Book: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
Date Published: February 25th, 2014
Source: Netgalley e-ARC
Date Started: March 1st, 2014
Date Finished: March 2nd, 2014
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?
Hey Guys! So I thought it would be nice to do a recently published book, and a contemporary one at that! I needed a good feel good story, and Better Off Friends was the perfect book to do the job.
Better Off Friends is about two teenagers, Macallan and Levi. Macallan had lost her mother to a horrible accident. Levi had just moved to Wisconsin from California. At first, Macallan couldn’t wait to get away from Levi. But in one pivotal moment, they became instant best friends. The story is told from the time when they are 13 to about 17. Everyone assumed they would end up together as a couple, but they individually thought that being friends was better off even though their hearts were telling them otherwise.
As you can see, I finished this book in one day. The comedic witty banter was so amusing in this book. Its the kind of joking around that you can only have with someone that you are completely comfortable with, which others would take as flirting. I have been reading books with make or break complicated relationships that usually resulted from a love triangle. Macallan and Levi were always in some sort of love triangle, because their timing was always off, but you just always knew that they were meant to be together. It was just one of those books where you knew what the ending would ultimately be, but it was worth reading because the journey to getting to that point was just so much more interesting.
As for the characters themselves, I loved Macallan. I really could relate to her on a personal level. Always striving for academic success, dealing with a lost parent, etc. Even if some of these things don’t apply to you, both Macallan and Levi had such indepth personalities, that I believe that there is at least one thing between both characters that is relatable to the reader. When I was reading the book, I felt so frustrated with Levi, just like Macallan did. This is what I think made Eulberg’s writing genius. She has the ability to make you feel the emotions that the characters are feeling. For example, I was irritated with Levi for having this attitude that he needed to be a macho man. Which made me realize, that teenagers have these feelings and others get annoyed with these kinds of feelings. Eulberg was able to capture the mindset of teenagers in this book, and had me reminiscing to memories of my own highschool experiences.
The one issue that I had while reading this book was the fact that, at first, I couldn’t see the growth in age for the characters. At their youngest part in the book, I felt as though they were reading as though they were older teenagers or even adults. But by the end, I felt more of the growth in age, in maturity, etc. I was completely satisfied with the ending, and it felt perfect to me. Even though I knew what was ultimately coming, I was still anxious to get to the end.
Even though the ending seems to be a bit predictable, I don’t want you walking away thinking that getting to the end of a book is all that matters. Sometimes the journey to that destination is the most important part. There was so much more going on during the beefy part of this book, and I definitely think it was worth reading.
I recommend this book to anyone whose ever had a teenage relationship really. Whose had that one friend that has always been there for you, through thick and thin, and you realize that maybe they were the ones for you in the end.