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

The Art of Truth or Dare - Melissa JensenPublisher: Speak (February 16th 2012)
Paperback: 380 pages
Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

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?

Review:

Setting: High School (re: Art orientated)
Heroine: a lame-ish but good-hearted girl
Boy of interest: The heartthrob of the school dating the prom queen
Best Friends: the slightly different enough personality girl friend, and the some-what-sassy gay guy friend
Conflict: Girl likes boy that’s “out of her league”, boy doesn’t know girl exist until something throws them together and vola sparks fly.

Sounds awfully familiar, but can’t quite name the book? That’s because you can almost insert every YA romance book into that description. The Fine Art of Truth or Dare is really your fill-the-blank YA/teen romance. And I have no problem with that (which is why I’ve read so many books in this genre) but the problem is nothing really makes it stand out from the rest. What this book had going for it was all in the title “The Fine Art of Truth or Dare” – a little art, a little truth or dare, but it all fell sorta flat and definitely wasn’t used to its greatest potential. Actually it was barely even used to bring the characters together and was more of an after thought.
The only redeeming parts of the books was the Marinos and their restaurant and I credit that more to my love of food and the interesting family dynamics than anything.

It’s not a bad book, but it’s not that great of one either. The thing is with most YA chick-lit I don’t need to read them to know how it ends, it’s the getting there that’s the good part. This one unfortunately I spent most of it snoozing.

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