Review: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Better Off Friends
Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
Published on February 25, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance
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I read this as an ebook on my Kindle Paperwhite.

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?

There has been no buzz about a movie adaptation being made.

“I loved it when she laughed.  She had two kinds of laughter: One was a normal chuckle, while the other was this boisterous, head-flailing-back laughter.  If I had only one goal in life, it would be to make her laugh loudly everyday.  And that day, my mission had been accomplished.” Location 876, ebook

There was nothing particularly revolutionary about the complications of a boy and a girl who are best friends.  In fact, film, literature, and TV had been inundated with this theme for decades now.  (Love & BasketballMade of Honor, 13 Going on 30, etc.)  So why pick up a book that was probably the same as the rest?

For me it was the blurb.  It asked me questions I wanted answers to.  It asked questions I knew my answers to, but I wanted justification that I was right.

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?

And I liked Elizabeth Eulberg’s answers.

I’ve already admitted here that I’m a hopeless romantic.  But have I mentioned my real niche in romance?  Best friend romance stories.  Ahh, do not get me started on how much I obsessed over Dawson’s Creek as a kid.  (Although after season 2, I was definitely Team Pacey.)

So of course I had to read this book!  I started Better Off Friends on a whim.  I had it sitting in my Kindle for a while now but I found myself opening the ebook while waiting for my friends to get ready Saturday evening for a dinner.  Before I knew it, an hour passed and I was pleasantly enjoying myself.  I even forgot that I was starving and my friends were still not ready!  After a few drinks and a hearty meal, I laid on my bed, exhausted but still wanting to read.  3:30 AM, I finished and I was satisfied.

Elizabeth Eulberg was brilliant in deciding to begin her story in middle school.  Because middle school was where it was at, man.  It was where you could still be who you were without the pressures of social status that high school seemed to be all about.  Starting in middle school just made the story THAT much cuter.  Because this book was simply adorable.  Every word exuded innocence.  And Macallan and Lev were the perfect embodiment of that innocence.  They were both naive–but they were entitled to be because they were young and so very lacked life experience.

Better Off Friends was simplistic in nature and although I enjoyed it, I wouldn’t necessary rave about it.  Thus the 3-star rating.  If this book was a road, it would be one without any sharp turns or hidden driveways.  It was safe.  And although “safe” was generally good, sometimes, you can’t help but miss the thrill.

Overall, Better Off Friends was a feel-good book.  If you were stuck in an airport because of weather delays and had this book in your Kindle, I would suggest picking it up–before you knew it, it would be time to board.

Did this book remind you of a Young Adult-esque When Harry Met Sally?  Because if so, then you hit that right on the nose!  Better Off Friends was actually inspired by the Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan classic.

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