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Painter throws them all into the mix, but they feel fresh, because she makes us care— and oh boy, did I care about what was going to happen to these characters! Keep up with all the latest book-related goodies on our blog and interact with authors in our Twitter chats. Then Michael, her childhood crush, comes back into town, and Liz feels like it’s finally time to make her rom-com dreams come true. Better Than the Movies” by Lynn Painter is a book I read last month and for sure one of the best books I read this year.

This coming-of-age story references classic romantic comedy tropes and films as Liz eventually discovers that “happily ever after” is not what or who she expects. Yes, Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel of the same name was a huge bestseller, but when you say a quote like “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse,” it’s 100 percent guaranteed you’re saying it in Marlon Brando’s voice.This is important and I wish the description had mentioned it: Liz's mom died in a car accident when she was in the fifth grade.

They had the kind of back-and-forth banter that’s so hard to capture in a book, and Lynn wrote it perfectly. On the first day of kindergarten, she’d yelled Ewwww when I’d gotten a bloody nose, pointing at my face until the entire class gawked at me in disgust. If surveyed, everyone on the planet would unanimously agree that the girl was beautiful; it was an indisputable fact. She makes it her mission to go with him to prom, even though her best friend Jocelyn (Joss) warns about romanticizing him. I have been steadily working my way through Lynn Painter’s backlist and now after this one I think I only have one more book to read before I have to join the queue of people who are awaiting each new publication.

The more Liz schemes with him, the more she’s forced to examine the difference between what she thinks is good for herself and what actually is— and part of facing that means facing her past. However, the best movie adaptations can often transform the source material into a nearly unrecognizable vision. One of the things I liked about Wes was that he saw Liz for exactly who she was and didn’t think she needed to change anything. A romantic comedy is quoted at the beginning of each chapter, and characters watch and/or discuss romcoms. The story follows Liz Buxbaum, who, inspired by her mom’s favorite movies, creates soundtracks for important moments and tries to manipulate her own love life to mimic the scripted ones.

Liz also does not let the rumors about Michael having feelings for apparent mean girl Laney discourage her—Liz has despised Laney ever since grade school for Laney’s cruelty.Ellis’ satire is all sharp edges, but Mary Harron‘s sharp directorial eye captures the black humor at the bloody heart of the story while ditching some of the book’s extreme misogyny. I get that it’s part of her character definition, that she’s growing throughout the book and that it’s a YA. But while Wes and the Potters had enjoyed things like flinging mud into my hair because it made me scream, Michael had been doing things like identifying leaves, reading thick books, and not joining in on their torture. Overall, I still really enjoyed this book, so judge for yourself how much such a thing would bother you. Distracting Liz is the fact that her childhood crush Michael has moved back to town after moving away some years ago, when they were still quite young.

I wanted to go with someone who made my breath catch and my heart flutter, but who was even left in the school that I hadn’t already considered? It’s full of pop culture references (from Taylor Swift to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) as well as references to all the classic rom-coms ( Bridget Jones, When Harry Met Sally, and more). Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.Their chemistry ignited one of the great Hollywood love stories, on and off-screen, and makes this a rare pseudo-noir with a happy ending. It would have been great to have more background establishing the conflict between Liz and Joss, it lacks a bit of emotional impact because the reader does not get to know Joss very well.

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