• Better Than the Movies

  • By: Lynn Painter
  • Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (192 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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).

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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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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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So coll

I was not expecting to like that much. but this book is soo good and sweet and romantic. I loved the voices the narrator did. So good!

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5 Billion Stars

Loved this book. Such an awesome rom com and wraps you up in a warm hug.

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A- MUST- LISTEN- TO

I Fall in Love with the book since the very first chapter!. If you are a person in love with romantic movies then this book is for you. Don’t waste any more time and listen to it right now.

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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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Butterflies, blushing and twitterpated

Reading this transports you back to highschool with all the same incorrigible feels. I definitely recommend if you want a sweet distraction with all the same emotions of your pasttime. The narration was outstanding.

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I loved it!

I loved it and hope this becomes a movie!!!! I was gripped the whole time and Wes is my new Darcy!

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Funny and witty romantic teen comedy

This is a funny and witty romantic teen comedy with touching moments - and although it had childish and predictable parts - it was so fun and entertaining that I found myself giggling out loud. 😂
I loved that each chapter started with a quote taken from rom-com movies and while listening to the audio I completely could have imagined the Netflix movie that would be based on this book. 👏👏
The only thing that bothered me (besides the PG13 thing) is the huge resemblance to the movie 'Duff'. There were so many identical elements in the book - even the hero was called the same. 🙈

Still, if you want a romantic read that will make you smile, I definitely recommend this book (and especially the great audio version! The narrator did a wonderful job). 💙💙💙

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  • NaratipU
  • 05-17-21

Rom Com Young Adult = Perfect

Really enjoy listening to this one. The narrator did a good job. Story wasn’t new but lovely and made me smile while I listened.

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  • Amirah Aji
  • 09-11-21

Sweet, swoony and wholesome.

The story is so great, at this point I've read it twice and listened to it a few times. I love how the relationship unfolds, it was a fun, flirty and healthy dynamic. Lynn Painter's writing was so engaging and amusing. After reading the book - so many memorable scenes stuck in mind. Jesse Vilinsky did an incredible job bringing all the characters to life. I laughed out loud constantly, and towards the end I was sobbing. There were some really heartwrenching moments. Definitely a new all time favourite.

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  • Becca
  • 12-09-21

In denial

Enjoyed it for the most part but my god was it annoying how in denial she was through out the whole book.

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  • Rebecca
  • 11-24-21

Beautiful bittersweet and blissful

Better than the Movies is an easy listen, with a lovely storyline. Jesse's narration is flawless, easy to recognise characters throughout and great emotion at perfect moments.

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  • Busayo
  • 10-18-21

I'm obessed .

This book has no right being this good.

I've listened to it over and over again and I'm contemplating buying the hardback just because I want to feel it in my hands. Lynn Painter's writing is so engaging I cannot believe it, she is now one of my new auto buy writers when it comes to the romcom genre!

Love, love, love this book!

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  • Revie Leigh Byrnes
  • 08-22-21

So cute!

Such an easy listen, really likeable characters and great narration! I listened to this all week and I was addicted

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-21

Sweet, funny and all the feels

Really good coming of age teen rom com . Sweet , funny and heartbreaking in parts . great character development. Perfect narration, really made it amazing .

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  • Grace
  • 08-07-21

SO FREAKING GOOD

IT IS SO GOOD THE STORYLINE IS KINDA PREDICTABLE BUT I LOVE IT I WISH I COULD LISTEN TO IT FOR THE FIRST TIME AGAIN