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Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

About the Book- Better Than the Movies

Liz Buxbaum has always known that Wes Bennett was not boyfriend material. You would think that her next-door neighbor would be a prince candidate for her romantic comedy fantasies, but Wes has only proven himself to be a pain in the butt, ever since they were little. Wes was the kid who put a frog in her Barbie Dreamhouse, the monster who hid a lawn gnome’s severed head in her little homemade neighborhood book exchange.

Flash forward ten years from the Great Gnome Decapitation. It’s Liz’s senior year, a time meant to be rife with milestones perfect for any big screen, and she needs Wes’s help. See, Liz’s forever crush, Michael, has just moved back to town, and—horribly, annoyingly—he’s hitting it off with Wes. Meaning that if Liz wants Michael to finally notice her, and hopefully be her prom date, she needs Wes. He’s her in.

But as Liz and Wes scheme to get Liz her magical prom moment, she’s shocked to discover that she actually 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 perception of what Happily Ever After should really look like.

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“Sometimes we get so tied up in our idea of what we think we want that we miss out on the amazingness of what we could actually have.” 

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Our Review of Better Than the Movies

This is the fluffiest, brightest candy floss EVER !! and I am saying this in the most sweetest and adorable way. This book is an open tribute to all Rom-coms fans and an ode to a typical high school rom-com story. Imagine everything that could happen in a typical high school romance and VOILA it delivers. Ironically to even my surprise, I had a good time with the book and enjoyed it despite all the things that I mentioned above that usually irk me.

I had this book on audio and I was red in cheeks with the sweet, cute and innocent ( or in my language xtremestupidophilia) of the story. Ah to be young, naive and in love for the first time….. 😛

So basically while it should have been a replica of all other rom-com books or rather YA romance, this book was still in a zone of its own. Something about the way the book played with all the cliche and yet manages to bring out the fun quotient is why the book is worth the try.

If you have dabbled in the game of YA romance, you could probably see the beginning, end and middle from just the synopsis of the book. But it is just the way all your predictions happen and yet come out as fun and entertaining that made me a fan. Plus also the fact that it was such a light, sweet, mood uplifting and cute read.

I hated the FC and needless to say that she belongs to the group that first stirs up trouble and would blame the entire world before realising …oops I did it … again ( eye roll cue). At times I wanted to slap sense but then realised that it’s these things that develop the plot.


In conclusion, I would say that Better than movies is a perfect relaxing book that gives you a rom-com dipped in all possible cliches and yet is fabulous for being adorable, light-hearted, funny and simply CUTEE

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