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Review: Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Goodreads summary:
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY . . . for teens, from romantic comedy star 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?

Levi and Macallan had negligible impressions of each other when they meet in the first day of school but hit it off unexpectedly through discussing their common interest the TV show Buggy and Floyd. The story follows the pair over a span of five years. They remain best friends while each go through a number of romantic relationships.

The most exasperating thing about this book was that whenever Levi or Macallan formed a romantic relationship with a girl/boy respectively, the writing skims over those parts, highlighting the incompatibility of the match. There was a lot of telling (along the lines of 'She was great. I had fun with her' etc) rather than showing. Most of the time, Levi/Macallan were comparing the guy/girl to their best friend! It got a bit repetitive and boring. I would have liked it if their relationships with others were a tad less shallow and more developed cause it made me angry why they were even in that relationship to begin with...

The book could be summed up really as: Boy meets Girl. Girl meets Boy. They become best friends. They go through numerous relationships until they discover they actually belong the best together. It was what I was expecting and the book did deliver it. It was quite cliche but sometimes you just feel like reading one!