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Better Than the Movies av Lynn Painter
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Better Than the Movies (utgåvan 2021)

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Titel:Better Than the Movies
Författare:Lynn Painter (Författare)
Info:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2021), 368 pages
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Better Than the Movies is the perfect summer rom-com read. While the romantic trope of enemies to lovers is pretty standard, I loved the banter and chemistry between Wes and Liz. ( )
  SGKowalski | Jul 6, 2021 |
This novel brought me great joy during a time when I needed some cheering up.

Liz lives in a world she believes her mother would want. Her mother passed away several years ago, and Liz has a perfectly good step-mother. Liz feels getting close to Helena would be replacing her mother, so she keeps distant. Liz tries to be her mom in some ways. She watches the rom-coms that her mom loved, and Liz loves them in return. She wears vintage clothing that sets her apart. She constantly thinks of music as a score to life as it is in a movie. Sounds fine, except it's now her senior year when major life events happen. Liz puts everything off because her mom isn't there to be a part of them. I'm making it sound like a depressing, realistic, serious novel. It is not. It's actually rather funny.

Liz crushed on Michael when he lived in town. She thinks she'll probably never see him, but he's back! She sees their romance as a rom-com and even begins a movie score to follow their relationship. The problem is that he sees her as Little Liz, as she was when she was young. Her next door neighbor agrees to help her get Michael. Wes, to Liz, is her nemesis. He continually annoys her on purpose. They argue over the parking spot in front of their houses. She finally has a plan. He can have the parking spot if he agrees to help her. They pretend to date to show Michael she is dating material. Wes even takes her shopping and offers suggestions to be a little "less Liz."

Fate obviously doesn't not want Liz and Michael to get together. The disasters that ensue make the reader laugh aloud. Liz handles these missteps well and even has a sense of humor about them. Wes seems to understand Liz and can help her adjust with the changes by giving suggestions that show he understands how to help her. Liz eventually has to face reality about college, her step-mother, and her love life. My only real criticism are the occasional cuss words. These would be suddenly thrown in and jar me from the story. They didn't fit her character or the rest of the writing style. Ultimately, the novel was a joy to read. ( )
  acargile | Jun 3, 2021 |
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