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Finding Mr. Better-Than-You


If her ex can find someone new, so can she...

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    4 (5 ratings)

  • Tears

    4 (4 ratings)

  • Laughs

    5 (4 ratings)

  • Thrills

    5 (5 ratings)

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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.


“Whoa,” Avery said as she stepped into my room.

“Oh,” I said, following her gaze. “That’s my picture wall.”

“I can see that,” she said, walking over to it.

There were hundreds of photos taped there. I was all for posting on social media, but there was something about a physical picture that I loved. I started the collage when I moved to Brooksvale in second grade to remember everyone I left back in Shaker Heights, Ohio, but in the many years since, images of Terri, Grace and me pretty much ruled the wall.

As she looked over the pictures hanging by my desk, I climbed onto my bed and studied the ones taped up right by my pillow. They were the last ones I got to look at before I went to sleep every night and the first ones I got to see when I woke up every morning.

“No, no, no, no, no, no,” Avery said, as I traced my favorite with my fingers. It was one of Marc and me roasting marshmallows at camp, and I was looking at the fire, but he was looking at me. His gaze was pure love. At least that’s what I had thought. I had a whole little picture section just of the two of us. I’d only put it up a few weeks ago.

“You don’t want him,” she told me, and gently threw a stuffed elephant sitting at the edge of my bed at me.

I hugged it to my chest. But I did.

My expression must have been easy to read because she continued. “Trust me, you don’t.”

My head told me she was right, but my heart was having a harder time getting the message.

Avery picked up a scissors from my desk and marched over to me. “You know what to do,” she said, holding them out.


For Shani Petroff:

"[Shani Petroff] is quickly becoming one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. She knows how to write the perfect humor mixed with a great story." —Literary Dust on Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over

"A genuinely adorable book . . . Highly recommend, full stop." —The Reading Nook Reviews on My New Crush Gave to Me

"Petroff’s latest offering . . . will delight romance lovers with its fast pace and humorous tone. This sweet, lighthearted look at high school romantic foibles will be of particular interest to fans of books by Ann Brashares and Jennifer Echols." —School Library Journal on Romeo & What’s Her Name

"Flirty and fun." —Booklist on Romeo & What’s Her Name