Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: February 25th, 2014
Genres: Adolescence, Love & Romance, Young Adult
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY . . . for teens, from romantic comedy star 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? 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?
YA contemporary romances are not hard to find, but ones containing depth and meaning are few and far between. BETTER OFF FRIENDS is a cute and fairly entertaining read but lacks that particular substance that makes it a five star favorite.
Told in both of their POVs, Macallan and Levi are the two “better off friends” duo that make up the novel. Macallan was easily my favorite character because she was so easy to relate to and always put others before her, a very admirable trait. Levi was a bit less tolerable because his personality was wishy-washy, the most important things in his life football and being popular, or the “Stud” and “the Man” as he likes to call himself.
I was expecting the moral of the story to be something like “boys and girls can be friends,” learning Levi and Macallan could be happy being Just Friends like the synopsis strongly suggested. I think that would have been a much more unique story that way. Because without that, the book is kind of a predictable, ordinary story.
BETTER OFF FRIENDS was not the novel I was expecting based off the synopsis, but it was still a good book. If you are a fan of contemporary YA, you will find yourself enjoying this one easily.