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Better Than the Movies

By Lynn Painter
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Publisher Description

A USA TODAY and New York Times bestseller

Perfect for fans of Kasie West and Jenn Bennett, this “sweet and funny” (Kerry Winfrey, author of Waiting for Tom Hanks) teen rom-com follows a hopelessly romantic teen girl and her cute yet obnoxious neighbor as they scheme to get her noticed by her untouchable crush.

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 reexamine everything she thought she knew about love—and rethink her own ideas of what Happily Ever After should look like.

1694 Reviews

Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This was such a cute book. I wanted to scream at how dense Liz could be. It was so obvious that Wes was into her and she was falling for him. Wish prom would have gone differently for them both.”
Likable charactersFunny writingRealistic settingComicalComing of ageRomantic
Slightly Smiling Face“I absolutely loved this book! It was definitely an emotional rollercoaster to remember.”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveFast-pacedUnpredictableImmersive settingRealistic settingComing of ageRomantic
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Better than the movies by lynn painter! I cannot wait for the second book next year. I feel head over heels for Wes Bennett and I adore Wes & Liz’ story it’s just so 😚 if you’re looking for a feel good book that feels EXACTLY like you are watching a romcom then Buy. This. BOOK!!!!”
Likable charactersEasy to readFast-pacedFeel goodRomantic
Thinking Face“2⭐️ This book just was not for me. I can understand why other people like this but I just could not stand Liz. I thought she was just very annoying. Wes was fine tho but I also though he missed a bit of character.”
Bad writingLack of diversityUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This book gave me all of the feels. I absolutely loved it. It was so cute. I am a total movie buff so I appreciated all the rom com movie references.”
Likable charactersEasy to readFunny writingComing of ageRomantic

About Lynn Painter

Lynn Painter writes romantic comedies for both teens and adults. She is the author of Better Than the Movies, Mr. Wrong NumberThe Do-Over, and Betting on You, as well as being a regular contributor to the Omaha World-Herald. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and pack of wild children, and when she isn’t reading or writing, odds are good she’s guzzling energy drinks and watching rom-coms. You can find her at LynnPainter.com, on Instagram @LynnPainterKirkle, or on Twitter @LAPainter.

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