The Weekend Aesthetic is a feature where I post book aesthetics on the weekend. They might be of a book I’m currently reading, recently read, or read a long time ago.
I adore romcoms, so I was super excited for Better Than the Movies. Pitched as a romcom about romcoms, Better Than the Movie truly is a love letter to all romcoms. Before Liz’s mother died, she passed her love of romcoms to Liz. Now it’s the end of her senior year, and Liz’s grief is extra strong as she goes through all of the end of high school milestones without her mom. But if she can land the perfect prom date, it would be like one of their romcoms and maybe, just maybe, feel like her mom is there with her. Cue her childhood crush, Michael, moving back—the timing couldn’t be better. However, Michael still sees her as the little girl he once knew, so Liz recruits her neighbor Wes to fake date her in exchange for the coveted parking spot they fight over daily. But as Wes and Liz spend more time together, Liz starts to rethink who her perfect leading man might be.
This book is perfect for fans of romcoms, especially To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The DUFF (the movie adaptation). It’s full of so much trope-y goodness that will leaving you swooning in delight! I loved Liz and her love for vintage dresses, music, and, of course, romcoms. Her grief felt so real, and Wes was so supportive of her in it (and all of her other schemes). He’s definitely worthy of being the leading man! The supporting cast of characters was also great, especially Liz’s stepmom and how their relationship develops throughout the book. This book is full of so much heart and is not to be missed!