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Review: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Better Off  FriendsTitle: Better Off Friends

Author: Elizabeth Eulberg

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 288 Pages

ISBN-10: 0545551455 (Point/Scholastic)

ISBN-13: 978-0545551458 (Point/Scholastic)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Eventually 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?

From romantic 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?

Quick & Dirty: Adorable book that was so much fun to read.  Better Off Friends had the perfect blend of romance, drama, and humor!

Opening Sentence: Guys and girls can be friends.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Macallan and Levi have been friends ever since they met in seventh grade. They instantly bonded over a shared love of an unknown TV series and have been pretty much inseparable ever since. Throughout the years they go through everything together and become like family to each other. Soon they realize that they are best friends and they never want things to change. But as they grow older things start to interfere with their undeniable bond and it becomes hard to stay so close.

They each start to date, but whenever one of them gets a girlfriend or boyfriend it’s hard to balance the time they spend with each other. They have to decide what’s more important, their friendship or their current relationship. They have always kept their relationship strictly platonic which has never been a problem until recently. They both start to realize that maybe they like each other more than friends, but will their friendship survive if they decide to be something more?

Macallan is a totally adorable girl that I instantly liked. Until she met Levi she was known as the sad girl that lost her mother in a tragic accident to everyone. That’s one of the reason’s she liked Levi so much right at the beginning, she could just be herself around him without having to bring up her past. Macallan is a strong girl that loves to cook. She’s not a very confrontational person, but when someone pushes her buttons she’s not afraid to speak her mind. She’s not perfect and at times she can act petty but she owns up to her mistakes. I thought that she was a wonderful character and I loved her.

Levi was done perfectly. He is a typical boy that worries about all the normal things a teenage boy does, but at the same time he is also a wonderful friend. He really cares about how he treats others and is just an all around nice guy. He values his relationship with Macallan and will do anything to make sure that she is always in his life. He has his jerk moments, but what person doesn’t. I think he felt like a very realistic character and I pretty much fell head over heels for him right away.

Better Off Friends was the perfect blend of humor, drama, and cute romance. I have always been a sucker for best friend romances and this one was no exception. This story was just pure fun and I honestly loved every minute of it. The pacing of the book was spot on. It takes place over a large period of time which I really enjoyed because I felt like I got to experience so much with the characters. I also loved that the book was told from a dual point of view between Levi and Macallan. Being inside both of their heads made you understand each character so much better. This was just one of those adorable stories that you can’t help but love. It is a super quick read and I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a fun romance book.

Notable Scene:

Yeah. Uh, me like meat.

Okay, you promised you’d never mention that. I had a blister, I

was just . . .

Excuses, excuses.

You’re the worst.

And you love me for it.

Yes, because I’m a total glutton for punishment. And one hundred

percent pure man.

Stop laughing.

Seriously, stop laughing.

Macallan, it’s not that funny.

FTC Advisory:  Point/Scholastic provided me with a copy of Better Off Friends.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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