Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
February 25, 2014
Hardcover, 288 pgs.
What it’s about:
Everyone says guys and girls can’t just be friends, but Macallan and Levi are out to prove them wrong. Macallan was still reeling from tragedy and Levi was the new kid at school when they were thrust together as seventh graders. Their friendship was solidified upon discovering a common love of an obscure British TV show. Their bond was solid. And platonic. Until things changed. What follows is a series of missed connections and misunderstandings that could potentially ruin everything.
Why you might like it:
Are you looking for a contemporary novel that is sweet without being all fluff? Do you love witty banter and clever banter? Are you the underdog’s #1 fan? Do you enjoy alternating points of view? Then this one is for you! Levi and Macallan are both strong characters with unique voices. Their friendship is hilarious and powerful, but the problems they face and boy/girl besties are completely realistic. I also enjoyed the subtle treatment of issues such as grief and loss, family, loyalty, and developmental disabilities. The entire time I was reading this I couldn’t decide if I was rooting for them to remain just friends or if I wanted them to eventually become a couple! Want to know what they decide? Read the book! It’s a wonderful change of pace from all the swoony, bad boy love interest.
Want more like this?
You might also enjoy The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, The Future of Us by Jay Asher, and Heist Society by Ally Carter. You’ll probably also want to check out Elizabeth Eulberg’s other books. I have read and enjoyed The Lonely Hearts Club and The Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality.