Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff


We’re back with another interview. This one with Shani Petroff and her new release, Finding Mr. Better-Than-You. You can find the rest of Shani’s tour schedule HERE.



  • What sparked the idea for “Finding Mr. Better Than You”?

I had my heart crushed several years ago, and the guy ended up dating someone else right away. It was painful, but it also sparked a book idea. I told my editor about it, and she was like—That’s it! That’s your next book!


  • Were there any challenging scenes to write?

There were several challenging scenes. The biggest hurdle was taking myself out of the equation—realizing this wasn’t my story, it was Cam’s. Once I was able to do that, the chapters started flowing!


  • In a couple of sentences, how would you describe your main character, Camryn Roth?

She is romantic who believes in true love and that life should be a rom com. She’s a loyal friend who knows what she wants, and throughout the book learns a lot about herself and what really makes her happy.


  • If “Finding Mr. Better Than You” was ever turned into a movie or TV series, who would you cast as your main characters?

That’s a tough one—there are so many people that would be great! Odeya Rush is one that comes to mind!


  • Without spoilers, what is one chapter or scene that either gutted you or that you loved writing?

There’s a scene right after the breakup where Cam’s sister comforts her, and I really loved showing that side of their relationship.


  • What is it about YA romance that you love writing?

This book I consider more of a friendship book than a romance one, but either way what I love about them is that warm feeling where you know the main characters are doing well, have people who support them, and they get a happy ending—whatever that may be.


  • Do you have an all-time favorite book, or a favorite book at the moment?

A book that I have not been able to stop raving about since it came out is There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon. It made me laugh, smile, cry—I just love it!


  • Finally, can you tell us, or at least give us a hint, at what you’re working on next?

I’m working on another Swoon book – only this one is a supernatural mystery!


Thanks so much to Shani for interviewing I Heart YA Romance. Be sure to check out the giveaway below, along with all of the links to where you can purchase Finding Mr. Better-Than-You


Finding Mr. Better-Than-You
Shani Petroff
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 14th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

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.

Praise for Shani Petroff:

“Fans of holiday movies, rom-coms, and ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ will enjoy My New Crush Gave to Me . . . Petroff’s festive story will have readers baking gingerbread cookies and buñuelos at any time of year.” —VOYA, on My New Crush Gave to Me

“A worthwhile read. Flirty and fun.” —Booklist, on Romeo & What’s Her Name

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Author Bio:

Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. Please visit her website at

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