Lauren Morrill

Better Than
the Best Plan

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?

Lauren Morrill

Lauren Morrill is the author of five YA novels. NPR called her latest novel, Better Than the Best Plan, “a perfect summer read.” Active on social media, Mashable called her “one of those rare authors who tweets more about others’ books than her own.” Her publicist would like her to tweet a little bit more about her own books. She’s working on it. Lauren grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, graduated with two degrees from Indiana University, spent four years playing roller derby in Boston, and now lives in Macon, Georgia with her husband and two sons.

Website: https://laurenmorrill.com/

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