Featured Review: Finding Mr. Better-Than-You (Shani Petroff)
About This Book:
Camryn has been dating Marc FOREVER—since freshman year! She dropped out of volleyball to go to all his games, switched her schedule around to be in his favorite class, and has been busting her butt to get into Columbia so they can go to the same college. So when Marc suddenly, and very publically, breaks up with her a week into their senior year so that he can date the new transfer student, she’s absolutely devastated.
But why be sad, when you can get even? Inspired by her favorite movies, Camryn decides that the best revenge is a Senior Year well lived, starring a boy who is ever so much better than her ex. With a little help from her friends, Cam is going to have the Best. Senior. Year. Ever.
*Review Contributed By Olivia Farr Staff Reviewer*
FINDING MR. BETTER-THAN-YOU starts off like a cheesy romantic comedy, but ends up being a lot more fulfilling light-hearted YA contemporary. Camryn (Cam) is excited to start her senior year and plan to get in for Columbia. However, it's only the first week of school and things are not going according to plan. The guidance counselor has pointed out that she lacks the AP courses and extracurriculars that she would need to get in to Columbia, and Cam reflects on why she ditched her previous ones, namely her boyfriend of three years, Marc.
Marc is a legacy for Columbia, and Cam and he have been talking about going there together for ages. However, when Cam needs Marc's comfort the most, he ends up publicly dumping her in a diner. Cam decides that she can turn her life into a rom-com by meeting a new guy and making Marc jealous so that he'll come crawling back. However, Cam still has a lot to learn about herself and who she wants to be.
Although the book starts out seeming a little silly, there are some important messages in there about staying true to yourself, hanging on to the best friends, and carving your own path. I also super-love a contemporary where the point is not romance.
While the story still managed to be overall light-hearted, this is a great story about finding yourself, being true to yourself and friends, and owning it all. I completely fell in love with Cam and her friends in this lovely book. Highly recommend for fans of YA contemporary fiction.
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