As a contemporary lover, I’ve really enjoye Shani Petroff’s previous books (My New Crush Gave to Me & Airports, Exes and Other Things I’m Over). So I was really excited when she announced her new book, Finding Mr. Better-Than-You. Today I’m sharing my review of this new release.
A big thanks to Xpresso Book Tours, Shani Petroff and Swoon Reads for providing me an ARC through Netgalley to read and review!
Finding Mr. Better-Than-You
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 14th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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.
Praise for Shani Petroff:
“Fans of holiday movies, rom-coms, and ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ will enjoy My New Crush Gave to Me . . . Petroff’s festive story will have readers baking gingerbread cookies and buñuelos at any time of year.” —VOYA, on My New Crush Gave to Me
“A worthwhile read. Flirty and fun.” —Booklist, on Romeo & What’s Her Name
What I love about Shani Petroff’s books is that once you sit down and start reading them, you just can’t put it down. Once again, I was able to finish Finding Mr. Better-Than-You in one sitting! I really enjoy this author’s writing style and that hasn’t changed.
Our main character Camryn, or Cam as her friends call her, is in her senior year. She’s ready to start the year and work towards going to college in the Fall. When her boyfriend breaks up with her out of the blue, plans change. Especially when she hears she needs to work on extracurricular activities to be able to get in the college of her dreams.
“My rom-coms apparently didn’t get everything right. Not all, pretty popular cheerleaders were cruel. In fact, it would seem some were secretly Wonder Woman coming to the aide of heartbroken souls at local diners.”
Cam was an interesting character. I could relate to the fact that she loved all things romcoms! That’s totally me. That’s kind of where my connection with her ended. I have to be honest and say I struggled with her character at times. I loved seeing her realize that it’s okay to be herself and what she wants is just as important. But part of this story is just her trying to get another boyfriend and that definitely annoyed me at times.
Finding Mr. Better-Than-You is an interesting story and definitely has some laugh out loud and some sweet moments. It’s a fast and fun read! Not much really happens though. Or at least it felt that way. That being said, Finding Mr. Better-Than-You isn’t your typical contemporary in the sense that romance is the main part of this book. It’s actually really about Cam finding herself and learning what she wants. This may be through some awkward moments trying to find a date, but it was a nice touch. Shani Petroff shows girls it’s okay to be yourself and go for what you want. A guy or girl shouldn’t change what you want!
“I didn’t even give anyone the chance to know the real me. I hid myself, hoping it would make me seem like a better choice.”
My favorite part of this book has to be the friendships though. I loved Camryn’s friends and how much they supported her. There were also many moments she supports them. Definitely lots of girlpower! I also loved that this book shows us people aren’t always what they seem. There are defintiely friendships formed that our main character wouldn’t have expected at the beginning of the book.
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Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. Please visit her website at www.ShaniPetroff.com.
US readers have a chance at winning a print copy of Finding Mr. Better-Than-You! This giveaway ends on January 23rd.
All in all, I did enjoy Finding Mr. Better-Than-You. It just wasn’t my favorite book by Shani Petroff. I do love reading books like this with amazing friendships. Have you read any good ones lately? Let me know in the comments!