Monday, March 24, 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?

I wasn’t going to request this one, but then I saw someone on my Goodreads was reading it, and they said it was really good. I’m glad I went back and grabbed it because it was very cute. It was just right kind of book to follow up TFIOS. I needed something happy and Better Off Friends did just the trick.

The story starts off really early on when Macallan and Levi are just becoming friends. I loved that the author did this because you feel like you’ve known them forever. I did find that some parts were a little slow. I think I was just frustrated because it’s obvious that they should be together, but they are two thick headed to see it.

I’ve never been best friends with a guy. (Not counting my husband because we didn't start out that way) I’ve had a lot of close guy friends, but there probably isn’t one that I hadn’t caught feelings for at some point. I do think that Girls and Guys can be “Just Friends” It’s definitely possible, but likely? That’s questionable. I think growing up I always looked for a boyfriend who I could be best friends with, so catching feeling for me was inevitable. I was a hopeless homely romantic in my early years.

There I was, catching feelings. He ended up dating my best friend.  I had no game back then.

Macallan and Levi have a great friendship for much of the book. I loved the coming of age stuff too. The whole graduating up to high school stuff, that shit is scary. I remember shaking like a leaf when I entered my first year.

I loved reading from Levi’s point of view. He is a little whiny and insecure, and that was awesome. That’s how boys can be sometimes, and you don’t often see them portrayed that way.

Overall, I thought Better off Friends was an adorable read. If you’re looking for something light, that won’t make you think too hard, but leave you with a smile on your face… pick this one up. 

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:

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  1. aww. i really want to read the story. the title had me hook already, and upon reading this post it makes me want to read everything. the story is just too me *sigh* oh well.. maybe ill be able to read this story someday

    thank you for sharing this book, and your thoughts on it :)

    1. There is just never enough time to read all the books :/ lol. I hope you are able to get to it sometime because it's really cute!

  2. Oh gosh, April, your hair is amazing there... ;)

    I kind of want to read this, but I have a feeling they get together which, doesn't that defeat the title?? Mm. I'm curious. I WANT TO KNOW. On second thoughts, maybe I should read it... I feel like I'm going to need something light and fluffy soon, because The Bone Season is intense. *phewf*

    1. bhahaha, thanks.

      This was definitely a light fluffy read. It's always good to read those after intense books. :)

  3. The Book seems promising. I am a recent blogger, would you please check out my blog.

  4. great review.I thought this one looked cute too. Loved your picture.

  5. The story does sound cute, and I love the idea of realistic boy full of insecurities and less of a macho-in-training. Sometimes, fluff is just what the doctor 's ordered. :)

    1. For real!! sometimes I don't want to cry into my blankie! I just want a fluffy read! lol :)

  6. I thought it was cute, too, April, and I really enjoyed how Levi was portrayed, too. Great review! And I am dying over that picture...bahaha! You will never catch me sharing a picture from high school, though. :D

    1. I did look smokin back then, I'll admit. I was a regular fashionista with that Christmas bow in my hair. Maybe we should do a discussion post about Highschool. What we read and stuff, then you'd have to share a pic. At least one! lol

  7. I was debating should I request this one or not, and then I didn't. But now, I have seen a couple of really cute reviews, and I guess I'll just have to buy this one!

  8. I had tons of guy besties mostly because there weren't that many girls around. I only got crushes twice out of ever so many. And yes! A few were whiny types that make me crack up about the stereotypes about girls. I love the sound of this one. I look forward to reading it. Cute blast from the past picture, btw.

  9. Great review! This sounds so cute, can't wait to check it out! I'm a little torn between there being a cute romance and them just staying awesome platonic best friends, ha.
    As a kid, I definitely had lots of guy friends, but than less as I got older. I do have one really good guy friend tight now and we're totally platonic haha.

  10. I love that picture! Elizabeth Eulberg's books are always light, fun and thoughtful. Glad this one worked for you. I like that you say this guy was realistic in his portrayal, and that the story was sweet. I need to read this as a palate cleanser after a hard book.


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