Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Published by: Point
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
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 was so stinking cute! I knew I had to read it as soon as I saw it, and it did not disappoint.
This book takes us on a journey of friendship. The friendship between a boy and a girl. Levi and Macallan aren’t just friends though, they are best friends. I love the way the story is told. At the end of each chapter there is dialogue between an older Levi and Macallan where they briefly discuss what we just read. These two are so cute and funny together; their banter and quick-wit was a delight.
I absolutely adore Macallan! She’s funny and doesn’t put up with crap, especially when it comes to bullies. I really like how she sticks up for people and isn’t some wallflower. As much as Levi loved having Macallen as a best friend, he also wants to have guy friends and be popular. While there were a lot of fun times, there were also issues that had them questioning their friendship in both good and bad ways. I really like how they also grow as individuals, discovering what it is they want for themselves.
The book starts off when Levi and Macallan meet on the first day of 7th grade, so we get to experience how they became friends. I started to get a little worried after a couple of chapters because I didn’t know how long we were going to stay in the junior high years. As entertaining as it was, I didn’t want it to be a middle grade read. Thankfully the story spans years taking us through high school. There were a couple of parts in the beginning that felt a little drawn out, but that was the only time I felt any boredom. The rest of the book totally makes up for it though.
So all in all, I enjoyed Better Off Friends quite a bit. It’s adorable, I tell you!