Better Off Friends
by Elizabeth Eulberg
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?
Better Off Friends was just the fun summer read I was looking for. It had the perfect balance of comedy, drama, and nerdy fun.
Cait from Paper Fury would appreciate the abundance of food. Macallan was always baking and her friends were always eating, the combination was perfect. Macallan and all of her friends were realistic and light hearted and their families were actually in the picture! It was amazing, all of them were well developed and realistic. They actually seemed like real teens with real teen drama and problems, interests, and lives. Which made it a lot easier to connect with and relate to them. I loved every single one of the characters even the antagonists because they were so well done and nothing was black and white like it often is in fiction, intentions and actions get jumbled sometimes and not everything is as clear cut as it appears in media and this book’s characters reflected that.
I loved the way the book was formatted. To me, the way it was written and formatted is what made it as good as it was. Between the chapters that alternated POV, there were inserts with conversation between Macallan and Levi talking about what you just read in the last chapter. It was cool to read their thoughts looking back on their past and hearing and seeing all that how the other had at the time. It also added a lot of humor to the book and even had me chuckling (out loud!) at times.
The plot was well done, not too cheesy and dramatic, not too predictable. It was complex but not convoluted and flowed along beautifully.
Last Words: This book is as good as romantic comedy gets. It was a blast to read and perfectly satisfied my summer craving for something sweet and funny. It was surprisingly touching and actually had some pretty deep themes for being the fun and relatively short book it was. Heartwarming, and funny, with just the right amount of awkward, Better Off Friends is the perfect YA read for romance snobs and grudging fans alike. So go on now, read it! You never know you might just love it.
I give it 4.5 stars out of 5.