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