The Art Of Lainey

Paperback | May 20, 2014

byPaula Stokes

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Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Dessen, and Susane Colasanti, The Art of Lainey tells the story of how, with the help of The Art of War, Lainey plots the perfect plan to get her boyfriend back. But is getting him back really what she wants?

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 warnings, 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 Lainey and Bianca stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, the girls are 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. Can fighting for what she wants help Lainey figure out what she really needs?

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Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Dessen, and Susane Colasanti, The Art of Lainey tells the story of how, with the help of The Art of War, Lainey plots the perfect plan to get her boyfriend back. But is getting him back really what she wants?Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing b...

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To win back the one she loves, she'll have to go to "war."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 warnings, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever...

Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. In addition to writing, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. Paula is also the author ofThe Art of Lainey. She loves interacting with readers.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062238426

ISBN - 13:9780062238429


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A cute summer read! I read The Art of Lainey a while ago, and this review is very late, but hey- better late than never! While I have read it a while ago, I don’t find myself forgetting what happened in it, which rarely happens any more. The Art of Lainey is one of the cutest summer reads I’ve read this year, it is just so good. While it is your basic cute book, it also has a lot of more meaningful moments. Basically, The Art of Lainey is basically an amazingly fun novel, full of cute romance and some entertaining melodrama. When Lainey gets dumped by her boyfriend, she resolves to make him jealous using The Art of War. She then gets the help of Micah, basically the most badass chef ever, and they pretend to be dating in order to make Lainey’s ex jealous. So in essence, this whole book screams fun! Lainey’s personality was a little annoying at times, and she was a little whiny, but I completely understand. She totally seemed like a realistic teen though, it just worked for the novel. I loved Lainey’s character growth and her relationship with Micah was amazing. Oh Micah, swoony swoony, Micah. I feel like I can’t do him any justice but basically, he is all sorts of mysterious but sweet. The whole fake-dating angst was just the best and I swear I couldn’t stop reading, even if I wanted to. All in all, The Art of Lainey is a great summer read that I just absolutely adored! If you’re looking for a cute read to cheer you up, I recommend picking this one up!
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strategies, mohawk and FUN! I really enjoyed the first half of this book because I was super curious to see how Lainey would use The Art of War to devise a plan to get Jason back. The story moved along at a great pace. It did slow down a bit after the halfway mark because things weren't really happening but overall, I was satisfied at how the story progressed. Lainey felt like any typical teenager. She's popular but can't help feel insecure when changes started happening. These changes made her question things about herself and the people around her. She was relatable but I was utterly exasperated when she kept going on about how much she still wanted Jason because he was the right fit. With the way he ended things with you, how is he a right fit? I felt like she was a total wuss for not wanting any changes. I get that changes can be scary but they're also unavoidable. Especially if you're ex is a spoiled problem child. I was so pleased when she finally opened up her eyes! Micah was stylish. I've never met a character who sports a mohawk so that was pretty cool. He was somewhat bland throughout the book. I felt like not much he did was memorable. Even Lainey and Micah's chemistry was very minimal until those last few chapters. Neither of them were brave enough to take any immediate action to show their affections for each other so that was a little disappointing. I'm a big sucker for romance so I really wished we got to see more of them actually being together before the book ended. Where would Lainey be without Bianca!! Seriously! Bee was the best part of the book for me. She was so freaking supportive of Lainey's decisions. Or rather her indecisions. Bee totally deserves all the happiness in the world for her awesomeness. I saw that part coming ;) The quotations from The Art of War at the beginning of each chapter were so insightful! It got the wheels in my mind turning. While I can't say I completely understood how each quote applied to each part of the story, it was fun to exercise my brain and do some thinking. This book was different. So neat to be applying war strategies to relationships. Maintaining a relationship is really quite like fighting a battle (in a positive way). I love the idea and I think this book is definitely worth a thought!
Date published: 2014-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a cute contemporary romance Lainey is your average popular soccer star teenager who is getting ready to have a summer of a lifetime. But when her boyfriend of two years suddenly dumps her, all her plans for an epic summer goes out the window. With advice from her best friend, she ends up using the tactics in The Art of War to get her boyfriend back. Oh Lainey, how incredibly naive you were in the beginning. I love how her character grows from being this insecure teen to one with stronger values and morals. I like how determined she is to get Jason back, stopping at nothing to get him. Though I found her rather annoying in the beginning, after reading the entire book she was less so. My kudos to Paula for working her magic with her best friend, Bianca who was my favourite, always being level-headed, never judging her friend and always being there for her. Now that's what you call a wonderful best friendship. I also really enjoyed Micah and his layers and layers of personality being unraveled by Lainey. They just complimented each other and my heart fluttered when they were being sweet to each other and laughed when they annoyed one another. Also, can I mention how much I enjoyed Lainey's mom and her "tea leave" readings? So cute. Pacing was pretty long for a contemporary book, but maybe I'm just being impatient. Also the entire story line was too funny and a tad bit predictable. Though in this case, I like predictable because I like my stories to have a great ending. The wit and dialogue between the characters were on point considering I pretty much LOL'd my way through most of the book. Overall, a wonderful contemporary filled with the exact amount of romance and humour that will make anyone sit up and say, ?Awww!?
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Captivating Contemporary Romance "The Art of Lainey" is a charming contemporary romance with a liberal dose of humor that begins when soccer star Lainey Mitchell's boyfriend Jason Chase breaks up with her at the Denali coffee shop where she works. Shattered, she decides to win him back using strategy from Sun Tzu's book, the Art of War, and the help of her friend Bianca. When Lainey discovers that Jason has betrayed her with the EMT he's training with, her plan goes into high gear. Recruiting friends to spy on her competition, and persuading Denali's prep cook Micah to pose as her pretend boyfriend, Lainey embarks on a campaign to make Jason jealous. But as she gets to know her fake-date, someone noticeably different from her friends, the game becomes dangerously real. The plot is well-written and moves at a steady pace as Lainey learns everything isn't what it seems. As she slowly starts to become self-aware, to be mindful of the pettiness of some of her friends, she realizes that Jason might not be the boy of her dreams, With clever ingenuity Paula Stokes weaves into a story of broken dreams, heartbreak and fractured family relationships elements of friendship, compassion, love and healing. The characters are realistic each one with strengths and flaws. Lainey Mitchell a varsity soccer star walks in her friend Kendall's shadow. She's popular, shallow, and judgemental but as her friendship and desire for Micah begins to bloom she changes, becoming more discerning, compassionate and self- confident. Her friends Bianca and Kendall are starkly contrasted; one more reserved, family-oriented, responsible and clever, the other controlling, goal-oriented and self-centered. Good-looking athletic Jason Chase is laid-back, proud and inconsiderate. To be fair, the personalities of Jason and Kendall are characterized by the brokenness of a family where the father is consistently absent and the domineering mother lives vicariously through her teenage daughter. Micah who's stereotyped by his appearance is haunted by the death of his father. He's intensely loyal to his sister and mother, considerate, hard-working, empathetic and funny. All these characters and more add drama, passion and energy to this delightfully romantic tale of love and subterfuge. I thoroughly enjoyed "The Art of Lainey" a captivating tale from beginning to the end and I can't wait to read Micah's story next
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A cute contemporary with heart Authors who have the ability to write in multiple genres always impress me. Paula Stokes proves that she can move easily from historical mystery to contemporary with the delightful The Art of Lainey. It's a novel that is fun, humourous, and filled with heart. Lainey is a complex character. She's not someone I would be friends with when we first meet her. She's judgmental, and a little selfish. I, sadly, predict many will find her 'unlikeable'. Lainey, for all her faults, is something more than that though. She's a character that you understand. Her motivations, her intentions, and even WHO she is (even at the beginning) are not only recognizable, but all too real. We know people like Lainey. Perhaps have even been friends with people like Lainey. Paula Stokes uses her flaws to allow for a stunning transformation that happens slowly, and realistically. Plenty of gushing will be had of the romance, and more specifically Micah. All of it totally deserved but, in my opinion, the bright spot of the novel is Lainey herself. Her character growth and transformation is the heart of the story. It's what makes you want the romance. It is what makes you want to keep reading. She changes, and it's a joy to read. Her progression and eventual self awareness are what, in my opinion, make this story. The secondary characters provide the necessary plot progression but there is one worth noting. Bianca, Lainey's best friend. This friendship is one of the best I've come across in a really long time. Bianca's unwavering support, and gentle nature contrast with Lainey. Through Bianca we get to see Lainey's growth all the more clearly. The ups and downs of the friendship only serve to strengthen the bond that these two young women have. I wish more novels would showcase friendships like this. Ones free of the typical cliche ridden drama so often found plaguing them. While they do sometimes hurt each other, there is no willful maliciousness. The message of finding who is truly important, and not taking them for granted is speckled throughout the novel, and it's even woven into this friendship. With all that said, Bianca is basically one of the best 'side kick best friends' I've had the pleasure to read about. Micah, and the romance itself, are both very adorable and swoon worthy (as previously mentioned). Love should let you grow, and introduce you to new things. It shouldn't define you, but rather help you see new things about yourself that you never knew were there. Micah and Lainey both challenge each other to go outside their comfort zone. They broaden each other's experiences, and help them find out who they truly are. Lainey's someone that has always defined herself through her friendships and relationships. Micah helps her see that there is someone she'd been ignoring along the way - herself. The Art of Lainey won me over with it's charm, heart, and it's sweet, almost John Hughes like nostalgia. It's a read that left me smiling and giddy. It's a perfect read when you need cheering up, and I recommend it for anyone who loves cute contemporaries with a little more character development.
Date published: 2014-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just What I Wanted in a YA Contemporary Romance Five Major Reasons Why You Should Read The Art of Lainey: Lainey's Growth: Not going to lie, Lainey starts out as... well, not the kind of girl you'd really be too keen to be friends with. And she doesn't have a good reason for it, either. She's a little overdramatic, pretty snobby, and very judgmental, but she has it very good in life. She kind of deserves a little knock upside the head because she comes across as a bit of a brat. However, she's not a terrible person and you do see some good qualities come through. Possibly the biggest element of this novel is the way Lainey grows both on her own and thanks to the people around her -- especially her fake boyfriend Micah. By opening up to new experiences and new people and by being surprised (and surprising herself), Lainey really changes a lot about her views and the way she treats people. While she retains some of the fun qualities that she had early on, her refined, more likeable and positive outlook and personality show her growing up and coming into a more mature but still fun person. I loved Lainey's growth arc because it felt very realistic. A lot of the flaws she has are quite typical of your average teenager and it's not like she changes overnight or into a totally different person. Over the course of the novel she just becomes a more mature version of herself, which was a great way for her to develop. Micah: Oh, Micah. A little rough around the edges but a sweetheart deep down, Micah is the perfect person to push Lainey beyond her limits and make her see past her preconceived judgments. It's easy to immediately put him in a box based on his mohawk, tattoos, piercings and slight criminal past, but Stokes makes it so that Micah is not so "box-able". He isn't traditionally extraordinary... he doesn't have a fancy accent or an undeniable talent. He is an average guy struggling to deal with some difficult parts of his past. But he is also snarky, sweet (though don't point it out to him), and genuine. He loves what he loves and he's eager to bring Lainey into his world, especially if it makes her ever so slightly uncomfortable, but he's also a man of his word and therefore willing (if grudgingly) to try out what Lainey loves as well. Even his family only brings out more great qualities in him. His sister, Trinity, is a wonderful addition to the story on her own but also as she showed me where Micah's heart really is and what a caring person he is for the ones he loves. Micah is so much more than he first appears and ends up being an endearing character and a fantastic complement to Lainey. The Romance in General: As rocky as their start is, Lainey and Micah make for a great, if a little unconventional couple. Their banter is so entertaining and as they get to know each other they come to have some pretty undeniable chemistry. They both judge each other at the start and think they can classify one another in a stereotype. Once they share their passions, though, they both open up a lot more and begin to see that there is more to someone than what their favourite thing defines them as. Lainey is more than just a soccer playing jock and Micah is more than just a musically-oriented bad boy, despite how they come off at first. The way the two of them bring out different sides of each other and introduce one another to things they may never have tried otherwise makes for what is actually a very mature relationship and really fantastic potential. I could tell that the one thing these two would never be when together is bored, and that made it all the more fun for me to read about. Bianca: Hello awesome best friend! Bianca is Lainey's lovely Latina bff and their friendship is absolutely wonderful. I really loved the way the history of their friendship is established clearly and effortlessly. You can tell from the way Stokes writes their friendship that they truly have each others' backs and love each other with all their hearts. They support each other but aren't afraid to give a little tough love, which gives them great balance. They are each others' support system, which makes a big difference for Lainey as she deals with the entire Jason situation. Despite having different interests, they really care about each other. I also really loved that Bianca was made to be a character in her own right. Sure, in the story she is Lainey's best friend, but she is developed and given passions and insecurities so that she shines apart from Lainey as well. Bianca is not a throwaway friend for Lainey - not in the context of Lainey's life nor in the context of the book - which makes her such a wonderful addition to the story. Plot Shenanigans: The "fake" dates Lainey and Micah go on? The Art of War tactics Lainey and Bianca try to employ? The Jason drama? All of these make for a very entertaining novel. While the characters are certainly what shine here, a lot of them comes out through the various places they go and things they do. By alternating the driving force behind the dates between Lainey and Micah and by giving Bianca and even Jason some say in the plot as well, Stokes has really made for a novel that feels fresh in its execution, even if the overall story arc isn't totally unpredictable. I was certainly never bored by the crazy things Lainey got up to and that's what made this book such a fun ride and just the kind of thing I look for in a contemporary romance. So should you read The Art of Lainey? Do you love anything of the things I mentioned above? Then yes, you absolutely should.
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed! Lainey Mitchell's boyfriend Jason breaks up with her at the beginning of summer, leaving her devastated and wanting to know why. After two and a half years, she's not ready to just give up on them and plans to get him back before summer's over. Searching the internet offers no solutions but Lainey's friend Bianca comes up with an idea. Use strategy from The Art of War to make a foolproof plan that leaves Jason with no choice but to want Lainey back. There were a lot of positives about this book. I really liked a lot of the characters, the pacing made for a quick but good read, and the twist using Art of War in a break up was fun. The downside was that I found it easy to predict where the plot was heading but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. Lainey was a type of main character I really like. Even when she did things that annoyed me, I still found them understandable from her mindset. I loved her sense of humor and the growth that was seen as the book went on. I also loved the contrast between best friend Kendall and best friend Bianca. Kendall was definitely all about herself and pretty much represented everything I hate seeing in a female friendship. Bianca though, was amazing and was everything I love to see in a female friendship. She was so much more than just the supporting sidekick. The contrast between the two boys in Lainey's life was also pretty huge. Jason, Mr Popularity has-it-all, I really wanted to kick in the shins at times and scream that Lainey deserves so much better. Micah, I loved. A little bad boy with a soft side is definitely something I like and I loved him and Lainey fake-dating to make their exes jealous. The restaurant he took Lainey to on their first fake date, I want to go there! And, huge bonus, the boy could cook. And was a great big brother. While the plot progressed to where I thought it would, it was still a lot of fun to read. The little quotes from The Art of War at the beginning of each chapter was a nice touch and it was pretty cool to see the girls relate the lessons to real life, as were the lessons Lainey learns herself. This book had romance but also a great, strong female friendship and a journey of self-discovery. It was one that was hard to put down.
Date published: 2014-02-16