Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
Release Date: February 25th, 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? (from Goodreads)
Why I Picked this Book up:
It’s by Elizabeth Eulberg. That’s really all it takes- she is one of the authors that I will buy every new book they write. This one I actually got from NetGalley, but when I see it on the shelf I’ll buy the hard copy as well!
Love. The book starts right off with the two main characters reminiscing about their first meeting in 7th grade and I loved it.
When I was hooked:
A few pages in when Macallan first meets Levi. You know from the little bit in the start that they stick together, but your not sure what’s going to happen between that first meeting in 7th grade and the point at which they are able to look back and both remember the good and bad with humor.
“But in truth, home isn’t necessarily where you sleep at night. It’s where you feel like yourself. Where you’re most comfortable. Where you don’t have to pretend, where you can be just you.”
I loved it. As I knew I would. As noted Eulberg is one of my favorites and there is something about the way that she writes that flows effortlessly and you feel like you are right in the story. It’s really great. The other thing I like is that sometimes you have an authors who writes great books, but they are all similar and somewhat predictable. It takes an amazing author to keep it fresh. Eulberg stays in the firmly grounded in real life for her stories, and there is a tone that carries through all her work, but each story is completely it’s own, so I never feel like I already know what is going to happen.
Levi and Macallan are excellent characters who really come together at just the right moment, when they each need someone to lean on. As the book progresses you get to see how they come together, fall apart, and then find their way back home again. It would be easy to write it all off as fate, but in following their story, you really get to see how hard they work at it as well. I think anyone who remembers what Middle School and High School was like (or who is still living it) will find something familiar in Macallan and Levi and their years of friendship. Life is hard, it can beat you down, but along the way you find those people who were meant to be in your life. Middle school especially is the land of drama, and I liked to see a story that started there and carried forward through all the ups and downs that come with being a teenager.
On top of the story line itself, it was great to read a book set in good old Wisconsin. I married into the state (though we don’t live there) and I had fun picking up some of the references that went beyond location. From the diehard Packers fans (Go Pack Go!) to the fact that Levi’s last name is Rodgers, there were little nods all over the place. Although I have to admit, every time cheese curds came up I may have wrinkle my nose a bit. i love the place, but there are a few things this transplant still doesn’t quite get!
All in all, this was another great book from Eulberg and really, everyone should read it!
More About the Book
Release Date: February 25th, 2014
First off, go check out Sara’s review of Better off Friends! As we go forward we might have multiple reviewers posting on the same book, sometimes we’ll disagree, but in this case we both loved the book. Feel free to join in on the lovefest!
Elizabeth Eulberg’s Website