Friday, July 6, 2012

Review of The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jenson

★★

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
By: Melissa Jenson
Review by:  Kaede

Publisher: Speak
Pages: 380
Series: No
Star Rating: ★★/ I could live without it.

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 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:

•Ella.
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•Alex.

I don't think you'd like that very much. But that doesn't mean that the list doesn't just sum up my feelings perfectly. Oh how I hated Ella. I bet you can't say, "Stereotypical character.", faster than I can choke our lovely protagonist to her death. And Alex.





No. Just no.

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Q: Did you find any redeeming qualities where Ella was concerned?
A: Why good sir, no I did not. Do you think you can any redeeming qualities when a girl-who-talks-to-dead-people-for-advice-and-thinks-she's-the-shit is involved?

Q: If not, did you find any redeeming qualities at all?
A: Actually, yes I did. I mean, dude, have you seen Frankie? He reminds me of Adrian. And if someone reminds me of Adrian, he has to be awesome.

Q: Did you like Alex, the love interest?
A: *disgusted face* (I don't even want to know how a disgusted face looks like...)

Q: What changes do you think the author should make?
A: Well if I were her, I'd first remove everything but Frankie. Then I'd open a copy of Anna and the French Kiss to see how a real contemporary is done. But sadly, the world doesn't revolve around me. *sighs* I might have to contemplate taking over the world one day if that's what it takes...

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Well, I think that's just about it! If you still insist of reading, I have only two words for you darling. Good luck. Believe me, you'll need it.

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Review also found at: Goodreads

Contact me at: kimberlyho75@yahoo.com

4 comments:

  1. Haha. Love this!! Welcome to Wake up at Seven!

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    1. Thanks and thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed.

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  2. Well, now I know that I'm not going to read this book for sometime.
    New follower! :)

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    1. Haha. Well then again, not every book is for every reader. But honestly, I really couldn't find a single saving grace if you don't count Frankie. And thanks!

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