26 February 2014

[Review] Better Off Friends; Elizabeth Eulberg

Better off Friends
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Point
Format: ARC from NetGalley.com

Summary from Goodreads:
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?

What I Thought: I really liked this book A LOT. While there was a somewhat predictable storyline, the way the story was told was pretty unique and I liked it a lot. First, while it was told from both perspectives, there was also a third perspective: at the end of ever set of chapters/perspectives, there was a bit of dialogue from the two characters in present tense, looking back and reflecting on the situation, which I thought was pretty cool.

I thought that this story moved along nicely and I really like that the focus was so much on friendships and the stresses that play into friendships. Instead of primarily being a book about a romantic relationship, this book was so much about two people truly being friends.

I also liked the family dynamic a lot in this book: the parents were so involved in their lives and were supportive and not mysteriously absent as is the case in most YA.

Read this if: you're interested in a different perspective, if you care about friendships or if you want a nice, easy read.

Out of 5☆: 4/5

This book was 14/100 for 2014

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