Book Review / Lynn Painter

Lynn Painter | Better Than The Movies

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The Book: 

Better Than The Movies by Lynn Painter
Published May 4th 2021 by Simon & Schuster
Date read: May 9, 2021

The Characters: 


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

Perpetual daydreamer Liz Buxbaum gave her heart to Michael a long time ago. But her cool, aloof forever crush never really saw her before he moved away. Now that he’s back in town, Liz will do whatever it takes to get on his radar—and maybe snag him as a prom date—even befriend Wes Bennet.

The annoyingly attractive next-door neighbor might seem like a prime candidate for romantic comedy fantasies, but Wes has only been a pain in Liz’s butt since they were kids. Pranks involving frogs and decapitated lawn gnomes do not a potential boyfriend make. Yet, somehow, Wes and Michael are hitting it off, which means Wes is Liz’s in.

But as Liz and Wes scheme to get Liz noticed by Michael so she can have her magical prom moment, she’s shocked to discover that she likes being around Wes. And as they continue to grow closer, she must re-examine everything she thought she knew about love—and rethink her own ideas of what Happily Ever After should look like.

The Review: 

What an adorable little YA rom-com! This one is perfect for fans of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. This book had amazing banter, cute characters, and definite chemistry. Although you can guess the ending right from the first page, Painter takes the reader on an extremely enjoyable ride through Liz’s goofy antics as she tries to win the man of her dreams.

I loved Liz, and definitely can relate to her extreme awkwardness. I especially enjoyed all the rom-com references, as well as the soundtrack to go along with the book. Overall, this is the perfect lighthearted romance read.

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