Author: Elizabeth Eulberg

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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.

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Review: Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg (SBB Tour)

March 28, 2012 ARC Tour, Review 2 ★★★★★

Review: Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg (SBB Tour)Release Date: April 1, 2012
Title: Take a Bow
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Pages: 288
Publisher: Point
Source: ARC Tour
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: From the fantastic author of The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom & Prejudice comes a story of all the drama and comedy of four friends who grow into themselves at a performing arts high school.

Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts school, getting ready for their Senior Showcase recital, where the pressure is on to appeal to colleges, dance academies, and professionals in show business. For Sophie, a singer, it's been great to be friends with Emme, who composes songs for her, and to date Carter, soap opera heartthrob who gets plenty of press coverage. Emme and Ethan have been in a band together through all four years of school, but wonder if they could be more than just friends and bandmates. Carter has been acting since he was a baby, and isn't sure how to admit that he'd rather paint than perform. The Senior Showcase is going to make or break each of the four, in a funny, touching, spectacular finale that only Elizabeth Eulberg could perform.
5 Stars

Center Stage. Save the Last Dance. Camp. Fame. Step Up. High School Musical…and 2…and 3…

You name the performing arts movie, and I’ve seen it – and loved it.

The only negative thing I have to say about this novel is that I couldn’t actually experience the music and the art depicted.

I loved the story. I loved the characters. Well, let me rephrase that. I loved the way the characters were written. Rotten Sophie made me want to climb into the pages and slap her silly.  Though the story was told from 4 different POVs, I still feel as if I were able to get to know the supporting characters as well. They weren’t just written as an aside – they were all integral to the tone and feel of the story.

It’s a different sort of book than I usually read – I’m typically all about the paranormal and urban fantasy, but this is one Contemporary YA that I could not put down.

Emme is by far my favorite character – though in truth, I think she’s meant to be.  Ethan made me cringe with his shenanigans, but my heart went out to him. Carter’s self-reflection made me want to jump for joy. And Sophie. Well let me compare her to the biggest villain I’ve read all year. If you’ve ever read Beth Revis’ Across the Universe, you’ll understand how much I revile Eldest. My disgust with Sophie rivals that of Eldest.

And I think that’s one reason I enjoyed this book so much. It didn’t follow the formula that we’re used to seeing. Usually there’s a main character and the antagonist is someone that we only see from the main character’s perspective. Not so with this book – Eulberg thrusts us into Sophie’s head just as often as Emme’s.

I love it.

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