Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Posted February 12, 2014 by Sara | Novel Novice 1 Comment


Elizabeth Eulberg delivers what may be her best YA rom-com to date, with Better Off Friends, her homage to the classic movie When Harry Met Sally.

better off friendsFor 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?

Eulberg delightfully captures the fine line of friendship that boys and girls walk when growing from childhood to adolescence and beyond (a line we still walk as adults, too) with refreshingly unique and charming characters.

But more than just the line between friendship and romance, Eulberg also captures some of the most key elements of growing up. The move from middle school to high school, the balance of schoolwork and extracurriculars, thinking about the future, coping with the past, and the changes many friendships experience as we grow up and become new and different people.

Better Off Friends captures many aspects of growing up and falling in love — in a delightful romp about discovering first who you are, and then who it is you want to be with, and fighting for it.

Better Off Friends is in stores February 25th.

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