Review: Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Better Off Friends coverMacallan and Levi have been friends ever since his first day at her school, when they discovered that they both loved the same obscure British television show. She stays at his house after school, their families have Sunday dinner together, and they know each other better than anyone else. Although people constantly assume they’re together, they would rather be best friends—family, really.

But somehow, their friendship seems to keep messing up their relationships with other people. From cheating at parties to a disastrous double date, it seems like no one wants to date a person whose best friend is the opposite gender.

Finally, in high school, Levi realizes that he and Macallan are meant to be together after all. But Macallan isn’t so sure that a relationship is worth risking their friendship. Are they better off friends?

This book will be a big hit with fans of Sarah Dessen and teens who enjoy realistic fiction focused on relationships. Although the comparison to “When Harry Met Sally” is going to be made, for obvious reasons, Better off Friends is not a simple revamp of the story for teens. Levi and Macallan are strong, believable, realistic teens who are trying to figure out themselves, what they want in a relationship, and their place in the world.

Recommended for grades 6 and up – no language, a few kisses

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.

This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf)

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