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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen

When this book was billed as a cross between Pretty and Pink and Anna and The French Kiss, how could I not want to add it to my list of contemporary YA to read?


Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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?
I definitely saw the connection between Anna and the French Kiss and The Fine Art of Truth or Dare! Not that the stories are the same, but I felt the same after reading them both.

What I Liked: 1) The fluffiness. This was a light, fluffy story, perfect for summer reading! You get into the story easily enough, but you aren't just bogged down with really heavy (or sad) emotions. 2) Ella. Ella's kind of...strange. Do you remember that girl from Ten Things I Hate About You who is obsessed with Shakespeare? Like, thinks that she's in a relationship with him and stuff? Ella basically feels this way about Edward Willing. It's a little more than idol worship with her and tiptoes to the brink of disruptively strange. But you know...yeah. 3) Truth or Dare. This was an awesome and really creative way to develop the characters. At least the characters of Sadie, Frankie and Ella. Because they play this game so frequently, you actually learn a lot about them. I loved how that appeared all throughout the book. But not only was it about the actual game, it was about seeing Ella become more comfortable with being daring and taking chances. 4) Alex. I liked the guy Alex Bainbridge turned out to be. There was one point in the book, and I can actually pinpoint the exact passage I was reading, where my heart just turned over in my chest because of how sweet he was turning out to be. 5) How I felt after reading it. I just felt all giddy and happy when I was finished with this book.

What I Didn't Like: Well, there were a lot of things that felt unnecessary. Not even like, extraneous details, because I'm a details girl, almost the more the better. These were like, storylines that went off and...nothing came of it. What was Daniel's purpose? Things like this, they make books feel like a maze with dead ends sometimes.

Overall Thoughts: Recommended for light, fun reading, The Fine Art of Truth or Dare is full of humor and romance, with unique characters and great development. It's a little longer than necessary, but overall is very enjoyable. It's definitely a feel-good book.

My rating: 3.5 shots

4 comments:

  1. This book sounds good, but for some reason I was never really interested in reading it. Great review. Glad that you enjoyed it even if there was a lot of stuff that seemed unnecessary in it.

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    1. I'm trying to mix up my reads, add more contemporary to the bookshelf. Mostly, I'm just finding out that I prefer the other subgenres of YA, haha!

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  2. I've seen this one on the shelf at the store and I always eye it when I walk by. I'm still not sure if I want to bother getting it to read. Maybe I'll find a way to borrow it lol.

    I enjoyed your review :)

    Jenny

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  3. It has a cute cover, doesn't it? It's kind of long...in my opinion for the subject matter (fluffy romance) but enjoyable all the same. But if you do have a friend who can lend it to ya, or even the library, check it out!
    Courtney

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