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
|Publisher:||Feiwel & Friends|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She is the author of Romeo and What's Her Name, My New Crush Gave to Me, and 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. She is the co-author of the "Destined" series, which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing for the advance reader copy Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff, in exchange for an honest review. Teens will love feisty Camryn as she is very publicly dumped after a three-year high school romance. Camryn has planned her life and college plans around Marc; so she is totally blindsided by him; even more when she finds out he has been seeing another “new” girl all summer while she was away as a camp counselor. But what teens will love MOST is how her friends get behind her and never stop encouraging her to be her best person (hadn’t she been doing that for the last 3 years?). Even more surprising is her new found friendship with the cheerleaders. Whether she is looking for Mr. Right or jumping into new school activities; Camryn’s search for new school clubs and/or priorities will lead her into a fast-paced, often humorous journey with this reader rooting for Camryn’s happiness and growing self-reliance. I loved Shani Petroff’s use of authentic teens, high school drama, best friends (and new friends) being forever and finding yourself. Highly recommended!
I was excited to try this one out. It seemed like it would be pretty cute. And really, it was cute. It kept me turning pages and smiling, and shaking my head at the crazy things that happened to Camryn. I loved when her friends decided to do a Bachelor style thing to find her a new guy. I loved that we don’t get the stereotypical characters, like mean girl cheerleaders. And that even the “other woman” wasn’t really necessarily an evil seductress that we have to hate. Other than the story being really cute, I guess I didn’t realize just how much of a “love story about friends” it was going to be. Because about halfway through, I saw it going that way, and I was disappointed, because I get it, friends are more important than boys. But when I read what I think is going to be a romance, I want a good romance. So it was not exactly the type of ending I was looking forward to. But it’s probably great for a YA book, and for young girls to read so they don’t think they have to have a boy to be happy.
Cam’s senior year of high school isn’t working out that great. First, her guidance counselor tells her she probably won’t get into her dream college, and then her boyfriend breaks up with her – very publicly. Good thing she has some great friends to help her through the tough times ahead. And a wonderful family. In fact, her life is starting to sound like one of her beloved rom-coms. But where’s her new love interest? After all, “The best way to get over an old guy is to find a new one.” And, in looking for Mr. Right, she might just end up finding herself. I love how supportive Cam’s friends are, as are her parents and little sister. Even though Cam initially comes across as self-centered, she is actually a thoughtful friend and big sister. By the end of the story, she learns that some things are more important than having a boyfriend. A cute, funny, easy-to-read story about friendship. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post including book giveaway (15 January): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2020/01/finding-mr-better-than-you-by-shani-petroff.html
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. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.