Friday, February 28, 2014

Lucky - A Review of BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg

Synopsis from Goodreads
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 on Amazon

Better Off Friends on Barnes & Noble
Better Off Friends on Goodreads

About this Author
The short and sweet version:
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.

To check out the long version, head over to her webpage.

Happy reading!

My Thoughts...

This is not my first Elizabeth Eulberg book, but it is definitely my favorite so far.  There was such a sweetness about this book that just cannot be expressed with words.  

Mac and Levi's love grows from a simple friendship.  They have common interests and humor.  There is not real attraction at first, but instead you see a genuine affection for the other person. 

As Mac and Levi grow older they begin to date other people.  And while it causes some changes in their relationship, it's not until they are a few years older that they really figure out why.  I love the way that they respect each other and their friendship enough to not try to sabotage relationships.  They both make a concerted effort to befriend the significant other in each other's lives.

Mac & Levi both get a say in this book as it is told in alternating points of view.  In many other cases, this can get redundant, but not here.  The author really used this tool to her advantage and makes the story sweeter and more enjoyable for the reader.  I applaud her choice to present both sides of the story.

Each chapter starts out with a present day conversation between Mac and Levi that sometimes leaves you wondering whether or not they ever really end up together.  The best part of these conversations is that you can see that the friendship is still in tact and still just as strong.

This is a terrific example of YA sweetness.  I loved it.  5 out of 5 stars.

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