Bitsy Words: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

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Bitsy Words: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

5 Stars

One of my favorite contemporaries from the past couple years is The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes (I’ve read it twice!), so in honor of Valentine’s Day this month, here are a few reasons why:

  • It is very swoony and full of banter, and fake dating, and hate-to-love. Basically all of my favorite romantic tropes.
  • I loved Lainey’s character arc, watching her transform from who she thought she should be to who she actually is. It was very well done.
  • I loved the secondary characters, including Lainey’s spacey family, her friend Bianca, and Micah’s sister.
  • MICAH. I. LOVED. MICAH. He was something else. He’s sarcastic but secretly sweet, he’s mysterious, he’s a baker (!!). And the sizzling chemistry he has with Lainey is undeniable.
  • Time to board the ship!!! I marked a bazillion of my favorite Micah/Lainey moments, including my always favorite soccer scene.
  • There is a minor character that reminds me of Chris Evans, always a plus.

Micah would most definitely not approve, but Does He Know by One Direction totally makes me think of this one particular scene between Micah and Lainey at a music show. It reminds me of Lainey coming out of her shell and how she lets Micah see that side of her, a side that she kept hidden from her ex Jason. So now whenever I hear it, I can’t help thinking of Lainey and Micah :)

Book Info

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Series: The Art of Lainey #1
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: May 20th 2014
Pages: 376
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: ContemporaryRomanceYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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?

Do you agree? Have you read The Art of Lainey? Let me know!


Morgan @ Gone with the Words

6 Responses to “Bitsy Words: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes”

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    oh man this is SUCH a great contemporary read. I have read it twice, too — one for review and then one when I needed slumpbuster. You and I are such trope twins — cause the ones that you mention are also my faves (wooo I am sooo surprised lol) and make for such a great romance here.

    Ummm clearly I need you to tweet me which character reminds you of our Cap. And I love that 1D is mentioned here. I def have a crush on the cute Irish one ssssh.

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      Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      You have! I didn’t know that!! It’s just a happy making book for me, if it was a movie I’d watch it all the time. And I loooove that we are trope twins! Makes recs so much easier ;) And fun! Hahaha I love itttt I’m going to start spamming you with Niall pictures :D Okay as far as the Cap character, it’s towards the end! Isn’t he a soccer star or an actor or something? The one that Lainey is obsessed with and wants to meet. Caleb Waters I think. The author said she had Paul Walker in mind but my brain more often than not defaults to Cap ;)

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    Lauren @ Bookmark Lit

    I skimmed this a little because I haven’t read the book yet, but before I got to the bottom to see who posted it I knew it was you from the 1D song ;) I really need to make this one a priority to read soon! I’m terrible about reading books I already own.

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