Better Than the Movies

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Better Than the Movies

Better Than the Movies

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My mother wouldn’t be there to take pictures and get teary as her baby attended the final dance of her childhood, and nothing made that hit home quite like seeing Joss’s mom do those things for her. That being said though, Better Than The Movies follows a typical YA romance structure and clichés are definitely there; so yes, there is nothing mind-blowing with the story but it is still a good and enjoyable read.

When he got to the porch, he opened the screen door and yelled to me over his shoulder, “Have a good day, Liz! And while she’s struggling to cope with the loss of her mom, she pretty much pushes her stepmother Hannah, who is actually really cool, off to the periphery of her life and refuses to let her be a part of any of Liz’s senior year milestones. Although her scheming and lies can be frustrating at times, she's ultimately an endearing character, and readers will root for her.Fitzpervert left a hair ball in my slipper, I burned my earlobe with the straightener, and when I opened the door to leave for school, I caught my next-door nemesis suspiciously sprawled across the hood of my car. Perfect for fans of Emily Henry and Ali Hazelwood, this "sweet and funny" (Kerry Winfrey, author of Waiting for Tom Hanks) teen rom-com is hopelessly romantic with enemies to lovers and grumpy x sunshine energy!

This little indie starred a host of early 2000s-era young talent who were often in the tabloids themselves, including Wilmer Valderrama, Macaulay Culkin, and Mia Kirshner. The protagonist, Liz Buxbaum, explains in the Prologue that romance movie binge-watching is a tradition she and her late mother shared. Liz often finds herself at odds with her best friend, Joss, her neighbor, Wes, and her stepmom, Helena. Indeed, the book is as much a tale about small town greed, corruption, and a questionable mafia component, as it is about a really big fish. Today her braids were all pulled back into a ponytail, but instead of looking messy like when I wore a ponytail, it showed off her cheekbones.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 just wanted a mindless read that was enjoyable with enemies to lover trope, but this was so much more.

There are messages about frank communication in a relationship, and how important it is to talk about things that bother us. Before she died, Liz’s mother taught her that the charming “bad boy” is not the man to aim for; instead, she should seek a nice, dependable man for her “happily ever after.

She thought prom was no big deal, just a high school dance that you dressed up for, and she would find me completely ridiculous if I admitted to being disappointed. My absolute favorite part of Better Than the Movies though was Liz’s relationship with her neighbor and arch nemesis, Wes Bennett. This was a really cute, fun and sweet romance with LOL moments, smart plot lines and it was also a bit touching. Liz’s relationships with Joss and Helena also suffer as Joss discovers Liz’s lies and Liz shuns Helena from her life for fear of replacing her mother. How does she learn humility and start to communicate more honestly with the people who care about her?

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