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?
First Sentence: Guys and girls can be friends.
I honestly don’t know how to begin this review. Everything I wrote and then deleted sounded super awkward, so I’ll just get straight to the point: YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE. Seriously guys, you have to own, or at least read Better Off Friends. I guarantee you – Better Off Friends will constantly tug on your heartstrings, maybe make you tear up a little (it certainly made me tear up a bit), and have you happily smiling at the very end, wanting more, and then proceed to reread your favorite parts all over again. I regret not reading this one sooner. (And could you believe that I was planning on not even giving this book a chance since I’ve never heard of it before? Very foolish decision.)
So you want me to lie?
Um, yeah. Friends lie to make each other feel better. You didn’t know that?
Have I told you that you look really cute today?
Thanks. I – wait a second.(ARC 17)
If you know me very well, you’ll know that I don’t like reading contemporaries, at all. It’s a sad, but very true fact. Most contemporaries are a miss for me with the exception of a very few books: the fabulous Anna and the French Kiss, Pushing the Limits, Being Sloane Jacobs, and My Life Next Door. Before I started Better Off Friends, I was a bit wary of it; I was worried that I wouldn’t connect with it, that I would grow bored with it, and that I would fall asleep while it, all the things that usually happens to me when I read contemporaries. However, the exact opposite happened to me when I was reading Better Off Friends; I breezed through the book and couldn’t get enough of it.
Better Off Friends started off adorably. It reminded me of my middle school days – Levi is the new kid at school in Wisconsin and Macmallan is forced to show him around the school. They eventually bond that very day and hit it off, becoming best friends. Right from the very start, we automatically knew that Levi likes Macmallan that way, even though he didn’t realize it himself yet (I mean, what kind of middle school kid will notice that their best friend’s hair changes colors during different seasons or think about how much they love their best friend’s smile?) and those moments were just so adorable to read about. I just wanted to leap into the book and pinch Levi’s cheeks like an old grandmother and give him a HUGE hug, probably creeping middle school Levi out.
And then you had to get a boyfriend.
It was only a matter of time before I was snatched up, especially when you can bake a brownie like I do. (ARC 107)
Better Off Friends is also so relatable, even though I don’t have a best guy friend throughout my life like Macallan does, nor did I go through all the things both Macallan and Levi went through. (I used to have best guy friends, but right after middle school, we all sadly grew apart since we all went to different high schools.) Macallan and Levi’s best friend moments remind me of my current friendships and reconfirmed the fact that I want my future boyfriend to be my best friend. I just love how Macallan and Levi have their own inside jokes, how they truly get one another like nobody else does, how they are so ridiculously witty together, and how they went through so many ups and downs but still found a way to eventually be together as friends (or maybe even more than friends -wink wink-) in the end.
Gross. But don’t forget that you got a girlfriend at the start of sophomore year.
Yes, I did.
But did the questions stop about whether or not we were a couple?
No, they did not. (ARC 107)
I love that Better Off Friends pretty much cemented this middle school rule for me: Boys are dumb. Like seriously, they’re dumb. They do stupid things, thinking they’ll help, but it makes things turn out worse instead. There’s this part in Better Off Friends (when you read it, you’ll automatically know what I’m talking about) that made me want to shake Levi, asking him why on earth did you do that?! Again, boys are dumb. You’ll probably think that too when you read Better Off Friends.
Do I recommend Better Off Friends? YES. I don’t know if I managed to convey my love for this book through my review (I’m dead tired right now and I’m currently supposed to be studying, but yeah), but I really loved Better Off Friends and can’t wait to meet Elizabeth Eulberg so I can fangirl all over her (and hopefully not creep her out)! So guys, what are you waiting for, go grab or pre-order your copy today (and I rarely do say this)!
Just so you guys know, yes, girls and guys can be just friends.