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Friday, March 9, 2012

Review: The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen

Released: February 16, 2012
Publisher: Speak
Rated: YA
Buy: Amazon
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?

What I thought

This showed up on my doorstep and I couldn't help but rip open the packaging like it was Christmas morning. The cover is beyond adorable and I couldn't wait to dig in. The first few pages had me confused. I had read the description and had instantly fallen in lust and needed to have it. I was wondering who this Willing guy was. As I figured it out, I was laughing. That would be something I would totally do.

I loved Ella and her friends and family. I wasn't expecting her physical and emotional scars, but I think it brought so much more to the story than if she were just a quiet, shy girl. Frankie had my rolling in parts. He's the kind of guy I wished I was friends with in school. Ella, Frankie and Sadie complemented each other perfectly.

Because of the hierarchy of the student body, I think Melissa Jensen threw these two together perfectly. It wasn't just something out of the blue and it was something that required Ella to move out of her shell a bit and basically to grit her teeth and bare it. I think that was what I really liked about the beginning of the book. Ella has a crush on the guy, but at the same time, knows that whatever happens might not be a good thing so she tries to save herself some humiliation. Thankfully, she doesn't get her way. I really liked Alex and I thought they were both good for each other.

Ella's family is great. We see both Frankie and Sadie's family. All three families differ and I can see how much Ella's family rallies behind her no matter what. They all have their different ideas on what would make Ella feel beautiful, and their love shows through every minute. I love how much they embrace Sadie and Frankie as if they were family too.

While I try to get away from rambling about how great this book is, I highly recommend this book. It has so much going on, it blends together perfectly. The Fine Art of Truth or Dare was a book that I didn't want to put down until I had read and devoured every last word. Take a chance. Dare yourself to read it and see for yourself.

My Rating

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Sandy said...

This is on my TRB and I am happy to hear you enjoyed it because it does sound and look cute and I'd hate for it to be a disappointing read :)

Jessica (Peace Love Books) said...

I'm so jealous you got to read this! It looks SO good and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. I'm so happy you ended up enjoy it! Great review :)

Karen said...

I've been wanting to read this one. The cover is just so darn cute! I'm happy to hear it's good!

Rubita said...

I loved this book, too! It was a perfect slice of romance, wit and contemporary YA. I hope she'll write more in this vein. And I hope to find some more Contemp YA like this.

kimba88 said...

I love the cover. GREAT review..i hope to read it soon.

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