BETTER OFF FRIENDS                             ELIZABETH EULBERG
Posted:  March 17, 2014

Better off Friends by 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?

MY REVIEW:                       Not your average YA!!! 
     What a wonderfully depicted YA book.  This has everything you would want in a romantic comedy.  I just loved it but don’t be fooled into thinking it is just for the young.  It had a lot to offer this 50+ mother of 4.
     Don’t think this is you normal YA or contemporary story.  This Author Elizabeth Eulberb, doesn’t put any punches.  Macallen Dietz was asked to show new comer Levi Rodgers, around her school, since it was Mr. California’s first day.  After losing her mom last year in a car accident and everyone treating her with kit gloves, being asked on the first day to do this is just fine with her.
     She treats him like a cold fish leading him around the school showing him where all the important places are.  Then dropping him off at his first class and introducing him to his teacher.  She could tell by the look in his eyes he was scared but what could she do she had her own classes?  God knows she didn’t want to stick out any more than she had to after last year, even though she was one of the more popular girls.
     At lunch she sees him sitting all by himself looking really uncomfortable.  They make eye contact as she starts to pass and they smile and wave.  She just happens to see a button from a UK TV show that she just loves and looks at her girlfriends and ask if they would mind if he joins them.  Of course they say no.  She goes over and ask him to join them.
     She does and she sees and hears the relief in his voice.  When they sit she mentions the button and he is so surprised that she knows the show and they both at the same time start reciting the line from it.  From that point in 7th grade they become the best of friends but don’t even begin to think that it’s all smooth sailing because it is not.  You will laugh, tear up, feel angry and joy of the milestones that they each make.
     This is a story you would feel great joy in passing on to your kids to read or you best friend.  I really enjoyed and I know you will too.  Provided by
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