Saturday, April 26, 2014

Book Review: Better Off Friends

Title: Better Off Friends
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Publisher: Point
Rating: 5

Synopsis (via Goodreads): 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 book is automatically my new favorite from Elizabeth Eulberg. It causes me to squeal, it makes me happy, everybody who loves reading young adult and Elizabeth Eulberg needs to get their hands on a copy of Better Off Friends. Everybody. "Why did I fall in love with this book?" you might ask. The answer is simple: it is beyond relatable.

Macallan and Levi's story is not the typical cookie-cutter boy-next-door adventure. Instead, the two meet in 7th grade and become instant friends after discovering they are both addicted to the show, Buggy and Floyd, something Macallan's other friends could care less about. The friendship gets to the point where the two are inseparable, creating a few bumps along the road like any other relationship.

I loved Macallan, and boy, did I love Levi. Both characters were strong throughout the book and continued to grow chapter after chapter. Their personalities were never dull and the situations they got into made me smile. The best conversations were those between Macallan and Levi before every chapter. The added side dialog was fun, quirky, and something no writer has ever done before.

Personally, I really connected with this book because, like Macallan, I met my guy best friend in 7th grade. We were really close in middle school, but once freshman year started, things changed. We're still friends, but not as close as Macallan and Levi. I couldn't help but cheer on their friendship until the end of the book, kind of like how I won't stop buying the "real life Levi"  gummy bears for his birthday. Some things never change. (:

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