I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Point on February 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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?
It’s official, after finishing Better Off Friends I am now an Elizabeth Eulberg fangirl. I want to shout from the rooftops and gush to anybody that comes near me how good this book is. The best way to describe Better Off Friends is that it is like a teen version of When Harry Met Sally. The book starts when the main characters are just kids in middle school. Macallan’s mom has recently passed away and Levi is the new kid in school and both of them are in need of someone to lean on. The book follows them through middle school and most of high school. It follows them through friendships with others and even as they date other people.
What made me fall in love with this book? The emotion and connection between Levi and Macallan. Better Off Friends sucked me right in and wouldn’t let go. I started it in the morning, went to work and had to stay up late to finish it. My heart would break for Levi and Macallan, and then my heart was soaring through the sky as I cheered for them. My favorite aspect to this book was that it was from both Levi and Macallan’s points of view. It felt like they were actually telling the story in an interview.
Go read Better Off Friends if you are looking for a good romantic comedy. This book was like falling in love again with one of my favorite movies. I think that Rob Reiner would be proud, for those too young to know, he is the director of When Harry Met Sally. I cannot stress how fabulous this book is. It is filled with so many good emotions. The writing and the story are both fabulous. If you are looking for a quick, funny, heart breaking, romantic, and sometimes poignant read about coming of age and how to keep your best friend, then read this book. I cannot recommend Better Off Friends enough.