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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  7,082 ratings  ·  693 reviews
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
Paperback, 380 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by Speak (first published February 1st 2012)
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Meg ♥

Everyone keeps talking about that tagline ~"Pretty in Pink" meets "Anna and the French Kiss"~ I wouldn't describe it that way, but it was just as sugary sweet as those two.

Truth: Was this book as good as I thought it would be? No.

The synopsis for this book doesn't give much away and I love that. I'll admit that I read this one for the cute cover. So sue me.

Ella is a kind of strange girl. Not in a totally bad way, either. She's obsessed with art, and has a crush on an artist from the 19th cen
Melannie :)
Oh my!
I need this NOW.
I could say I'm the person most excited about this in the whole wide world,

I bet everyone's excited :D!


December 14, 2011:

REVIEW TO COME... lemme just finish my swooning


December 15, 2011:

Official review:

You know what they say, it’s not very bright to get your hopes up because you know nothing is going to be as good as you make it in your head to be…
this book went past my expectations and up and up until it
Feb 22, 2012 Arlene rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker Read - February 2012
Rating Clarification: Closer to 2.5 Stars

To say I’m slightly disappointed in The Fine Art of Truth or Dare is such an understatement. This book has been on my wish-list for months! I had heard rumblings that it was a cross between Pretty in Pink and Anna and the French Kiss and all that did was increase my anticipation even more. Those were a movie and a book that I have crushed over and have probably watched and read at least half dozen times respectively. So I had nothing but excitement going
Mar 01, 2012 Ariana rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Sorry guys. Not sure if I'll review this as I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted.

Note: this has nothing to do with the comparison with Anna, it just wasn't my cup of tea. The only character I liked was Frankie, nothing else managed to grab my attention. Hopefully you will enjoy it a lot better.

Pre-reading thoughts:
Oh heavens, did someone just say "Anna and the French Kiss"?! :D

I don't think I've ever been so uncomfortable with anybody, much less a fictional female character. I just really hope that I don't ever meet anyone who talks to a picture of a dead old guy like one talks to their boyfriend/girlfriend. It's just not right. And to take advice from him constantly?...*shudders*

Now I could certainly settle for doing a bullet list for the things I didn't like and be done with it, but then it'd look a whole lot like this:

Things I Hated:

Date: December 19, 6:54 p.m.
Subject: Three Things
1. Truth: I’m terrified of an embarrassing number of things, including Ferris wheels, rusty nails, being alone, and being with someone.
2. Truth: I’m working on that.
3. Dare: Take a chance on me, Alex Bainbridge. Qu’ieu sui precieuse, Ieu lo sai.*

Those Gifs out there truly show how excited and happy i was for when i came across it's ebook .
this one had to be one of the most anticipat
1-1/2 stars

So...what to say about this book? Let's start with this: Whoever was in charge of writing the summary for The Fine Art of Truth or Dare should be fired. Or at least, his/her work should have to be checked by someone who actually read the book first. Because this:
Pretty in Pink meets Anna and the French Kiss in this charming romantic comedy.
is not this book.

There's no swoony romance that has you on the edge of your seat, waiting for them to finally realize they're meant to be toget
Oct 31, 2011 Jo marked it as to-read
Shelves: need
Why is everyone getting all excited about '...meets Anna and the French Kiss'?!
Sure, that's exciting but I can't help but feel you're missing the most amazing part of that tagline.


I was half hoping for more of Daniel when the book had ended. And then I realized that this one guy I had such high hopes for was more of a Jiminy Cricket than a freaking Prince Charming! I don’t like how this ended. There. I said it. I liked most everything and everyone prior to it: I did like her with her friends. I did like her with her family. I even liked her and her school with her not knowing if it was “the second best thing or the second worst thing ever to happen to her.” Heck, I e
Aug 29, 2014 Nafiza rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
When I was reading this novel, I was very entertained by it. I found it a complex exploration of adolescence punctuated with wit, humour and characters I could empathize with and relate to. I found the writing style to be engaging and smart and I really liked the different mediums interspersed in the novel that gave it a wider scope than the simple narrative technique would have. Stuff like emails, lists, excerpts from scholarly articles. The conversations with the painting/sketch of Edward Will ...more
So, I've been waiting to read this book, well, since I saw it floating around blogs and GR, it sounded like it might be a good one, they did mention Anna and the French Kiss meets something else I haven't read, and blessed him/her who wrote the synopsis, he/she has no clue whatsoever how to compare books, because AatFK rocked, and TFAoToD SUCKED!

Truth : I felt cheated, I was expecting a lot of fun truths and dares.

Hey! Don't judge me! I loved playing truth or dare!!

Why I think this books sucked:
Melissa Jensen's The Fine Art of Truth or Dare languished on my TBR shelf a lot longer than it probably could or should have.

But I guess I was finally in the mind for a lighter, young adult romantic comedy and I'll admit this book really fit the bill.

A scholarship student at the Willing School, Ella feels practically invisible. The fact that she has a crush on the school's founder from his portrait and writings probably doesn't help things. She speaks to him, but he only answers her when she's
Street Corner February Group Read

First off i have to say that the tile for this book is 100% fitting and perfect. I hate it when books have a title that makes no sense to the story, so props for that Jensen....

For me this book got off to a slow and rocky start. I mean seriously, our girl Ella was in love with a bust of a dead artist, Edward Willing. She was obsessed to the point she had imaginary conversations with him. It was... odd and kind of pathetic. Things started halfway looking up as Ell
Apr 14, 2012 Juhina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare was just the contemporary novel I needed to take a break from all the dark paranormal novels I’ve been reading. I know it has been compared to Anna and the French Kiss, and if you’ know me and have watched my YouTube videos you know how much I love Anna. However I’ve learnt to not start a book with high expectations because of comparisons to other favorite books or raving reviews, since that always leads to disappointment, and im glad I didn’t. While The Fine Art of ...more
Fickle Ghost
Rating: 2 stars out of 5

There is a lot that needs to be said about this book, but since my review seems lengthy, I'll go ahead and mention four basic points.

1. Ella and Alex: There is no spark

There is so much unfinished business when it comes to these two, and it's just sad, because the author had enough time to go on and on about Edward Willing (more about him later), but not the main characters of the story. I just... it's really hard to describe it, but for me, something was off with their re
Kal-El (the BookGeekBeauty)
I'm on Vacation so reading and reviewing will take more time. IOU 2 book reviews for: The Fine art of Truth or Dare and First Date:)

This **cough nonexistent cough** romance was....nice. I had some problems that other reviewers have already pointed out, that I agree with.

1. I don't know about anyone else's family, but if we were struggling with money like Ella's family is, and I was suffering like Ella (from her scars) my family would do whatever possible to get plastic surgery to fix it.
Probably like 3.75 stars

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare is the story of a girl named Ella. She has two fab best friends, a hilarious Italian family that reminded me of the family in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and a nasty scar left from a boiling water accident when she was younger. This causes her to be EXTREMELY self-deprecating and self-conscious. The poor girl can't even see how awesome she is!

This book is blurbed as "Anna and the French Kiss meets Pretty in Pink" and I can definitely see the co
Inspired Kathy
I loved the way this book was written, it was quite witty. It starts off with Ella sharing her undying love for Edward Willing. The only problem with this is that he died...long ago, as in years before Ella was even born. Through the course of the book she has many an interesting conversations with her idol Edward. If only she could find someone alive who could live up to Edward. Of course there is always her crush Alex Bainbridge, but he's a "Philitte" who will likely never notice her.

Ella and
Apr 02, 2013 Eunice marked it as dnf-lost-interest-skimmed
Oh god. I think I've completely lost my interest in this book. I dunno if I'll continue reading this as I have been getting really bored with everything that was happening (because, seriously, I don't really care about Edward Willing). I really don't want to stop reading books half-way through but I was really struggling with this one. But maybe, one day, I'll pick this up again and finish it and could make a really proper review. :))

I'm still in the mood for lighter fiction. So, this week I picked up an ARC of The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen. It's not my usual fare (as you regular readers can tell). It's not Fantasy or Paranormal or Dystopian or dark or bleak. It's not depressing at all. Surprise surprise!

What this book is, however, is quirky. But in a good way. It's a delightful, oddball combination that I enjoyed quite a lot.
In Fine Art we follow Ella, demure and cautious Ella. Ella lives in Philly with he
Good Lord - what an over hyped book this was :(

This did not meet up to expectations. Not one bit.

What I didn't like:

The constant cultural references made me uncomfortable and was borderline racist in my opinion.

Daniel. Someone please explain his purpose in this book, because I sure as hell don't see it. What an unnecessary character he was.

Both Alex and Ella are wholly unlikeable.

I skipped a lot of the art speak/essays

No one really cares about Edward Willing. At least, he shouldn't have been w
A lot of good and a lot of bad.

This book has a fair amount going for it. The writing is good; intelligent and cute and clear. The premise is intriguing and adorable. Both the concept and the execution of the Truth or Dare games were fantastic--it added a really wonderful dynamic to the trio's friendship, and to the story as a whole. And as for the trio itself, I was very pleasantly surprised by our protagonists's best friends. When they were first introduced, I cringed quite a bit; they seemed d

Edit after reading: Hm. I definitely saw traces of both Anna and Pink but I must say that I was expecting sooooo much more. Comparing a book to one of my all-time favorites (Anna) is something to take very seriously here! Anna was such a different and spunky and fun girl. While Fiorella was cute, she was no Anna. She was painfully shy and insecure--trust me, I can relate--but was also kind of...blah. Maybe my expectations were too high? Alex was adorable
Superlatively cute.... Loved Cat's lil' cameo! So glad I stumbled across this author..
Sep 28, 2011 Kita marked it as to-read
Anna and the French Kiss? 5 words and I'm instantly intrigued.
Ella Marino is nearly invisible at the Willing School, but she's okay with that.She's got her friends, Frankie and Sadie, she's got her art, and she's got 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's your French tutor, and lessons have become more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl end up with the golden boy when ...more
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare was one of the 2012 releases I was most looking forward to. Unfortunately, I felt that its peculiar structure and its pacing made it a confusing and frustrating read.

Plot: Ella Marino is a smart, sassy, 16-year old who is interested in art and art history. In particular, she's obsessed with Edward Willing, a post-Impressionist artist who was the nephew of the lady who founded her school, the Willing School. Ella comes from a large Italian family in South Philadelph
Originally reviewed on reutreads, a young adult book blog.

Even though The Fine Art of Truth or Dare had some mixed reviews, I loved this book. I whipped through the +350 pages and sighed. It was all so true! I loved Ella and her friends Sadie and Frankie.

I find that contemporary YA must have really well fleshed out characters or it will flop. This is something I struggle with in my own writing but from the second I read that Frankie had a thing for Scandinavian blonds and his brother was in some
3.5 stars

{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}

You know that love-hate thing that everyone has with Julie Taylor on Friday Night Lights?

I had that same relationship with this book and with Ella, the narrator of Melissa Jensen’s The Fine Art of Truth or Dare. On one hand, she really is smart, and she matures throughout the story, on the other hand, like Julie, I didn’t find myself rooting for Ella to get the nice guy love interest, Alex, until the very end (kind of li
Great book and dry wit funny!

What I liked:

The characters! I really like Ella. She is smart, artsy, FUNNY, and has a great reason for a deeply ingrained insecurity about the large scar on her shoulder and part of her neck. She uses her hair and clothes to hide it, but none the less, it provides a barrier for her to really trust anyone in the love department.

He best friends are great. Frankie…oh my goodness I SO had a friend like him in high school! I just smiled every time I read about Frankie.
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