Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Macallan and Levi are best friends. No, really, just friends. They share a love for an obscure British TV show and they just seem to get each other. They date other people, content with the knowledge that even if relationships come and go, they’ll still have each other and that’s enough. Until, one day, that’s not enough for one of them anymore. But is it mutual? Will pushing for something more ruin their friendship? Or are they better off friends?51nzlls2oXL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

There were several things that I liked about this book. I liked Macallan a lot. She didn’t seem as fragile as other female leads that I’ve read. She’s strong and stubborn and sure of herself. She’s gone through a lot since her mom died, but she’s making her way through life all the same. I liked Levi too, but at times I questioned his authenticity. He was a great guy, but sometimes he seemed a little too…girly. Too emotional and too understanding of Macallan’s emotions. There were times when it felt like the author tried to toughen him up by having him date a few girls or hang out with the guys, but to me he always felt like one of the girls who just happened to be a boy.

Overall, I liked their romance (this is not a spoiler because we all knew it was going to happen). I liked that it wasn’t instalove. I liked that they got to know each other on a really personal level first. They got comfortable with each other, developed a genuine friendship, and then fell in love. While it’s true that you can develop a genuine friendship with someone while falling in love at the same time (I know this from personal experience) I don’t feel like that’s how it usually works in high school. Perhaps because of this, I’ve noticed that YA authors tend to lean towards the instalove technique. So that’s something I really appreciated about this book. The relationship felt more mature. At the same time, I usually have an issue with books that have two main characters fall in love at an age that I deem too young. What do they know about love? I didn’t know ANYTHING about love when I was 15 or 16 or even 18 so…those books are harder for me to swallow.

Fun book, great writing. This is another book where the chapters alternate between narrators, and again, I actually liked it and felt like it worked. So props to Ms. Eulberg.

Overall Rating: 4
Violence: Mild
Sexual Content: Mild
Language: None
Smoking/Drinking: Mild. Mostly adults, but some mention of teenage drinking.

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3 thoughts on “Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

  1. I know somebody that’s a huge Eulberg fan. I.. well I kind of suck at reading books that I’ve heard a lot about, especially contemporaries because I have the tendency to group all of them together. But hearing that the romance is more mature and less annoying is good because it’s been slightly moved up on my tbr. Great review!
    (P.S.) You followed my blog a few days back and I apologize for not checking out your blog until now. Sorry about that!
    Kelly @ Dancing Through the Pages

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