Release Date: January 14, 2020
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A heartbroken teen, with the help of her best friends, goes on a quest to find the perfect boyfriend, and in the end learns that some things are more important than boys in Shani Petroff’s fun YA contemporary novel Finding Mr. Better-Than-You.
Camryn Roth has it all planned out: a perfect senior year with her friends and then it’s off to Columbia with her boyfriend, Marc. But the first week of school, everything falls apart. Not only does she not have enough extracurriculars for her dream school, her relationship falls to pieces when Marc publically dumps her!
With the help of her two best friends, Camryn is determined to pull her life back together. Step one, more extracurriculars. Step two, get over Marc and find someone better.
Shani Petroff’s newest rom-com is a love letter to friendship: to those who help you find your true self, stand by you no matter what, and support your plans even when they know they’re doomed.
Cam, the ultimate lover of rom-coms, has her perfect senior year planned out. She’s going to have the best time ever with her friends and then attend Columbia with her longterm boyfriend. Except then her own rom-com comes to a sudden end when Marc breaks up with her. To make matters worst, Cam doesn’t have any extracurriculars to include in her college application since she dedicated so much of her time to her ex. Now she’s on a mission to get over Marc (added bonus if it makes him jealous in the process) and beef up her college application.
Finding Mr. Better-Than-You is a fun read about finding yourself with the help of supportive friends. Going in I thought this would be a cute rom-com, but I loved that the story turned out to be about friendship! It was such a great message to see Cam figure out that she doesn’t need a boyfriend to be happy or fill a void. She let boys derail her own goals, dreams, and happiness, but was able to grow and learn that what she wants is important.
The tone of the novel was light and fun. There were totally some awkward scenes that left me embarrassed for Cam, but they were funny. What I really loved though were her interactions with her friends. Plus Cam’s a rom-com fan like me, so of course I loved her. I think it’s important to have a character like Cam and hope this will show teens that there’s so much more for them out there, especially if they feel like they wasted time on a relationship that ended.
Overall, Finding Mr. Better-Than-You is a love letter to the friends who stick with you no matter what!
*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.*
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She’s the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of Ash. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.
Gisellesays:January 17, 2020 at 12:48 PM
This sounds like such a charming read! Great review, Jordan! I love how this focuses on friendships and Cam sounds really likeable and easy to root for! Glad you liked it! 🙂
Sílviasays:January 17, 2020 at 1:39 PM
Heck yes, friendships! ♥♥♥ This book seems cute!
Sam@wlabbsays:January 18, 2020 at 10:52 AM
Once I realized this was more of a friendship story than a romance, I managed my expectations and was able to really enjoy it. It was fun and rather lighthearted, but also touched upon how you can lose yourself in a relationship.