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?
The friendships in The Art of Lainey were fantastic. Lainey’s childhood friendship with Bianca was genuine and full of trust. I didn’t for a minute feel anything but love between them, and I love seeing this more and more in YA. Her friendship with Kendall bugged me right from the start though. She was just the kind of girl that I strongly dislike, and seeing Lainey branch out away from the mean and manipulative girl was fantastic. Being a teenage girl is extremely difficult, and being under the wing of the most popular girl in school, it can be easy to lose yourself. Lainey rediscovering who she really is and more importantly, who she really wants to be made me so proud of this character for standing up for herself.
I love stories where complete opposites attract, and Micah and Lainey were SO different. But their “dates” were fun and some of them were so unexpected. The slow burn of their romance was refreshing, and I loved seeing them grow to be friends.
The Art of Lainey was a fun and surprising read! Lainey grows to accept and understand who she really is, tries new things with a somewhat skeptical mind but still open and has an amazing best friend. Best friends in YA that are loving and genuine are honestly rare and amazing. I LOVED The Art of Lainey!