The Fine Art Of Truth Or Dare by Melissa JensenThe Fine Art Of Truth Or Dare by Melissa Jensen

The Fine Art Of Truth Or Dare

byMelissa Jensen

Paperback | February 16, 2012

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Pretty in Pink meets Anna and the French Kiss in this charming romantic comedy

Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that's just fine by her. She's got her friends - the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She's got her art - and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it's hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they're dating? And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?
Melissa Jensen ( lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Title:The Fine Art Of Truth Or DareFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.13 inPublished:February 16, 2012Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142420905

ISBN - 13:9780142420904


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not As Good As I Was Expecting I was really excited to pick this one up as the comparison to Anna and The French Kiss in the description (which is my all time fave!), plus the adorable sounding synopsis definitely had me anxiously awaiting reading this. However, it definitely wasn't quite what I was expecting, and I found it to be really slow moving. I thought Ella's character was slightly annoying but definitely still redeemable. Her obsession with the artist Edward Willing got a tad obnoxious at times, and I didn't find her "shocking discovery" to truly drag me further into the book. I also felt the romance element was a tad lacking, and was definitely not my favorite YA contemporary. However, it is a cute story over all, and if you're looking for a sweet YA contemporary with some zany supporting characters, then it might just be for you. However, I definitely wouldn't compare it to Anna and the French Kiss at all, as in my opinion I really didn't see the similarities.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute story, slow beginning. I would rent from library not buy. The fine art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen was originally published February 2012 by Speak. Would actually rate it 2.5/5 The book is told from Ella’s (Fiorella Marino) point of view. She is a scholarship student at a prestigious Philadelphia high school where all of Philly’s elite go. She is basically invisible and doesn’t even mind. She loves art and in particular one artist, Edward Willing, though long dead she still has conversations with. When she is not hanging out with paintings she’s with her best friends Frankie and Sadie, flunking French or crushing on Alex Bainbridge. Alex is one of the popular boys at her school and also happens to be her French tutor. This book was touted as ‘Pretty in Pink’ meets ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ so of course I wanted to read it. I randomly found it at my local library and picked it up hoping it would live up to that comparison. Well let’s say that I didn’t like it as much as I hoped I would. Don’t get me wrong I thought it was a cute stor, but the first part of the book was laggy and slow. I pushed through and the ending was better! Ella was kind of annoying, but I did like her friends Frankie and his brother Daniel. I wish that they would have been more prominent in the story. I think Alex was a nice guy and definitely crush worthy, but that wasn’t enough to make me really enjoy the book. Not sure that I would recommend this book to many people though I think the story will appeal to lots of people. For me personally the story was just ok and quite forgettable. I don’t regret reading it but would never pick it up again. It’s just nowhere near Anna and Lola! Check out my blog for more reviews:
Date published: 2012-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Love of Art I did like this one, it was adorable and it did have a moment to appreciate art more. Learning all these facts of art while falling in love with the Ella and Alex. I loved how it all blended together. Jensen did a beautiful job with creating the chemistry between these two characters!! I was rooting for them both until the very end. The Fine Art of Truth or Dare will give you new ideas that will also help you try new things and also temptation from the cool table. I really loved Ella's character, she was strong even after what she went through as a child. She has a deep connection to art because of her research project and ever since she was little, loved local artists. Alex comes to her attention because he forgets his textbook and he also helps her with tutoring with French. I loved their scenes together because despite the class and amount of money his family has he gets to know her, and have the same similarities. He really grows on you once you get to know him. Ella's family is a great supporting characters, loved each one of them because they love Ella for who she is, and they want to encourage her dream of becoming an artist + Italian family (<3) This book is unique and full of culture that it will enchant you and show you that art can bring love together, even french tutoring !! Melissa Jensen is very talented and I look forward to many more books by her. It is a very good novel!! I cant wait to read it again soon!!
Date published: 2012-03-07