Title: The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
Author: Melissa Jensen
Genre: Contemporary YA
Release Date: February 16, 2012
Rating: Wait for Payday
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?
I saw this book on one of my Goodread friends list of books to be read and it sounded really interesting and a departure from what I’ve been reading recently. Naturally, I yet again broke my book buying ban and downloaded this book onto my Nook. If this book isn’t on your wishlist please add it RIGHT NOW!
Ella is an “invisible” girl at her private school and has a major crush on Alex Bainbridge, the school hottie. Ella was a pretty likable character for me. She’s suffering from some of the issues that all high school girls at one time or another suffer through (let’s just face it High School sucks for a fair amount of people). Add on top of that a gnarly burn scar and you end up with a quiet less than confident Ella. Though I did enjoy watching Ella grow as the book progressed.
A new thing for me…This is the first book I’ve ever read that had an openly gay character in it. Ella’s friend Frankie is a gay teen and personally for me Frankie was my favorite character. Frankie LOVES to play Truth or Dare with Ella and their other friend Sadie which comes into play a fair amount in this book.
Sadie, I felt that Sadie had some stereotypical elements to her but even though she was rich and skinny she wasn’t part of the “popular” crowd. For the record, that is something that made me LOVE her. She has a weird thing for sushi too but that’s forgivable. And she let’s her mom walk all over her, not so forgivable but understandable.
Alex is the hottie and major crush of the book. He’s rich and has a fair amount of power and pull in the school, yet he seems so down to earth. He just fits in with Ella’s crazy life and family.
My major quirk with this book was Ella’s strange fascination with Edward Willing. He’s the artist that she’s writing her Honor’s paper on. Ella has this postcard on her wall of him that she talks to and these random “conversations” were a little bit of a turn off for me. Though, as Ella learns more about Edward she also grows as a result of this new knowledge.
Overall, I was really impressed with this book. I really liked the plot and storyline. I really did think this book had a fair amount of “Pretty in Pink” moments. Though I wasn’t able to give this book a Break the Bank! rating it’s still a very good book and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a little something different to read. I literally read this book in 1 sitting it is that engaging.