Tue, February 25, 2014

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg Review

Better Off Friends book cover

Better Off Friends book cover

Better Off Friends
By Elizabeth Eulberg
Publication date: Feb. 25, 2014
Point, 288 pages
Source: Publisher

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?

— Goodreads.com description

Okay, Levi and Macallan are pretty adorable.

They’re best friends — the type that speaks in their own language and pretty much annoys the crap out of every else around them. But, because they are a guy and a girl, everyone wants to know: When are you two gonna get together?

And it’s cute watching these two grow up from junior high and into high school, to see their friendship evolve and their feelings for one another grow. You can’t help but root for these two kids to just make out already!

It’s short and sweet and the writing reflects that. I found myself wishing for some more depth in Levi’s point-of-view sections and a little more complexity and more of an emotional twinge in the writing…but that being said, I really wanted to pick up the book again whenever I put it down. So it pulled me in regardless.

I’d recommend this one for the younger YA crowd and anyone looking for a simple, sweet story.

Bonus factor: WISCONSIN. Loved the bubbler, fish fry, Culver’s and fried cheese curd references, as a Born in Wisconsin Girl myself! Mmmm cheese curds…

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Elin said:

    This sounds like a very good and sweet story, can not wait till I get time to read this book. Love the cover, so beautiful and sweet 🙂 like your review, you’re good at writing review 🙂

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    Anna Reply:

    I like the cover, too — makes me want to go swinging. I can’t remember the last time I did that!

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    Anna Reply:

    And eeek thank you so much for saying that!

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  2. Tara said:

    I just got this in the mail yesterday yay!

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    Anna Reply:

    Report back, k?

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  3. Allie @ Little Birdie said:

    I love when authors include food references for the location! Sarah Dessen does that a lot and I think it’s adorable; it really draws you into the world . . . and, well, makes me SUPER hungry

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    Anna Reply:

    I am hungry just thinking about it…yum yum yum

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  4. alice-jane said:

    I’ve been wanting to read Better off Friends for a while now. It sounds like such a cute read, especially since it’s the story of two really great friends. It’s perfect for the still-cold weather.

    I’d probably agree with you needing more of an “oomph” to the story but I think it’ll love it nonetheless.

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    Anna Reply:

    Hope you enjoy it — happy reading!

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  5. TheNerdyJournalist said:

    This will be perfect for those days when I just want to enjoy a sweet, fluffy read that makes me go “awwww” every few pages.
    I love the whole best friends to lovers element in books because it builds a stable foundation. The characters know every little detail about each other, and they love each other for those things.

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    Anna Reply:

    “The characters know every little detail about each other, and they love each other for those things.” This exactly!!!

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  6. Lakin said:

    I’ve been wanting to read Better off Friends for a while, it sounds so sweet. I love reading about friendships that slowly blossom into relationships.

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    Anna Reply:

    Another thing I liked about it, that you just reminded me of — like I said, it’s a book that starts when the main characters are younger and follows them as they grow up through high school. I feel like the writing and the emotions involved are a bit subdued, which I think is really appropriate for that age group. Does that make any sense? Like, you’re not as OMG EMO I FEEL SO MUCH when you are barely 12, and the book matches that in vibe.

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  7. Tiffany said:

    This sounds absolutely adorable! I cannot wait to read it!

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    Anna Reply:

    🙂

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  8. Jamie said:

    YAY I’m glad you liked this one. I have it on my shelves…it sounds so cute plus I always love that exploration of girls/guys being close friends because I was always that girl with close guy friends!

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    Anna Reply:

    Read it! Read it!

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  9. Sue Holmes said:

    This looks good. I think it will be popular in our high school library!

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    Anna Reply:

    I think so too!

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  10. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    But do they just stay friends?? haha You know I need kissing in my books!

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    Anna Reply:

    Um, you know I wouldn’t like it if there were ZERO kissing. There’s not a ton, though — the book starts with them in early junior high and goes over time so you know…

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  11. Sash + Em said:

    I need to visit this Wisconsin place..I’ve heard they have good cheese (to go with my wine). 😉

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    Anna Reply:

    COME ON OVER, we can go up to the lake for the summer and read and booze and soak up the sun!

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  12. Alexa S. said:

    I’m seriously looking forward to reading BETTER OFF FRIENDS. The question this book poses – whether a guy and a girl can be just friends – is one that I find very interesting. I’m really glad that you found this one cute!

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    Anna Reply:

    It is extremely interesting — a tricky topic, for sure, and it was a very sweet take on it!

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  13. Review: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg | wrapped up in books said:

    […] Anna Reads: “It’s short and sweet and the writing reflects that. I found myself wishing for some more depth in Levi’s point-of-view sections and a little more complexity and more of an emotional twinge in the writing…but that being said, I really wanted to pick up the book again whenever I put it down. So it pulled me in regardless.” […]

    Posted on: Tue, February 25, 2014

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