Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg – Review

April 9, 2014 Review 3 ★★★★

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg – ReviewRelease Date: February 25, 2014
Title: Better Off Friends
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Pages: 288
Publisher: Point
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: WHEN HARRY MET SALLY . . . for teens, from romantic comedy star Elizabeth Eulberg.

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?
4 Stars

*Spoilers Below*

I have to admit, I’m a bit torn about this book.

I enjoyed the story. And the characters. I always do when it’s by Elizabeth Eulberg. She writes Contemporary YA like nobody’s business.

But this book was one of those cases where I went in expecting one thing and ended up getting something completely different.

The book is called Better Off Friends. But the moral of the story is not that Macellan and Levi are better off friends. It’s that all along they were perfect for one another and they just couldn’t see it because of their friendship.

As a romance, it’s a fantastic book. But I was expecting a story about how a guy and girl can be best friends and love each other in a non-romantic way. That’s why it lost a star. We need more books that focus on friendship rather than romantic entanglements.

But I promise you this: you will fall in love with Macellan and Levi. We get to know each of them pretty intimately because the story is told in dual POV. At times I wanted to smack both of them. But in the end, I was feeling so giddy and freaking happy at the turn of events that the rest was simply the story that needed to be told to get to HEA.

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  • Paper RiotI adore everything about this book, especially how close these two characters become. While it does seem a bit far-fetched that two kids in junior high could be as mature as Levi and Macallan are in Better off Friends, Eulberg writes the story and the dialogue in such a way that it doesn’t seem awkward or forced.
  • Readers in WonderlandBETTER OFF FRIENDS was not the novel I was expecting based off the synopsis, but it was still a good book. If you are a fan of contemporary YA, you will find yourself enjoying this one easily.
  • CuddlebuggerySo basically, I don’t know why you’re wasting your time not reading this book. Because I really, really want to discuss it with anyone and everyone right meow.

3 Responses to “Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg – Review”

  1. Kelsey

    Aww I was hoping they would just stay friends, but at least now that I know what to expect I think I can still have fun and enjoy this book at some point 🙂

    • Mandi Kaye

      I was hoping for that so much! But it was still really good. They did have a great friendship (most of the time).

  2. Alise

    Thanks for linking up to my review! 🙂

    I thought the same exact thing about this one, it was really disappointing when it didn’t go with my expectations or what I thought would be the moral, like you said.

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