Better Than People by Roan Parrish

"What if right now is magic and I can never repeat it?


Mariah Rose

2021-08-16 2 min read

Listen. I'm trying not to be too hard on 2020 Mariah, cuz she was going through a lot. BUT WHAT THE HELL WAS SHE SMOKINGGGG??????? (the answer is nothing, cuz drugs are wack.)

I was in a 2 star book slump, and I decided that the obvious remedy was a reread. Don't ask me why I thought of this book, since I clearly wasn't thrilled by it the first time (I suspect aliens were involved.) but here we are.

This was so much lovelier than I remembered. It felt like a case of the exact right book at the exact right time and that is always a wonderful, magical thing.

I enjoyed both characters and their stories so much more this time, and I can't explain why. They're the same people I remembered. they're story is still the same. I honestly don't know what to tell you.


"Better Than People" was the first RP book I ever read because I stumbled on it on NetGalley and thought it sounded interesting. Flash forward to 2021 when my world was irrevocably changed by The Remaking of Corbin Wale and I greatly enjoyed her Riven series, as well as Invitation to The Blues.
I cannot tell you the joy it brough me to see these stories cross.

My original review is below. I don't discount those observations, I'm just baffled at how my perception changed with time.

First read: 2.5 stars
Second read: 4 stars
Third read: 4.5 stars - I guess the rating will just keep going up every time I read it? lol this is officially one of my comfort book :')
Fourth read: 5 stars - I've read this four times cover to cover ffs

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley
2.5 A story about two animal lovers, thrown together by circumstance.
I was instantly infactuated with 'the pack', Jack's menagerie of rescues and their quirks.
However, even though I empathized with both Jack and Simon, I didn't feel like I was ever fully invested.

The romance was sweet and the connection was there, but it didn't completely take me away.

I did love Simon's grandmother though, and I feel like there was more of chance for development if we had met more of Simon's family.
My heart instantly went to Charlie though, and I feel like maybe he might get his own book? (I would read that in a heartbeat)

Overall, this was a short and sweet escape, with fluffy friends.
I did appreciate the portrayal of Simon's social anxiety, and how being on a relationship with Jack didn't instantly fix him, or even significantly improve his condition. Amen for that.