December 6, 2012

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare - Melissa Jensen

Title: The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
Author: Melissa Jensen
Pages: 380
Publisher: Speak

From 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?

This was a really solid contemporary read.  I was in a bit of a reading slump when I read this and it was exactly what I needed to get back on track.

It's the story of Ella - Ella who comes from a close knit Italian family and is on scholarship to her school - and how she falls for someone "out of her league."  But it's also so much more than that.  It's the story of a girl who has to fight to overcome her insecurities in order to take a chance on something that she wants.  It's about a girl who talks to a long dead painter in her head because that's less scary than actually talking to boys her own age.  She's a girl who spends her free time with her friends at a karaoke lounge playing truth or dare.  There was just the right amount of quirkiness at play here.  I really enjoyed this book and it made me pick up Melissa Jensen's other book, Falling in Love With English Boys (which I just ADORED with everything in me).

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