Lauren Morrill's Better Than the Best Plan is a fresh, funny, romantic YA novel about a teenage girl who finds an unexpected silver lining in her life when plans get turned upside down.
Plans are made to be broken.
It’s the last day of junior year, and seventeen-year-old Ritzy—short for Maritza—is pretty sure she has a great plan. Summer job—check. Hang with friends at the beach—check. Keep looking after herself as she’s been doing since her mom bailed to follow her bliss—check. Or no check?
After someone reports that Ritzy is living alone, a social worker shows up and puts her into foster care. That’s surprise enough. Even more surprising? Ritzy has been in foster care before, as an infant, and the woman who cared for her then takes her in again. But maybe the greatest surprise of all for Ritzy is that living with her foster mother, Kristin, in Kristin’s gorgeous house, isn’t all that bad. And neither is the cute, friendly boy next door. If Ritzy’s mom hadn’t gotten her back all those years ago, this is the life she could have had. But is it the life she should have had?
When Ritzy’s old life catches up with her new one, she has some decisions to make. Can she plan for the worst, but still hope for the best?
“Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, is this really happening?”
Every part of me feels warm and clammy, and it’s only partly because I’m standing on blacktop in 90-degree weather with 100 percent humidity....
Praise for Better Than the Best Plan
*A Paste Magazine Best Young Adult Book of 2019!*
"Morrill lets the likable Ritzy be herself through all her personal upheavals and realizations, and at no time dictates whom she should be. Give this to readers who want a story about a girl who finds herself in situations that test her character but who maintains her dignity." —Booklist
"With the amount of warmth Morrill infuses into every single one of her stories, you should look forward to this book with all of your heart." —Paste Magazine
"A satisfying and thought-provoking read for teens and those who love them." —Chapter 16
"A sparkling summer story about first love, new beginnings, and all the many ways we define family." —Jennifer E. Smith, bestselling author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight