Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff! This YA rom-com sounds like a perfect addition to a winter TBR. Keep reading to learn more about the book, find out Shani’s inspiration for the story, and enter the giveaway to win a copy for yourself. US)Title: Finding Mr. Better-Than-You
Author: Shani Petroff
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: January 14, 2020
A heartbroken teen, with the help of her best friends, goes on a quest to find the perfect boyfriend, and in the end learns that some things are more important than boys in Shani Petroff’s fun YA contemporary novel Finding Mr. Better-Than-You.
Camryn Roth has it all planned out: a perfect senior year with her friends and then it’s off to Columbia with her boyfriend, Marc. But the first week of school, everything falls apart. Not only does she not have enough extracurriculars for her dream school, her relationship falls to pieces when Marc publically dumps her!
With the help of her two best friends, Camryn is determined to pull her life back together. Step one, more extracurriculars. Step two, get over Marc and find someone better.
Shani Petroff’s newest rom-com is a love letter to friendship: to those who help you find your true self, stand by you no matter what, and support your plans even when they know they’re doomed.
Shani Petroff, Author of Finding Mr. Better-Than-You
Guest Post: Inspiration for Finding Mr. Better-Than-You
Four-plus years ago I was dating a guy I really liked. He lived far, but we were trying to make it work. We had New Year’s Eve plans. He was going to come to New York City to see me.
Only it didn’t happen. On Christmas he ended things. By email no less. He said long distance was too hard and he wasn’t going to come. I was crushed.
Then it went from bad to worse. Not even a month later, I logged onto Facebook and his picture popped up on my feed. He was engaged. There he was with his fiancée all happy, and there I was alone, feeling numb.
My mind went into overdrive, and before I knew it I had a book idea! I told my editor about it, and she loved it. I was still working on Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over (barely had anything written), but we both knew Finding Mr. Better-Than-You (the title was there from the start) would be my next book.
Since the initial idea, the plot of Finding Mr. Better-Than-You took a lot of twists and turns. My real life was taken out of it. All the characters are 100-percent fictional now. However, there are a few things that stayed true from that initial concept:
It’s always been a book about friendship. A book about finding yourself. A book that says, while yes, it can be great to have a significant other, you don’t have to have one to be happy.
As for me, I did get over that ex. It took some time and some introspection, but I came to realize I deserved someone who truly loved me and my quirks. And what me from four years ago would be happy to know—I found exactly that!