Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Points | Hardcover, 276 pages
February 25th, 2014
Young Adult | Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

The title led me to believe that HEA is not in the cards for this couple. And for a while there, it certainly looked like it was going to end that way. Spoiler alert: all the nose twitching and the misting eyes were all for naught.

Certainly, this book was adorable, and cute. But it wasn’t all smiles. It was frustrating when they didn’t read each other well, but sweet when they realize how foolish they were being.

Our couple met when they were in 7th grade. Macallan, having just recently lost her mother, was not feeling generous to the new surfer boy from California. Her tune quickly changed when she discovered they share a love for British comedy. Their friendship over the years was not smooth sailing to say the least; through break-ups with other people, and widening distance brought on by complication of their sexual orientations, the two never really lost sight of each other. Is it really possible for a boy and a girl to remain best of friends without adding love to the equation? I believe Harry and Sally have answered this question a long time ago.

If we’re to based the answer according to the majority of the romance books we’ve read that asked this question, the answer would be a resounding “no”. It is really impossible. It took Macallan and Levi years to figure out that the comfort they found in each other, and the ease of their relationship were the very foundation of a successful romance. Of course, it also didn’t take long before they messed it all up. Relationships are so complicated.

This book was so adorable, and far from fluffy by my standards. It’s not going to answer that question realistically, but anyone looking for answers in fiction is really doing the ‘reading’ thing wrong. Enjoy the book, people, and don’t look too much into it. πŸ™‚

  • I’m glad to hear you liked this! I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy, because fluffy romances are like cake to me. πŸ™‚ Great review Joy!!

  • I need to read this! It sounds so great and not your typical contemporary romance. After my current read I am going to take a break on ARCs and read a couple books off my shelves. This might have to be one of them!

  • That really is the question isn’t it? I honestly think girls and boys can remain friends without the romance. But it really depends on how close they are to each other. But I agree, people looking for the answer to that question should not be looking for it in books…it’s just fiction guys! Wonderful review Joy x

  • Great review Joy! this books had been on my wishlist for a while but I havenΒ΄t buy it, because I wasnΒ΄t too sure about it. I like books about M/F friendship.

  • This one sounds awesome, Joy! I definitely want to give it a try!

  • Ohh I’ve heard of this one, and I’ve been meaning to check it out! Glad you enjoyed this, and I’m definitely curious now to read a book that doesn’t stick to the norm.
    Great review, Joy πŸ™‚

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    “The title led me to believe that HEA is not in the cards for this couple.” Yep, same. I was actually a little disappointed it didn’t end that way but did find this a fun read and liked reading the whole span of their relationship through the years.

  • I liked this one! At first I was worried when I started the book and they were so young, but in the end I thought following them through the years was original and fun.
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • I just love the sound of this book but too bad it doesn’t work out for them – and yay for the author taking the more realistic route! I really do want to read this lovely book. Great review Joy!

  • Faye M.

    Awwww, this sounds absolutely cute and endearing. I love stories when there is a slow and steady burn, full of small yet meaningful moments that justify the romance that inevitably and surely blossom. I really want to read this now. It sounds sweet and light-hearted and full of meaning. Sigh, makes me wish I was still in my teens so I can experience such refreshing love again.

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

  • This is my type of book, childhood friends become lovers <3 It's more frustating to figure out our true feelings toward BFF, there must be a moment where we feel like there is more than friendship. I've been wanting to read this book but it's still in hardcover, I don't usually buy contemporary in hardcover :"D

  • You are just on a contemporary roll these days, eh? I don’t think I’ve heard of this one, but it does sound interesting. Maybe someday.

  • Christy

    I was glad that I wasn’t sure how their relationship would turn out. At a certain point it was kind of obvious though. Everyone refers to When Harry Met Sally but I’ve never watched it.

  • relationships are so tough, and sounds like this one explores it well and they have a big mountain to climb to realize their attraction

  • Awww I do love nice romances. I supposed this is a cute fluffy read for when I want to forget about all the “serious” books out there. I wish it could have been that they stayed friends, though. Since that’s what I thought when I read the title. Great review, Joy!

    • Fluffly but it had its moments. Thanks, Marianne. πŸ™‚

  • I’m glad to hear you liked this one as much as I did. I was worried about not having an HEA too especially with all the rough patches these two went through, but in the end it left me with a huge smile. I definitely agree with you. It was frustrating at times, but then they would be together acting all cute and I just wanted to squish them. πŸ™‚
    Lovely review, Joy!

  • Great review Joy! I tried picking one of Eulberg’s books, Take a Bow, but it just didn’t click with me. Hopefully picking this one up soon will make be read Take a Bow! Glad, it’s far from fluffy too!

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

    • I couldn’t get into that one as well. But this one work swimmingly well with me. I hope you’ll pick it up, Patrick. It really is a cute, adorable book.

  • Amazing review Joy. <3 I am not sure about this book. Of course, it is not for me, lol. Since you say: "complication of their sexual orientations" That makes me think they are sleeping with others, and despite just being friends, I don't like when characters do that :p I'm weird like that, hih. But anyway. I'm glad you mostly enjoyed this book πŸ™‚ That you thought it was cute. That is good. Thank you for sharing. <3

    • Lol. No, not at all. I’m sorry you misunderstood. I’m not the most fluent communicator. πŸ™‚ I really should’ve mention it’s the dynamic of having been friends for years and remaining platonic. That’s all. I hope you’ll give it a try, because I think this could be a Carina book.

      • Ohh. Hmm. Then I did misunderstand a little, lol πŸ˜€ Agh. Fine. I will read more about the book, then decide if it is for me after all πŸ™‚

      • Oh, how funny – I actually thought maybe one of the characters was struggling with their sexuality – like they thought they might be gay – and I was wondering how that would work well in a book like this. πŸ˜‰

  • This was a great read wasn’t it? I just loved it and am so glad you read it and liked it too!

    • Thank you! I must stalk your blog for your review. πŸ˜‰

  • Awesome review! Completely agree with you…such an adorable read and one of my favorites of 2014. I’m glad you enjoyed it over all!