Review: 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.

Rating: 5-stars


Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter is the best romance and romantic comedy novel I have ever read! This is by far beats every other romcom book I have read in my lifetime. It had elements by my other favorite romcom writers such as Tessa Bailey, Heather Graham, and Lynsay Sands. I absolutely loved the protagonists! I can easily relate to Libby. Wessy is the hero every girl has ever dreamed of…too bad he’s only fictional! I definitely want to read all of Lynn Painter’s other novels now.

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