Monday, January 11, 2016

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


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
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?

MY TAKE:
I remember wanting to read this when it first came out, but I forgot all about it until recently.

In The Fine Art of Truth or Dare, Ella is a bit of an outcast at her school, but that's okay because she's got great friends. Aside from being an artist, she has a tiny obsession with Edward Willing. She's not doing well at school, though, and she ends up being tutored by her crush Alex.

I can't remember what it was exactly that drew me to this book years ago, but I'm glad I came across it again. It didn't wow me as much as I thought it would, but I certainly enjoyed it, and that's taking into account the fact that the popular guy-unpopular girl trope is not one of my favorites.

What carried this book for me were: Ella's family, Sadie and Frankie, and Alex and Ella's romance. The subplot related to Edward Willing was interesting and believable too, but it wasn't my favorite part of the story.

Ella's family seemed like a fun bunch. My extended family is huge and close-knit and reading about Ella's family reminded me of my own. As for Sadie and Frankie, I liked them both a lot too, even though there were times wherein they seemed larger-than-life and almost unrealistic.

My favorite thing about the book, I think, is Alex and Ella's relationship or, at least, parts of it. Alex has his not-a-great-guy moments, but he knows how to plan great dates and he seems to genuinely care about Ella. As for Ella herself, while I couldn't really relate to her, I did like her. Had she been real, I think we could have been friends.

THE GOOD:

  1. The romance between Alex and Ella was sweet and believable.
  2. Ella's family and friends are amazing.
  3. The art subplot was certainly new to me. 

THE BAD:

  1. Ella's lack of self-confidence can get painful to watch. 

READ IT IF:

  1. You are an artist.
  2. You like sweet romances.
  3. You like romances about popular guys and unpopular girls.

RATING:
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