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Estelle: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg ( tweet | web ) Publication Date: February 25, 2014 Publisher: Scholastic/Point Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendships, middle school/high school, family, romance Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: When Levi and Macallan first meet in seventh grade, they never imagined they would end […]

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March 21, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - How funny! I actually liked the interludes. I was impressed because I hadn’t seen that before.
I’m glad you liked it! I thought it was just so light and cute and I feel the same way — I still have no idea if this is really possible, because as far as I’ve seen, it’s kind of not haha.
I agree that I enjoyed it BUT didn’t quite fall in love with it. I do think there could have been a bit more development as far as a secondary plot goes.
Great thoughts on this one! Interesting to see! ๐Ÿ™‚

March 16, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Alexa S. - I’m really looking forward to reading BETTER OFF FRIENDS. I think there’s something about Elizabeth Eulberg’s books that I always find fun, interesting and relatable, so to see her tackle this (very important) (very discussable) question in her way will be a fun experience!

March 11, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Ellice - You already know how much I LOVE this book, so this review made me so happy. I was thrilled when I saw that it got a “worth it” rating. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I do have to agree that their conversations at the end of the chapters were confusing. My e-arc had formatting issues, so there wasn’t any separation between the chapter and that conversation, so I had NO IDEA what was going on for the first few chapters. When I realized that it was a present-day conversation, I just assumed they were texting or talking through something like Gchat or Facebook messages? I understand what you mean about those conversations giving too much away, because I figured out how it was probably going to end based on those. BUT, at that particular moment in time, it was refreshing for me to have a book that didn’t stress me out, one that I could just sit back, relax, and read. If I had read it at another time, that little detail might have annoyed me.

I just loved Levi and Macallan. There aren’t many guys that age that would be quite as sweet and sensitive as Levi was in junior high/high school, so I enjoyed that quality in him (although it may be a bit of a stretch). And I loved that Macallan was so unique in a lot of ways too– her family is Irish, she learns to cook really difficult recipes at a young age, she’s named after Scotch, etc. etc. I just like the book’s originality and the fact that it is such a feel-good read. <3 I think it will be a go-to when I need a pick-me-up ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, now that I have left you a novel of a comment, I guess you've figured out that I enjoyed your review? Haha

March 11, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I actually really liked this one. It wasn’t deep or anything, just a cutesy feel good book.

As for the little interludes between Macallan and Levi, I felt they were kind of like the little interludes in When Harry Met Sally when they would cut away to a couple talking about relationship stuff. That’s how I had to rationalize it in my mind!

March 10, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Your “heavens” question made me laugh out loud. I pictured those interludes being like Gchat conversations they were having as they looked back at their friendship. They were ambiguous, but I thought they had their good moments. (Like when Levi realized she got her period.) I know you didn’t love, love this like I did, but I’m glad you still found it “worth it.”

March 10, 2014 - 11:07 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I just don’t know if I want to read this one, Estelle. I’ve read three of Eulberg’s books – The Lonely Hearts Club (super cute), Prom & Prejudice (sweet) and Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality (not a fan). Because I really didn’t care for Revenge, I’ve been super hesitant to read this one.

I feel like what you said – how Eulberg didn’t tackle the issues as deeply as you would like – is always the case with her books. I always feel like a little bit is always missing.