Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Title: Better Off Friends
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Series: stand-alone
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Source: received from publisher via Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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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?


Better Off Friends is actually my first time reading an Elizabeth Eulberg novel. It won't be my last. If all of her other novels are this cute and sweet and genuine -- and from what I hear, I can only assume they are -- I'll be saving them for my next rainy day. Better Off Friends is light and fluffy and the perfect mood picker-upper.

As the title suggests, this is a best friends romance. Or is it? The story focuses on Macallan and Levi who became best friends in the seventh grade when he moved to Wisconsin from California. It was a big adjustment for Levi, but although hesitant at first -- mostly because she was still dealing with the grief from her mother's recent passing -- Macallan decides to befriend the cute surfer boy with long hair. It's over a shared love of a fictional British comedy called Buggy and Floyd -- which sounds vaguely like The Odd Couple -- that they really become friends.

Trouble is, everyone questions how a boy and girl can maintain a platonic relationship. Everyone always assumes that Macallan and Levi are a couple. They do everything together and they unintentionally get in each other's way when it comes to romantic relationships. But it's not until they're older and in high school that they start to question what everyone else already sees:  that maybe there is more between them than just friendship.

I was honestly torn on how I wanted this story to end. I mean, on the one hand, I love a best friends romance. Who knows you better than your best friend?  They know how to piss you off, how to make it up to you when they've pissed you off, all your little pet peeves, the annoying things you do...everything. But because of those things, you don't want to risk losing your best friend, either, if you can't make it work out as more than friends. Also, I kind of wanted Macallen and Levi to prove to everyone that it was possible to be just friends.

I really like the way this story unfolded, too. It's told from both perspectives, but it starts back in 7th grade when the pair first met and then works its way to the present. I really enjoyed seeing their friendship progress over the years, seeing what obstacles and drama they had to overcome and how it changed their relationship. It was also kind of adorable the way they were essentially retelling the story of their friendship, and there were these cute snippets of banter between the two preceding each chapter, mostly rehashing what had just happened in the previous chapter and reflecting on how it could have all been different. Pretty cute stuff.

Like I said, I'll definitely be picking up more titles from this author. In fact, I believe I already have Take a Bow and Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality on my shelves, so I'm ready for the next time I need a bit of a mood enhancer in the form of a cute, fluffy read. If you're looking for a fun read full of heart, look no further.

GIF it to me straight:


The Lonely Hearts ClubProm and PrejudiceTake a BowRevenge of the Girl with the Great PersonalityBetter off Friends

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

Find Elizabeth:

WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads


10 comments:

  1. I adored this book! It was exactly what I was hoping it was. I'm also looking forward to reading more books by Elizabeth and hope this gets released on audiobook :)

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  2. I'm curious about the title though. I'm a fan of HEA and the title suggests that it's not going to the HEA where they will walk out into the sunset hand in hand. Great review!

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  3. Great review. Been curious about this book so maybe i'll pick it up now.

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  4. Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, too. I've read all of her books, and this one was definitely my favorite. I was really torn on how I wanted this to end, as well. On one hand--so cute, but on the other I did kind of want for them to just show that of course it's possible for friends to just be friends! I was completely happy with the author's decision. Great review!

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  5. Aw, I kind of want this now! I'm not a huge fan of the "Light and Fluffy" but I don't mind it occasionally (I like it when I've just read something really heavy and I need a break...lol) XD I'm torn with which way I'd want the story to go, as well. I don't think I've ever read a book where the characters stayed "Just friends". I'm reading Unravel Me right now, and I'm pretty impressed that Kenji isn't becoming a love interest! Yay! Something different! (Although, I'm only halfway through, so we'll see. ;)

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  6. Glad to see a review of this book out! I was looking through the catalogs last night and saw this. It definitely peaked my interest, especially since it is Elizabeth Eulberg (she is really nice in person) I love that you said this is the perfect mood picker upper. I need that on my shelves!

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  7. This!!!

    "Also, I kind of wanted Macallen and Levi to prove to everyone that it was possible to be just friends."

    I kinda wanted that too, but I went into it knowing how it would probably end up. lol. I just finished reading this one today. It was super cute.

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