The Fine Art of Truth or Dare

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare

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Nobody Ella falls in love with her French tutor and popular student Alex Bainbridge.
Publisher: New York : Speak, c2012
ISBN: 9780142420904
Branch Call Number: YA Pbk JEN
Characteristics: 380, 12 p. ; 21 cm

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billybee11
Jul 25, 2013

I absolutely loved this book. It wasn't quite what I was expecting but I liked it either way.

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mrfbiini2
Nov 03, 2012

Honestly I was expecting this to be a shallow I’m-gonna-read-after-a-horror-book book, and while it had the typical teenage angst it also brought up a lot of problems that we’ll always have to face, no matter how old we get. It’s both normal and completely extraordinary mashed into one, and the character development is beautiful. The progressions of each story (Edward’s, Ella’s, the Marino’s) is amazingly written and maybe it’s the fact that I thought I wasn’t going to get anything from this book, but it surprised me into a happy fit of giggles, and reminded me about some important stuff in life. Like the fact that no matter what we are or wear or come from we’re valuable and just have to take the time to see it.

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PSMP0005997157
Aug 21, 2012

this book is an interesting read! if ur a hormone crazed girl obbsessed with romance and all that crap then i suggest u read this book! i didnt like it that much but hey who knows u might like it!

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Quiki
Jul 10, 2012

I really liked this book, but at the same time could only wish that Melissa Jensen had risked a bit more and dove deeper. She plays around with typical chick lit cliches (the gay best friend, the impossibly perfect guy, the girl with a scar, etc.) changing them a bit to make the story quirky but not enough to give the plot depth. Ella came off as kind of bland and too centered on the beautiful Alex Bainbridge. She does have a slight obsession with a dead artist which, although strange, was a nice twist. I thought the main focus on art and truth and dare (as pointed out in the title) could have been used even more so to the authors advantage. Perhaps my favorite part is how well Jensen made up the character of Edward Willing (the dead guy Ella is obsessed with) and his private life; I actually had to look him up to see if he was real or not, since she provided seemingly realistic texts written by Willing. Overall, this book is a fun read, but offers little more than a side of depth. A perfect read for escapism, not hard truth.

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beckyhill
Jun 21, 2012

While I liked the writing style, the plot of this book is nothing outstanding. It's the whole invisible-girl-crushes-in-impossible-guy thing that has just become way too overused in recent years. There are definitely unique aspects, like the game of truth or dare that keeps coming up, but unfortunately they weren't enough to make this a truly remarkable book. Good writing style, just not an original plot.

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allisonallain
Jun 12, 2012

The fine art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen was originally published February 2012 by Speak.

would actually rate this 2.5/5

The book is told from Ella’s (Fiorella Marino) point of view. She is a scholarship student at a prestigious Philadelphia high school where all of Philly’s elite go. She is basically invisible and doesn’t even mind. She loves art and in particular one artist, Edward Willing, though long dead she still has conversations with. When she is not hanging out with paintings she’s with her best friends Frankie and Sadie, flunking French or crushing on Alex Bainbridge. Alex is one of the popular boys at her school and also happens to be her French tutor.

This book was touted as ‘Pretty in Pink’ meets ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ so of course I wanted to read it. I randomly found it at my local library and picked it up hoping it would live up to that comparison. Well let’s say that I didn’t like it as much as I hoped I would. Don’t get me wrong I thought it was a cute stor, but the first part of the book was laggy and slow. I pushed through and the ending was better!

Ella was kind of annoying, but I did like her friends Frankie and his brother Daniel. I wish that they would have been more prominent in the story. I think Alex was a nice guy and definitely crush worthy, but that wasn’t enough to make me really enjoy the book. Not sure that I would recommend this book to many people though I think the story will appeal to lots of people. For me personally the story was just ok and quite forgettable. I don’t regret reading it but would never pick it up again. It’s just nowhere near Anna and Lola!

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mrfbiini2
Nov 03, 2012

“Truth (according to Edward Willing): People who rely on first sight are either lazy or deluded.”

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mrfbiini2
Nov 03, 2012

“sometimes no matter how many eyelashes or dandelion seeds you blow, no matter how much of your heart you tear out and slap on your sleeve, it just ain't gonna happen.”

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mrfbiini2
Nov 03, 2012

“Everyone is covering up something. I guess I think there’s an interesting question there.”
“ ‘What are they hiding?’ ”
I shook my head. “ ‘Does it make a difference?’ ”

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