So, I finished The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen. And it was such a cute, fun, entertaining read! I picked it up initially because people were comparing it to Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and if anything is remotely compared to that book, I’ll read it.
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare definitely had the same will they/won’t they tension that I loved in Anna and the French Kiss. It also had a main character, Ella, who felt so authentic that I just had to root for her, even when she made a wrong decision. Though this isn’t a summer book, it would be a perfect beach read, and if you’re looking for something fairly light and fun, I highly recommend it.
I discovered this song on Youtube (though I’ve loved Erin McCarley for a while now) while I was reading this book, and it seemed to fit. Ella has to start to understand herself before she gets involved with Alex, the ridiculously swoonworthy love interest, and I think this song portrays that feeling perfectly (or at least it does in my head).
Also, Ella is obsessed with a fictional late nineteenth century artist. Even though that artist tended toward landscapes or outdoor portraits, I couldn’t stop thinking about my own favorite artist from (roughly) that time period, John Singer Sargent, and my favorite painting of his, Portrait of Madame X:
Have you read The Fine Art of Truth or Dare? And/or is anyone as obsessed with Anna and the French Kiss as I am?