Finding Mr. Better-Than-You

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Finding Mr. Better-Than-You
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January 14, 2020
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978-1250294326
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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.

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charming YA contemporary about owning who you are
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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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