Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Format: ARC, 288 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Description from Goodreads:
For Macallan and Levi,
it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be
just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons
of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts
dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.
they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they
didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out
because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking
around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They
can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they
better off without making it even more complicated?
comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a
question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends?
Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss
away from true love?
I've read a couple of other book by Elizabeth Eulberg, and I highly enjoyed
them both. They both sort of stuck with me in a way, too--I now have an even
larger appreciation for the Beatles, and Take a Bow...I can actually
think of more than one here. But that was the first book with more than just
two POVs that I loved. And now we have Better Off Friends. I was all
kinds of excited from the moment I heard about this book, because it SOUNDED
cute. And you know what? It was. And it is also my new favorite
friends-to-more-than-friends YA book. And goodness knows I've read my fair
share of those.
The absolute first thing I love about this book is how completely adorable it
is. The story starts from where Levi and Macallan become friends, which was
fantastic. I liked being able to see their relationship from the very beginning
and how it grew throughout the years to the end of the story--from both of their POVs. And these
two...they are just so perfectly cute, I cannot even. I loved it.
I LOVED IT.
And then we have Macallan who I flipping adored. She was kind and sweet, but
then she had CLAWS, man. You try to bully anyone around that girl and you have
a slim chance of making it out the way you went it. I think that was awesome. A
great trait to have. She had her problems and bad days, and parts where I
wanted her to just NOT. But she still impressed me, and if she were an actual
human being on this earth, I'd totally be best friends with that chick.
Macallan's best friend is Levi. First of all, I
love the name Levi. So he already had that going for him. But beyond that, he
was a wonderful character. Elizabeth Eulberg wrote him super well--he WAS a
guy. Have you ever read a book where you could in no way believe that the
character that is SUPPOSED to be male sounds pretty....you know...FEMALE? That
is not an issue here. Levi is a total boy. A very nice, cute, lovable boy who I
would also be best friends with, no doubt about it.
As I said, we get to see the story of Levi and Macallan from the day they meet. I loved that. It was awesome to watch their story unfold from the very beginning, and to get to see such an ending that made me at least twelve levels of happy. I also liked how in between each chapter, there were little conversation breaks where Levi and Macallan talk about the events we just read. I liked that it gave the feel of the characters both actually going back and recollecting their little Story of Us and I LOVE that. LOVE IT.
Overall, Elizabeth Eulberg has written another book that has definitely been added to my favorites list. Better Off Friends is cute, funny, and everything I could ask for in a story of best friends blossoming into more. I am way more than excited to read whatever comes next from Elizabeth Eulberg (and hopefully catch up on those couple of titles that I haven't gotten my hands on yet)!