April is apparently the month for amazing debuts (click here for my review of another debut rom-com, You Deserve Each Other). Today I’ll be talking about Cameron Lund’s debut, The Best Laid Plans! The Best Laid Plans is the perfect teen rom-com and there’s only one more week until y’all can get a copy on April 7, 2020! Keep reading for my review below! (Spoiler alert: LOVED this.)
When the only other virgin in her group of friends loses it at Keely’s own eighteenth birthday party, she’s inspired to take things into her own hands. She wants to have that experience too (well, not exactly like that—but with someone she trusts and actually likes), so she’s going to need to find the guy, and fast. Problem is, she’s known all the boys in her small high school forever, and it’s kinda hard to be into a guy when you watched him eat crayons in kindergarten.
So she can’t believe her luck when she meets a ridiculously hot new guy named Dean. Not only does he look like he’s fallen out of a classic movie poster, but he drives a motorcycle, flirts with ease, and might actually be into her.
But Dean’s already in college, and Keely is convinced he’ll drop her if he finds out how inexperienced she is. That’s when she talks herself into a new plan: her lifelong best friend, Andrew, would never hurt or betray her, and he’s clearly been with enough girls that he can show her the ropes before she goes all the way with Dean. Of course, the plan only works if Andrew and Keely stay friends—just friends—so things are about to get complicated.
“Love is when your weirdness matches up with someone else’s weirdness. When you’re comfortable being exactly you.”
It will come as no surprise to any of you that I adore teen rom-coms from the 1990s and early 2000s. (Movies like She’s All That, Never Been Kissed, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless, to name a few.) There’s just something so special about them. Every time I watch them, I get butterflies from the banter, I get a knot in my stomach during the inevitable, albeit brief, romantic separation, and I get stars in my eyes during the oh-so-satisfying reunion. It doesn’t matter that I’ve seen them a million times, there’s just something about those movies that makes me feel like I’m experiencing my own condensed version of first love.
That’s what reading The Best Laid Plans is like. The Best Laid Plans feels like all of my favorite, classic teen rom-coms with a fresh, updated spark. It is simultaneously familiar and excitingly new. This is the kind of story that will be just as satisfying and delightful reading it for the thousandth time as it was reading it for the first time.
I don’t think I have enough time to fully delve into how much I loved both Keely and Andrew. Their relationship was perfect. Both of them are so strong and lovely characters in their own right and, as someone who was absolutely obsessed with movies in high school (I wanted to be a screenwriter for years, was president of the Film Club, used to listen to movie scores to fall asleep), I adored Keely and saw so much of myself in her. Okay, fine, that’s false—I saw so much of the cool, film-obsessed girl I wish I’d been in her. But still.
The banter was so perfect that I felt butterflies. This book is so infectiously delightful that I felt giddy, knowing how perfect Keely and Andrew were for each other. Also, for all the folks out there who are in love with Peter Kavinsky—you will LOVE Andrew. Lines like, “C’mon Collins, you wouldn’t date me?” made me want to smack him because I loved him so much. Andrew has that Peter K. confidence and teasing personality that is just so swoon worthy.
I never wanted this book to end. This was perfect and delightful and everything I wanted and needed in a story. I would like to personally buy every single human a copy for when they need some joy in their life. Cameron Lund has just become a new auto-buy author for me.
In sum, I love this book more than pizza.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has not impacted or influenced my opinions.