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February 17, 2014 • Cee • Reviews

Melissa Jensen - The Fine Art of Truth or DareThe Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
February 16, 2012
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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 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?

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

Truth (according to Ella Marino): I fell in love with Edward Willing the first time I saw him.”

From those two lines, I was immediately intrigued because I am Edward Willing. (And I mean our views on first sight.) The Fine Art of Truth or Dare is a surprisingly cute story about a teenage girl who’s obsessed with a dead painter and yearns to know him better (as he fits her criteria of her prince charming), and all the while, is dealing with her insecurities and her feelings for the popular guy in school. We’ve all been there (the latter half of that summary), so maybe that’s the main reason why I enjoyed it? Because I can see my teen years flash before my eyes (albeit, I didn’t go to a school similar to Ella’s).

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