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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  48 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Swoon Reads
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Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, ya, edelweiss, friendship
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! Fun and easy to read, it is also very relatable if you ever felt you lost yourself in a relationship.

Cam Roth is a good student, a good sister, a good friend and a good, supportive girlfriend to her boyfriend of three years, Marc Gebler. Cam has a sunny, optimistic personality, but she is also ...a bit pushy or let's say very determined to get what she wants. Right now it is being in the same art class as Marc. Looking into long-tem future, it is
Candace Robinson
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've loved all of Petroff's books, so I was excited to see what this story would bring to the table. Not to mention this one has a really super cute cover like her other books!

What I like best about Petroff's stories, especially this one, is that it always feels like real and genuine teens. My teen self would have connected so much with Cam. When I had my heart broken, it felt like the end of the world, like things would never run right again. But what I had, as does Cam, was an awesome group of
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cam was so excited to be starting her senior year, but things didn't look like they would be going her way. First, her guidance counselor tried to dash her hopes of getting into Columbia, and then her boyfriend of three years publicly dumped her. Feeling lost, crushed, and dejected, Cam turned to her friends for help in finding a replacement boyfriend in order to make this a year to remember, but instead, what she found was a deeper understanding of herself and the value of friendship.

I think
Shani Petroff
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can't wait for you all to read this book! :)
***Actual Rating: 3/5 Self-Caring Stars***

Judging from the cover (yes, I do that a lot), Finding Mr. Better-Than-You does look like the kind of books I usually enjoy savoring, if not devouring from the moment I get my hands on it. Thus, color me shock when I realized this book wasn't what it seemed.

To be honest, I was half expecting there to be at least a little romance between the main characters, because wasn't it what the book title was suggesting??? Much to my surprise, this book actually
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
review to come.
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 ...more
Candyce Kirk
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Camryn is in shock when on top of finding out she hasn't done enough to get into her dream university, her long-time boyfriend breaks up with her in the middle of a crowded diner, and the video even gets posted online. She decides then to work harder toward college and finding someone better.

Unlike most contemporary YA's, or like 95% of the ones I read, this isn't a romance. And I don't mean it in a way there's this boy but no emphasis on him. It really isn't a romance. I was a little surprised
Lisa Mandina
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Lenni Jones
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-and-special
I’m a huge romance reader and I’m a sucker for a cute main love interest. I think the thing that disappointed me most about this book is that there was no main love interest. It also killed me how dense Cam could be at times.

That said, there were parts that I did enjoy. It was funny how much Cam enjoyed being the school mascot. And don’t even get me started on Jemma! You can say what you want, but we all know Jemma’s the true star of this book.

The ending of this book was nice, and I hope that
Sam Taylor
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really fun book! Enjoyed this story of a girl finding herself and learning what true love looks like. AWESOME girl friends, too. This book turns so many tropes on their heads and I'm here for all of that!
Samantha Hastings
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The perfect book for anyone who loves romcoms!

Camryn is dumped by her boyfriend Marc and told by the school counselor that she doesn’t have enough extracurriculars to get into Columbia. Instead of giving up, she decided to find a better boyfriend and create enough extracurriculars to get into any college. But you can’t force “meet-cutes” or “happily-ever-afters.” Especially if you’re not being yourself.

A unique love story with laughter, tears, friendship, and self-realization. You’ll be hard
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.

Kind of an underwhelming teen romance. This might be a good recommendation for teen/high school librarians for girls who seem co-dependent on their boyfriends, as really it’s all about the girl learning about herself, but it was a little bit of a lackluster story.
Monica (books_over_everything)
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2020
**Disclaimer: I was given a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

Title Finding Mr. Better-Than-You

Author Shani Petroff

Release Date January 14, 2020

Publisher Swoon Reads

Description from Amazon

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,
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019
Finding Mr. Better-Than-You both was and wasn't what I was expecting. I was expecting a fun, fast, cute read about a girl who gets her heartbroken, goes on a search for a rebound-to-more guy to heal her heart and finds him. A bit too literal of me? Definitely. What I got was a fun, fast, cute read about a girl who gets her heartbroken, forces some seriously awkward situations in hopes of finding a rebound-to-more guy to heal her heart, but finds herself instead. Is there anything wrong with ...more
Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.

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
Megan (Ginger Mom)
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I picked up Finding Mr. Better-Than-You, I figured it would be a cute little romance about a teenage girl who gets dumped by her boyfriend and goes off searching for the guy who's going to mend her heart. She's essentially looking for her OTP (one true pairing). And I expected a fluffy little romance. In reality, this is more of a light-hearted contemporary and I'm kinda surprised that I enjoyed it. I seek out romances. But there was so much more to Finding Mr. Better-Than-You than just a ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
As a very engaging and fast-paced high school romance, Mr. Better-Than-You threw a few curve balls my way. Camryn Roth is ready to rock her senior year of high school. She and her high school sweetheart are deeply in love and they both have the same dreams to attend Columbia for college. But Cam’s world is thrown into a whirlwind after meeting with the school counselor and then later having her heart broken at a local diner. After moping and piecing together her broken heart, Cam takes ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

3.5 stars. This had a rocky start for me because I did NOT like Cam at all. I prefer characters who know their own minds and have some strength and sass to them. At the start, Cam was all about the boyfriend. She had given up her extracurriculars so she could be wherever he was. She pestered her counselor all summer to change her classes because she "wasn't going to spend
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Cam is looking forward to a great senior year with her boyfriend, Marc, before they both head off to Columbia to start their happily ever after. Her plans are upended when Marc breaks up with her after the first week of school and the guidance counselor informs her that the college of her dreams might be quite a reach. Cam sets out to pad her transcript with extracurriculars and find a new boyfriend to take her to prom. Only, she learns that in her desperation to get a date, she loses herself. ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
This might be a case of me being too old for a particular YA book because this one felt too young for me and I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters. Camryn has recently been dumped (quite badly) by her longtime boyfriend, Mark, a guy she has gone all out for-cheering enthusiastically at his games, begging and pleading to have her schedule changed to share a class with him, and so on. After the very public and poorly planned breakup, her focus becomes finding a guy who is better ...more
This was not what I was expecting. It's an interesting idea to create a character who's such a big fan of rom-coms and have her star in a book that isn't a rom-com.

It was still very cute and a great book about friendship and finding yourself, especially after a breakup. But it was still very rom-commy but without an actual romance. Which doesn't really make sense, I know. But I don't really know how else to describe it. It's a story about loving yourself and not being who you think people want
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a refreshing story. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Camryn and her group of friends and watching them navigate the complicated emotions that break ups and senior year can bring.

Having been through a very public break up my senior year of high school (eons ago) I immediately related to Camryn and her very emotional meltdown. The scene was so well written I was cringing right along with the rest of the crowd.

While the plot revolves around finding the next potential boyfriend for Cam,
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
*This arc was provided by the publisher to give an honest review*
This was a funny, cute book about a girl looking for her dream boy with the support of her amazing friends.

I really enjoyed this book. Mostly because it was a cute and easy read that made you feel awed at points because of the main character and her best friend relationship. I loved the author's writing especially the parts where she referenced real movies and tv shows to express what Cam liked to watch. The only part I didn't like
Michelle (Love, Stars and Books)
(I received an eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Book review: Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff (3 stars)

Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Rating: 3/5 stars

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

I love that the girls aren’t vicious/cut-throat to each other unlike a lot of other contemporary novels that have a main ‘bitch’ character to torment the protagonist,
Lynda Dickson
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 13+
Shelves: young-adult
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 ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Cam returns home from camp for her senior year of high school, her loyal boyfriend Marc is waiting for her. She's so excited to spend a year in art class with him, cheering him on at his soccer games, and ending with getting into Columbia alongside him. So when he publicly dumps her at their favorite diner surrounded by their friends, she's crushed in many ways, and has to figure out where to go from here.

Her best friends help her out, and along the way she figures out some important stuff,
Carolynn (All the Books and Chocolate)
Okay so this is probably not a rom-com in the truest since, but it's pretty close. This is a YA novel, but I was very impressed with the maturity that the characters displayed. This wasn’t the story of the girl out for revenge, okay well maybe in the beginning it was, but that didn’t really last long. Instead this was the story of a girl who realized that she had great friends and that perhaps not having a boyfriend wasn’t a bad thing.

I think this is a great read of any high school student. So
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Shani Petroff is the author of the YA novels Romeo and What's Her Name (Macmillan/Feb. 2017) and My New Crush Gave to Me (Macmillan/Oct. 2017) and the tween series, Bedeviled (Penguin). She is also the co-author of Ash.