Better Than the Movies (Paperback)

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Rom-coms might be having their moment now, but this protagonist has always loved the idea of a Hallmark happy-ever-after! Unfortunately for Liz Buxbaum, her crush's best friend is her annoying, prank-inclined neighbor whom she absolutely CANNOT STAND. When the path of least resistance reluctantly proves itself to include getting closer to her neighbor for a shot at a one-in-a-lifetime romance, Liz knows she can't pass it, there's no chance she'll mess this up so badly that she'll fall for her icky neighbor instead, right?

- Cindy

— From Better Than The Movies (Staff Pick)


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.

About the Author

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, on Instagram @LynnPainterKirkle, or on Twitter @LAPainter.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781534467637
ISBN-10: 1534467637
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 26th, 2022
Pages: 384
Language: English