This or That with Alex from The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen

I'd like to welcome Alex from Melissa Jensen's The Fine Art of Truth or Dare to the blog today to share some of his preferences with us by playing a little This or That:

Book or Movie?
Movie. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I like a good book as much as the next guy (Chris Crutcher is pretty freakin’ amazing). But I’m in high school. I have books shoved down my throat all the time, and some are, well, kind of a slog (Moby Dick?). And I have a pretty decent collection of American movies in French. Believe me, you haven’t really experienced Jurassic Park until you’ve heard “Tyrannosaurus” said with a French accent.

Eyes or Smile?
Eyes. I’m big into truth and smiles are the easiest lie.

Lions or Tigers?
I’m more of a sea-creature kinda guy. Stingrays, octopi. Sharks. Why, you ask? Well, I guess it started with Princess Tamatori. And then, Ella Marino came along and completely turned everything upside down, and… Sorry. What was the question again?

Singing or Dancing?
Not if I can help it.

Coffee or Tea?
Coke. American coffee sucks. And tea tastes like grass. I play field sports. Believe me, I know what grass tastes like.

French Bread or French Toast?
Pane, definitely. It’s Italian bread. Ella’s grandmother makes a killer pane. And there’s this weird stuff Ella puts on hers: garlic and anchovies and something. I know, right? But it’s actually pretty good. You just have to make sure that if you eat it, the person you’re considering kissing has been eating it, too.

Large Crowd or Small Gathering?
Um. That kinda depends on the planned activity, doesn’t it?

Paintings or Sculptures?
Old Japanese woodblock prints. Seriously. Kuniyoshi is the Man.

fran├žais ou anglais?
Francais, bien sur. Mais j’aime beaucoup l’italien, aussi.

Football or Baseball?
Lacrosse. Or hurling. It’s Irish. Think lacrosse meets roller derby minus the skates.

Black & White or Gray?
White paper with grape juice. Try it. Drip the juice onto the paper, see what pictures you make. I know, it sounds like one of those psych inkblot tests. That’s what Ella says, anyway. But then, I tend to lose my mind a little bit around Ella…

White Lies or Brutal Honesty?
Depends on whether someone’s heart is involved, I guess.

Standing Out or Blending In?
I’m a Bainbridge. We’re pretty much bred to stand out. I mean, come on, my dad’s a U.S. Representative with aspirations of a Senate seat. And the aspirations he has for me do not involve blending in. Now, I’m not saying that’s a good thing, but it’s definitely a Bainbridge thing.

New or Vintage?
Have you seen my car? No, really, I’m asking if you’ve seen it. No? It’s a Mustang ’68 GT Coupe, only two owners before me. It’s a little battered, but still a work of art. The engine is amazing. When I hit Route 72 through the Pine Barrens and get past 60, it sounds like a happy tiger. You can feel the road through the gearshift, and… Sorry. What was the question again?

Truth or Dare?
Truth: Guys like me and girls like Ella don’t make sense.
Dare: Prove there’s no such thing as Santa. Or mermaids. Seriously. Good luck with that.

Thanks to Alex for stopping by and helping us get to know him a little better!

You can find The Fine Art of Truth or Dare on:  Amazon | Goodreads
You can find Melissa Jensen on:  Website | Twitter

Check out my review of The Fine Art of Truth or Dare.

Thanks to The {Teen} Book Scene for hosting the tour. Be sure to check out all of the other tour stops for more fun and info!


  1. Fun interview! I can't wait to read this book! It looks so good :)

  2. This interview is really cute. My favorite question is the one about eyes or smile, because I totally agree with the answer Alex gave!

  3. High Five to you Alex. I hate coffee too! You rock!
    Interview was awesome!


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