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The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
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Jul 09, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: own-arc, challenge-src2012, challenge-ccc2012
Read from January 30 to February 03, 2012

Review originally posted on my blog http://hobbitsies.net/wordpress/2012/...

!!!! was basically my reaction when I found out Melissa Jensen had a new book coming out, that book being The Fine Art of Truth or Dare. See, I loved her first book, Falling in Love with English Boys.

And The Fine Art of Truth or Dare was everything I wanted to be!

Let me just get one thing out in the open real quick – Ella sometimes came off as crazy. As in she had conversations with a dead artist’s art crazy. It was weird. But hilarious.

And it worked, strangely enough. At first I was like “oh my godddd she needs a straight jacket” but then I started to get to know Ella. And the-talking-to-Edward-willing-thing fit her character and I thought it actually ended up being a really clever way for her to air her inner thoughts without being all inner monologue-y.

Oh, yeah, and Alex. Let’s not forget Alex. He frustrated me. But I loved his sense of humor and how teenage boy-ish he was. Because he absolutely wasn’t the perfect guy that we sometimes see in YA – he was the guy who sat behind me in math class. Or, you know, figuratively speaking.

OH AND HER FRIENDS. Guys, normally the friends in books are kind of wishy washy, but I loved Sadie and Frankie. I got to know them and their story without them being an overpowering element in The Fine Art of Truth or Dare – and at the same time, I would totally read a book about either of them.

I loved Ella’s struggles. Lying to her best friend about boys, fighting with friends, major self esteem issues – she was real. And her issues were real. And the story was real. Isn’t that kind of what the perfect contemp is? Realness?

I loved The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen. It was such an incredibly relatable story with humorous and real characters. If you’re a fan of witty contemporaries with characters you could have sworn were in math class with you last year, check out The Fine Art of Truth or Dare.
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message 1: by Amy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Amy YAY!! I loved this one, too. So SUPER cute!! <3

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