YA Review of Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

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Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Age Range: 12 and up
 
Grade Level: 7 and up
 
Hardcover: 288 pages
 
Publisher: Point (February 25, 2014)

Genre: Contemporary/romance/friendship

Series: None

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY . . . for teens, from romantic comedy star Elizabeth Eulberg.

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?

Find the Book:

About the Author:

  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, and the upcoming Better Off Friends. She lives
outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one
drumstick.

My Thoughts:

What a sweet book! I loved every second of it. Levi and Macallan have a
wonderful chemistry throughout the story. They banter, bicker, and harass
each other. They support each other and help each other, but they’re
just friends—best friends.

The thing I liked about this book is that for the first half, I had no
idea how things were going to turn out between Levi and Macallan. It wasn’t a
So Obvious It’s Painful type of book where I could see the plot from
the first paragraph. These characters had depth and felt real. I loved
reading about them.

Added bonus: the book is clean. There needs to be more books like this.
It’s well written, engaging, and nearly squeaky clean. There were 2
curse words that I remember and a smidgen of suggestive content, but for
a young adult book, it was as clean as they come. It’s not often that I
find a contemporary book that is addicting and clean.

Highly recommended!

Content: clean

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 STARS

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