Title: Better Off Friends
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Format and source: Hardcover, Purchased from Maxon & Pepper
Buy it here: Amazon
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?
If there’s anything I’m a sucker for, it’s stories about best friends falling in love!
Levi and Macallan were such well formed characters that it was a joy to watch them develop throughout the whole story. I liked that the author started with them as young adolescents and eventually, they grew into the present day teenagers that you are with for most of the story. It gives the reader a different spin on childhood love and how beautiful it can be once it blossoms to into true love. Sometimes both the characters could be annoying but that can expected as they matured and wanted different things rather than being attached at the hip when they were younger.
I liked that most of the plot was rough waters as soon as Levi and Macallan grew older and decided they wanted to pursue things separate from each other and even started dating other people. Elizabeth Eulberg painted a very realistic picture of how difficult it is to keep a friendship with someone who just doesn’t have the time or interest to love the same things you do. More often than not, we are thrown into a book too fluffy to even be real but this was fluff with some truth in it. Eventually Levi and Macallan find themselves back to each other after realizing that at the end of the day even if they have friends outside of just the two of them and each have talents and hobbies of their own, they’ll always be there for each other.
With all the contemporary books I read, most of them start to sound like each other and when a great book comes along, I really appreciate how it stands out from the rest. I’ve wanted to pick up Better Off Friends for a long time now but I’ve always been hesitant but I’m glad I finally gave it a chance. Levi and Macallan’s story was so sweet and simple but it warmed my insides. Give this book a shot and trust me, you won’t be disappointed! Save it for a rainy day and even in that gloomy weather, you’ll find yourself smiling.