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 Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Published: February 25th 2014
Publisher: Point
Categories: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
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Summary: 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?

Review: This is my very first Elizabeth Eulberg’s book and I’m quite happy to say that I enjoyed it. I heard about her others books Prom & Prejudice and The Lonely Hearts Club (I think my sister adored one of these books, I’m not sure which one), and although the premise sounds cute and fluffy, it didn’t appeal to me. Better off Friends’ story about two best friends and will become lovers had me by hook and crook with the theme alone. I’ve always been a huge fan of this kind of story. I loved when the relationship started as friends.

So there you go, our two main characters were best of friends. They were initially bonded through a ‘common’ interest on a TV show called Buggy and Floyd (I love it when I share fandom with someone so I totally get them). Their relationship remained platonic even though people surrounded them thought otherwise. But things started to change; Macallan found herself getting jealous of the girls with Levi. While Levi was starting to see her in different light. And as one of my favorite songs in Beauty & the Beast’s: there may be something there that wasn’t there before (or there was really something there that they didn’t notice before).

This is a very charming read. Although I do find everything pretty predictable but removing that fact, you will like Levi and Macallan’s cute story. I had a guy best friend (which is to say is completely and 100% platonic—I’m sure). It just my classmates thought we were more than that. I mean, he was my best friend, of course we were always together. And he knew things about me and so I am with him. So I do understand Macallan and Levi’s situation in some way. But unlike us, there was definitely something more on them. Heck, almost all the people knew about it but they were too hanged up on their issues to notice (deny even).

It wasn’t a smooth sailing transition between Levi and Macallan. There were certainly good moments between them but like all relationships they also fought, they argued, there were lots disagreements between them. I even thought at one time, and while they do have obvious romantic feelings for each other, maybe it’s not enough and they should remain friends. But at last, Levi grew a pair; but poor Stacey but at least she was cool with it. She expected it to happen, so I really liked there wasn’t big ruckus between them.

It’s cute and while I did enjoy it, I still find things inadequate and sometimes silly. But I guess that’s part of their charm. All it matter is that I was really smiling at the end. When they finally now together and admitted the stupid mistakes they did. But I really think they need to experience that so they can sort their issues out before starting anew.

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Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “You and I both know I’ve been an idiot these last few months. All along I thought that what I wanted out of my high school life was to be with the guys, to have a girlfriend, to be on a team. But even when I had those things, I  didn’t feel complete. And that’s because I’m not complete without you.” — Levi (from Uncorrected Galley Proof)

2014 / 02 / 23

4 Responses to Review: Better off Friends

  1. Annie says:

    I’m happy you liked this! I always reach for one of Eulberg’s novels whenever I need a cheering up. They’re light and fast and just so, so sweet. I like the idea of a guy and a girl just being friends and I like that this book explores that but sometimes, I just wish that books could have a guy and girl be best friends without any hinting at whether or not they’re secretly in love with each other. Like you, I have a guy friend too. There aren’t any rumors about us dating or whatever (thank goodness!) but I definitely get how guys and girls can have a platonic relationship and I just wish that would be something we see more often in YA.

    And oy, that quote you included from Levi. My heart!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It was a very nice book, I haven’t read anything by the author so I was surprised how charming it was. I liked the transition of them from being friends to more, although it still has some more room to develop, I still found it ok and really nice. Thanks Annie. :)

  2. I have the same like you. A best friend, but a lot of people used to think there was more. About a month ago even a teacher asked us if there was more between us.. Because of course, guys & girls can’t be friends without feelings right?.. This book sounds adorable though! Haha, sorry for the ramble, but it frustrates me sometimes.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I hate this preconceived idea that it’s impossible for a girl to have a close guy friend. People, it is possible to have a completely platonic relationship between a boy and a girl. It was frustrating when people teased us bcos I’m so sure that I don’t have any romantic feelings for him and vice versa. Don’t worry Mel, I understand. ;)

      It’s nice book, love how it tackles the ups and down of the relationship of the two leads. It was really adorable. :3

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