thought their relationship was adorable, but it did burn slowly and was a little frustrating at points. I just wanted to bang their heads together and make them see sense.

Lainey isn’t the most likeable character at first. She comes across as incredibly spoilt, dramatic and dare I say it…a little shallow!  I began to really like her though as she grew as a character. I actually believed in her growth. I easily adored Micah. I thought he was a great character, very sweet, but sure of himself in a way that didn’t come across as too cocky. It was just funny! Lainey’s best friend Bianca is a fantastic character. I think we all need a friend like Bianca. She’s an encouraging, supportive friend, who was always there for Lainey.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot, so I’ll leave it there!  This is Paula Stokes debut novel and I think she’s an exciting writer to look out for!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars!

I think The Art of Lainey is well worth reading if you’re looking for a cute contemporary for the summer.

8 thoughts on “The Art of Lainey

  1. Ok so I skimmed through your review only because I just borrowed it yesterday, and planning to start it now. It’s my first contemporary in a while, so I’m excited to see whether I’ll like it or not!

    But I’m definitely excited to read it!

  2. I did start this one, I think 2 weeks ago and had to stop reading it for a while. Like you’ve mentioned, Lainey was a bit shallow in the beginning and I wasn’t connecting with her at all. So I said I’ll first give it a rest and read it again at a later date. Now I’m glad she somehow turns likable.. 🙂 Thanks for the review!

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