In Review: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Posted February 15, 2014 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 5 Comments

In Review: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth EulbergBetter Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: eARC, 288 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

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?

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in review my thoughts

Better Off Friends was a wonderfully charming, light and fluffy new adult contemporary read. It was the first of Elizabeth Eulberg’s novels that I’ve read, but it definitely won’t be the last.

Macallan and Levi were great characters. They had a strong friendship and were insistent it was nothing more, despite what everyone around them seemed to think. It was hard for people to swallow that though, because they were so close. This book follows them through their first meeting at eleven and through their teenage years as feelings start to get confusing and things get complicated. But, through it all the story was upbeat and sweet – and thankfully not too angsty. Sure there was drama. There were plenty of bumps along the way as they navigated their way through relationships with new people and tried to figure out how to maintain their friendship while not alienating the other’s partner, all the while fighting the feelings that were starting to develop for each other.

Better Off Friends had humor and heart and I loved every minute of it. It was easy to get caught up in all the feelings in the book. I won’t tell you how it ends because honestly, I would have been fine with whatever ending occurred. Had they gotten together, I would have cheered them because the best relationships start as friendships. If they stayed friends, I would have been thrilled because boys and girls, in fact, can be just friends. There was no way to lose with this one, as long as Macallan and Levi stayed close.

One of my favorite things about this book was the cutaway “interview” scenes with Macallan and Levi. Their interaction and dialogue left me with a huge goofy grin on my face. I thought this was a very unique way to showcase their friendship and the chemistry between them. This book is told from both Macallan and Levi’s POV, so readers get a good look at what’s going on with each character, through their own eyes and thoughts. It was all very well executed.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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About Elizabeth Eulberg

Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to college at Syracuse University and making a career in the New York City book biz. Now a full-time writer, she is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, and We Can Work it Out. She lives outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick.

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