Better Off Friends – 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?


When I read the description, I thought yesyesyes because I LOOOVE this kind of story. Hello, When Harry Met SallyThat Boy by Jillian Dodd? 100% YES. Plus, it was by Elizabeth Eulberg! I thought nothing could go wrong.

But I was a bit disappointed. I wanted more zany banter, Buggy-and-Floyd, double-dating (that was my favourite part) craziness. I wanted to see their friendship more, rather than all the angst and drama. For a great majority of the book, there were near-misses, unrequited love, and other frustrating issues. There were long parts where they weren’t even on speaking terms! I wanted to see a friendship before anything else. We even skipped over the good times (e.g. grade 9) in order to get to more of the drama. Ugh. I was hoping to see the two of them as a solid constant, with more significant others breaking up with them because of the importance of their relationship. That was a main part of the description, but it only happened once! How disappointing.

This book took itself too seriously. It tried cramming in a lot of serious, important issues that felt a bit trite and out of place.

I loved their personalities. There was so much potential in this book. But their dramatics were a little to young, and there weren’t enough antics. Oh well.

Related Reading

  • That Boy series – Jillian Dodd
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  • How to be Popular – Meg Cabot
  • Take a Bow – Elizabeth Eulberg

Rating: 4/5


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