Thursday, January 16, 2020

Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff

Book info:
Title:  Finding Mr. Better-Than-You
Author:  Shani Petroff
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 14th, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source:  E-galley from Xpresso Reviews which did not influence my opinion
My rating:   4 stars
Synopsis:
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 and What’s Her Name



My Review:
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.

Author Bio:
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. Please visit her website at www.ShaniPetroff.com.



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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting today, Lisa!

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  2. One of the first things I pointed out in my review was that this was not a traditional romance. It was more about friendship and reclaiming your identity. I think if you go in with the right expectations, you see this for the lovely friendship story it was. To me, that's a marketing issue. (like when they say a women's fiction book is a romance, same thing)

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  3. I do love when books are about friends more than boys/girls, but marketing definitely has to do better. It's a bit of a disappointment for many, I'm sure, if you don't get the romance book you're expecting! I'm glad you enjoyed aspects of it though.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  4. I think this sounds like it would be a good one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

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