• Better Than the Movies

  • By: Lynn Painter
  • Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (930 ratings)
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Better Than the Movies

By: Lynn Painter
Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
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In this rom-com about rom-coms, in the spirit of Kasie West and Jenn Bennett, a hopeless romantic teen attempts to secure a happily-ever-after moment with her forever crush, but finds herself reluctantly drawn to the boy next door.

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.

©2021 Lynn Painter (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Adorable!

At first, I thought maybe this would be a little immature for me, but after listening for more than 10 minutes, I was hooked. I found myself trying to escape any and everywhere in order to find time to listen 💗 I highly suggest this book, it kept me giggling out loud all the way through!

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Overall - really fun!

This was a really cute, fun and sweet romance with LOL moments, smart plot lines and it was also a bit touching.

A few things bugged me though and those were:
First, the female MC is sooo childish and immature at times. I get that it’s part of her character definition, that she’s growing throughout the book and that it’s a YA. But still. It felt like she was too dramatic at times (which at the beginning I blamed the narrator for, but it’s not her - it’s the character). There was even one specific scene where I was just shocked by what came out of her mouth and honestly couldn’t believe what a brat she was being.
Overall, I still really enjoyed this book, so judge for yourself how much such a thing would bother you. I guess in teen rom-coms it may be excepted…

Another thing that bothered me was how she kept saying the male MC is the “bad boy”, but honestly he was such a great male character. Again, as I continued listening to the book I realized how this was (to my understanding) all part of the idea of the story and the growth and maturing we see the female character go through.

To me those issues haven’t ruin the book, but I could definitely do without them.

To sum up, it was a good YA rom-com - fun, funny, sweet and truly endearing ;) It was fast paced and the narrator read the male characters as well as she did the female ones (which is always a concern when you buy an audiobook lol).

P.S.
If you love rom-coms and more specifically - enjoy rom-coms *movies* you’ll have even more fun with all the little references :)

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Really predictable and cheesy. Not my kind of book but it was still entertaining.

No depth or twist or anything you’ll know what happens write when you start. It’s giving “pick me” if you know that term but yea not great still cute story tho tweens would be into it

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THE BEST ROMCOM & UNIQUE WRITING STYLE

Reading this book felt like I was sitting in my favorite movie theater in a reclined leather seat watching the cutest romantic comedy that made you laugh, pull at your heart strings, and want to slap sense into your best friend to focus on the cut boy next door you didn’t realize you needed in your life. LOVE WINS in the end but find out who with.

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Better than expected

I just wanted a mindless read that was enjoyable with enemies to lover trope, but this was so much more. Great debut novel with some very original elements that are unique from other YA novels of the same trope. Totally relate to one of the main characters soundtrack making as I've been that way since I was little myself. I wish audiobooks could play the music in the background. I feel that would really enhance the listening experience with this one!

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Wonderful Narrator

The book itself is pretty good, but the narrator definitely made it a top-tier book.

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masterpiece

I loved this so much it was a great book and I like the audio it was just such a masterpiece ❤️

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Really great

YA but super great story and narration is perfect!! Would definitely recommend and let my teen daughter read!

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Better than the movies random review

This book was so cute I loved it so much I highly recommend it! The second I finished the book I started recreating Liz and Wes’s playlist I loved the book that much!

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Rom com mixed with fun!

I don’t read much ya anymore but this was a perfect mix of young love 90’s movies and the trials of life. I enjoyed every minute of this book

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