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Finding Mr. Better-Than-You

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  324 ratings  ·  102 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 ne ...more
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Swoon Reads
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Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Shelves: contemporary, arcs, ya
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 it
***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 actuall
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 r ...more
Layla Fernanda
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really liked the ending!!!
The friendship in this book is absolutely EVERYTHING
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! :) ...more
ضحى الحداد
4.5 stars
I can't believe I actually liked a YA book that has no romance in it !! but Shani Petroff knew the way to my heart I guess, the friendship in this book are GOALS!, the story is funny that I laughed multiple times, Cam is so much fun to follow around
The story is about Cam who got dumped in the first week of her senior year, in order to get over her boyfriend she tries to date around until she finds THE ONE, but what she find in the end is love
great read if you want an easy quick read
Kiki Z
Feb 21, 2020 added it
Shelves: unfinished
DNF'd at 40%. This is definitely something that wouldn't be appreciated by an adult--the teenagers are just so teenage-y and I think adults will be more irritated than anything else. I might have gotten something out of it at 17 though. ...more
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
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super cute read! I devoured this book in a day! This isn't your regular romcom. I loved the journey of Camryn finding herself. One thing you learn in this book is that you are your own happiness. The character development was well portrayed, the side characters were those types of friends you need when you're in the dumps. It did start of a bit intense with the main character being a bit obnoxious in the start but as she started to experience different things she developed into someone you can a ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
review to come.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a typical teen story about a boy and girl who break up and the the heartbreak that follows. Cam decides that the best way to get back at the ex-boyfriend is to get a new boyfriend. Most of the book is about her trying to find a replacement. I wasn’t really a fan of the book.
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
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book with all my heart <3.
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
cat ♡
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
- positive female friendships
- minor character growth?
- a MC who loves books

- very bland, (I almost want to say sub-par but also don't b/c wow mean) writing. it really almost read like YA that was published in like 2013 or something
- so much of this was so cringe-y. you could tell this was an adult writing to seem like a teen and just didn't work for me
- Cam was so unlikable & irritating. she was so obsessed with Marc, having a boyfriend, and just changed herself to like everythin
Lira リラ   ✧lirareadsallday✧
Feb 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020, garbage
0.5 star

This is the most awful story I've ever read. Awful characters doing awful stuff.

I don't know what to enjoy here. I was burning with anger while reading it. And I kept reading this, hoping, the ending would be good. But I was horribly wrong. This isn't just my cup of tea.

The book is mostly focused to friendship and knowing oneself better. This isn't about Romance though the title made it seems to be a romance book. The title should've been Finding My Real Self . Anyways, it was a fas
the lady e
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.
I've read a few of Petroff's books before, and when I saw this one was on special, I decided to order it as it sounded like my sort of book. Finding Mr. Better-Than-You shares Camryn's story. She has spent the last three years in a relationship with Marc, and is planning on having the best senior year she can, before they head off to Columbia for college. However, the first week back at school, Marc dumps her, publicly, and she is distraught. She now needs to rediscover just who she is, and, ins ...more
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
A How to Guide to ‘Finding Mr. Better-Than-You’

STORY | Leading up to college, life is a fairytale for Camryn aka “Cam.” She has the perfect soccer star boyfriend, Marc and together, they plan to take the New York college scene by storm. Her perfect plans grow a crack when Cam learns her extracurricular academics aren’t exactly the things that impress Columbia. Then, her life goes from slightly imperfect to terrible when Marc calls it quits – all in front of a crowded diner!

Sticking by her are h
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was so cute, y’all! It was nice to have something like this after reading some really heavy books.

Cam is an easy character to relate to. Like her, I am a people pleaser and that sometimes makes me loose myself a bit, which is exactly what happens with Cam. She is so focused on making her boyfriend happy and being there for her friends, she stops trying to find her own happiness. Not that being a supportive friend is a bad thing! It’s not! At all! But not at the expense of your own iden
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 wh
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 initiativ ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-library
This was just an OK read, it had its moments ...
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
It was cute.
Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
I feel indifferent towards this book. But I still liked it enough to read it on a single beautiful summer day. So.

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. S ...more
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! ...more
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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.

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