Sunday, February 23, 2014

ARC Review: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

288 pages
Expected publication: February 25th, 2014
Published by: Point

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?

Do you love Jane Austen's Emma? Then you'll love this new novel by Elizabeth Eulberg. Adorable doesn't even begin to describe this story. It is full of heartwarming and laugh-out-loud moments, which left me craving more of Eulberg's writing. 

I couldn't get enough of the characters and the tension between them. You get to see them grow up, which means that you are part of the development of their relationship and the moment where everything changes. The bickering between the two main characters, Levi and Macallan, is AMAZING. I loved their friendship from the very beginning. Their chemistry is so well written that the scenes they have together are really natural and so fun to read. Since this novel takes place during many years, you can see the characters growing up and how their personalities changes throughout the years. The many stages of Macallan's relationship with Levi gave the story an interesting and unique feel while it also kept it from becoming repetitive. While I felt like the book is aimed for a younger demographic, I had a blast from the very first page and finished it quickly. 

While the plot is very basic and the concept isn't new, it was executed well. It is a charming novel; completely satisfying and ridiculously fun to read. It is the kind of novel that you pick up when you're feeling down and want to shut down your brain for a few hours. It makes your heart melt and gives you that romantic fix that you might crave for time to time. Better Off Friends is one of the cutest novels I've read in a while and very reminiscent to Meg Cabot's early novels.

It is light and fluffy and everything that's right in this world all in one book. If you like adorable and romantic books, this one is perfect for you!
Note: I received access to the eARC of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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