The Art of Lainey

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“Songbird” - Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Centre, mini lyrical small group, 1st overall, Radix Dallas, March 2017
★ Choreography by ?
☆ Dancers ☆ Hailey Bills, Mckenzee Cowen, Ally Curnel, Gianna Garwacki, Ella Hendricks, Lainey Myers, Gwennyth Simmerman, Avery Watson, Makenna Wooldridge
Songbird ~ Fleetwood Mac, cover by Hope

I’ve decided to release the first look for my characters! These are the very first fleshed out designs of their uniforms so there will be a lot of refining based on their theme and utility.
The past week I’ve been grinding it with painting practice for my concept art and character design so here they are! First look on their uniform designs and newcharacters; Lainey, Darius and Jassie! Tell me what you think and I hope you guys like it!

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What was your worst breakup? Team Epic Reads shares their stories during this week’s Tea Time!

Review: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they’re sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few “dates”, it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.

What’s a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you’re meant to be with if you’re still figuring out the person you’re meant to be?

Right off the bat I was mildly irritated with this book because it contained a trope I loath - the cling, desperate girl who spends a book longing for a guy who dumped her ass. It is typically followed by either an insane stunt to try and get him interested or the dismissal of a much better love interest. This book kind of had both! Huzzah. Only this time the ~insane part was the nonsensical link to The Art Of War. Let me make this clear, there couldn’t be a worse book to apply towards your love life and its inclusion felt forced and unnecessary

Also Lainey… Lainey, Lainey, Lainey. How I longed to smack her head into a brick wall repeatedly. Her happiness, self esteem and senior year apparently all hinged on her having a boyfriend. ABSURD. YOU ARE HOT, POPULAR AND FEMALE THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER, DONT BE A LITTLE BITCH. Yeah she didn’t listen to me yelling at her though (crazy right?) and continues to do all kinds of shit. Eventually she did grow up and realize the error of her crazy ass ways so if you want to wait untill the very conclusion of the book to like the heroine- this is the book for you!

Really-Obvious-Spoiler-Alert : Micah, the guy posing as her fake boyfriend is the real love interest of the story and the saving grace of a pretty predictable read. He is a tattooed, mo-hawked, smoker with a tragic past and a heart of gold. I mean, yes he is a cliche “opposite” for the image conscious girl but I think the banter and dynamic between them worked and was certainly fun to read. I like that they started off as sort of enemies so that they had to get to know each other and grow before the relationship took off, there is nothing more annoying then insta-love. 

Over all this book is a cute, unexceptional read. 

Grade: C