Better Than the Best Plan

Better Than the Best Plan

by Lauren Morrill

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?

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About the Author

About Lauren Morrill

Lauren Morrill is the author of four other young adult novels. A graduate of Indiana University, she has worked as a cashier at Target; a khaki-folder and greeter at the Gap; a balloon-animal-making, face-painting clown; a receptionist at a real estate agency; and a curatorial assistant at the world’s largest children’s museum. She has also held many jobs in higher education, from admissions to residence life and back again. She is now proud to call herself an Author—with a capital A. Lauren lives in Macon, Georgia, with her husband, Adam (a journalism professor), and their two sons. laurenmorrill.com