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

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

★ ★ ★ – Finished, and found it okay, but with room for improvement.

“The Art of Truth or Dare” is a YA Contemporary.

Ella is the shy girl—the artistic soul who resigns herself to be a wallflower. Until she finds the King of the school’s sketchbook. As she battles with her art project, her French teacher assigns Alex Bainbridge as Ella’s tutor.

I wanted to love this story—I really did. The Main Character was an art-lover, and her romantic tale with Alex was sweet. They were great together.

But there were so many things that ruined it for me. The two main reason was this:

– The LGBT character: I liked that he was there. But I really didn’t like his attitude or personality. I got his dislike of Alex, but I didn’t think it was fair that he purposely punished Ella for it.

– The obsession with the dead painter was cute at first—even humorous. But his letters and journal entries, made the book seem like I was studying for finals. And there was a lot of letters with the sole purpose of being filler.

I’ve always had a weakness for the nerdy girl who gets with the prince charming. And therefore I had hoped to like this book more.

It is a sweet story. I kinda liked her conversations with her super-idol (the dead painter) and I could easily see how it would have fitted to a situation where the idol was a member of a boyband.

The story started off nice, but those letters, and other entries in italics just snapped me right out of the book.

With that said, it’s not a bad book. I just didn’t care about the painter as much as I cared about the characters.

I would recommend this one for people who enjoy YA love stories. And who doesn’t mind getting an art and history lecture while at it. (I don’t know if the painter actually lived or not, though.)

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