Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Early Review: Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Point
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Twitter | Goodreads | Website

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?

It's being called the When Harry Met Sally for young adults, so right off the bat, I wanted it.
I mean, is there anyone out there who didn't love that movie?!
But this book isn't some rip-off retelling of the movie, so don't worry. No, it's just a really good book about two kids who meet in seventh grade, and how they form an unlikely friendship over the years.

Anybody who has ever had a really close friendship with someone of the opposite sex, knows that there are some awkward questions that you're forced to answer about the nature of your relationship. Over and over and over again. No matter how platonic it is.
But what if the two of you over time start to feel less than platonic?
Aren't the best romantic relationships build on strong friendships?
Of course they are. Lust rocks, but real love is the shit that The Long Haul is made out of.
But finding a BFF that makes your knees go wobbly isn't always easy.
Or maybe recognizing that person for what they are is the hard part?
And that's the gist of Better off Friends.

The story follows Macallan and Levi from their first encounter in middle school, to their last year of high school. The grow close, grow up, grow apart, and grow back together again. The cycles of their relationship are funny, sad, and heartwarming.
By the end of it, I wanted to go back to high school and relive all of those bittersweet memories, too.
No, not really! You couldn't pay me enough to go through all that angsty shit again!
Sorry, kids. These are most definitely NOT the best years of your life.
So. Don't kill yourself, or anything stupid like that. It gets better.

At any rate, this is the perfect kind of book to curl up on the couch with. It's sweet, cute, and it leaves you with a smile on your face.


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