Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Better Off Friends

Title: Better Off Friends
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: February 25th 2014
Pages: 288
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 4 Starfish

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? -
Summary and cover image from Goodreads

I can't even begin to describe how much I loved this book! I thought the author handled the whole "boys and girls can be friends" thing very well.

I loved Macallan. She was very real and easy to relate to. She stood up for several people in the book, and had absolutely no problem speaking her mind! I just loved that! She was level-headed and smart. She would get irritated pretty easily, but I liked her fire.

Levi did a lot of stupid things in the book, but he had several redeeming moments that made me forgive him for his faults He has some problems fitting in and that's kind of his main goal throughout the story. He was a little wishy-washy, but I thought he was pretty relatable.

I don't normally like books with alternating points of view, but this felt different because it was set up like an interview. I LOVED the sections before each chapter where they would go back and forth. I thought the interview idea was genius!

Levi and Macallan's relationship was so nice and refreshing. I loved how they grew closer over time. They both complimented each other, and their witty conversations had me laughing the whole way through.

My absolute favorite thing about this book was how clean it was. Levi and Macallan didn't get involved with any drugs or alcohol. Their wasn't any sex stuff in the book. I was pleasantly surprised.

It's a short, easy read. So if you haven't read this book yet, then you need to go out and buy it as soon as you can!

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