Review: Better off Friends

Better off Friends
Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I saw that this book was pitched as “WHEN HARRY MET SALLY . . . for teens”, I was both very excited and very nervous. You see, I adore WHEN HARRY MET SALLY and I thought “There is NO way someone could take that movie and make it for teens.”

I was wrong.

There is so much of this book that mirrors WHEN HARRY MET SALLY that it can be rather uncanny — normally such things would irritate me, but Elizabeth Eulberg navigates the thin line between homage and verbatim extremely well. And, sure enough, this book works. It just works.

Because Macallan and Levi work — both apart and together — and both are phenomenally flawed. It is in characters’ flaws that I find the most interest, and I’ll be damned if these two didn’t just sound like (as I affectionately call them) idiot teenagers. I was one too, so I know the feeling. I also appreciate this book on a very personal level; a lot of the dialogue choked me up a little because, well, I’ve totally been there, done that.

I loved this book. I loved its characters; its pacing; its hurdles; and its humour. But, above all, I loved its sweetness. This one flew under the radar when it released, so I recommend giving it a shot if you see it.

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