- Tapa dura: 276 páginas
- Editor: Scholastic Bk Services (25 de febrero de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0545551455
- ISBN-13: 978-0545551458
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Better Off Friends (Inglés) Tapa dura – 25 feb 2014
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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?
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Macallan and Levi are best friends ... super, duper best friends who know every little detail about each other, finish each other's sentences, know each other's jokes, can read each other's facial expressions. They are great friends. I loved reading about the evolution of this friendship. It is an odd one in a world where girls and guys generally are not best friends unless they are also boyfriend/girlfriend as well. But Macallan and Levi seem to push against that trend, maintaining their friendship even as the two of them date other people off and on.
But things get complicated when they start to realize that maybe they do have a bit deeper feelings for one another. Unfortunately they never seem to realize this at the same time. Their timing was totally atrocious. As soon as it seemed like one would be ready to reveal everything, the other would be happily (sort of) announcing their newest relationship. They dealt with fear of rejection, fear of losing the good friendship they had, fear of the unknown. And it could be a bit frustrating to read at times. You really did just want to reach in the book, grab both of them, and demand that they TALK about their feelings with each other, no matter what. Good grief! These two people could talk about ANYTHING, but they couldn't just come out and say how they felt about each other.
What made this book a five star book for me:
100% was this amazing and real friendship. I loved it. It wasn't perfect. They both made some serious mistakes that caused a fair amount of heartache at times, but the friendship endured. But I loved seeing these two work through their emotions and their trials. True friendship will survive boneheaded moves by the people in them. It isn't always easy, but it is worth the struggle to stay together in the end. This story showed that beautifully.
Macallan and Levi were great narrators for the story. They each were realistically obtuse at times, and I appreciated how they were written to have struggles along with brilliant moments. There were times in this story where Levi's actions were absolutely infuriating. He could be so hurtful to Macallan, refusing to see exactly how his actions were affecting her. But even in the midst of these bum actions I appreciated how his character was written. You know, he is only a teenager in this story, and he is still trying to figure out who he is and what he wants and how he should act. He is entitled to make some stupid decisions ... but by the same token, Macallan has every right to be angry about it. What I appreciated was that these things were not glossed over or ignored, but I felt as if it was a realistic portrayal of what a situation like this might actually look like in real life. It came across as authentic.
I am happy to read a good, clean YA novel where the good guys aren't totally and amazingly perfect in every way but where the bad guys are not totally and absolutely evil in every way. The characters in this story seem real to me. Through it all is this enduring and beautiful friendship that was wonderful to read when they were better off friends, and it was fun to read when they thought they could be more. I loved it. It is a quick read ... one that I will definitely pick up and read again on a day when I need a book to make me smile. Five stars!
Secondly, the execution is really well done. Normally, I'm not a fan of ya books that cover a long period of time because that usually means the progression of time is uneven. But with Better Off Friends, I think time flowed very naturally from Maccallan and Levi's first meeting. Staying just the right amount of time on each individual story and significant moment, Elizabeth hit all the high (and low) points of their relationship. She never cut off those shorter plot points, such as both their attempts at romance with other characters, too early or lingered too long. Years pass in this book, but I didn't feel cheated not witnessing the presents not recounted in this story.
The third part, which is probably my favorite aspect of Better Off Friends, is the inclusion of the conversations between Maccallan and Levi in between chapters. I do enjoy reading the actual story, but these scenes contain the best interactions between these two. You can always guage someone's relationship by just observing them in action. These short exchanges were nothing short of magical. They were the cutest, funniest, sweetest moments in the entire book. I wasn't always sure whether Maccallan and Levi would end up together, but either way, these talks were the highlight of my experience reading Better Off Friends.
I'm not exactly sure why this book didn't earn a full 5 stars from me other than the fact that I wasn't wholly sucked into it like I need to be for a 5 star. I'm not entirely sold on the ending. I don't want to spoil it for you guys so I won't say whether Maccallan and Levi do end up together or whether they really are better off as friends, but for me, I just don't know if I see them as what the end up as, be it friends or boyfriend and girlfriend. Something just felt slightly off to me. Also, not a critique, but I will definitely need to read this in a physical form. I love receiving digital copies of books and I'm always so grateful to be granted access, but something is always lost when the formatting isn't correct in those advance digital review copies. This didn't negatively affect my rating or my review, but there were times (particularly during those awesome bonus scenes) where I'd have to back up in a conversation and work hard to keep track of who was talking. Sometimes I was a little lost. But again, I really like this book and it just means I'm going to have to get myself a real copy (which I would anyway because I get to see Elizabeth again at TLA in April!).
Better Off Friends is a really sweet, fun contemporary read with just the right balance of friendship and romance (and no, I am not saying whose romance it is!), light-hearted humor and serious life lessons, heartache and happiness. This is the full evolution of two characters' friendship over the course of several years and makes me long for the days when I had a best guy friend. Very, very well done.
Macallan is a fantastic, strong female character. I love her! And I LOVE the relationship that she has with Levi. Through all their ups and downs. What a great story going through all of their dramas. It was thoroughly entertaining. It make you literally laugh out loud at parts and I definitely teared up at others. It was great to have a mix of so many emotions throughout the book.
I absolutely love the way the author writes. My favorite part of the book was the witty banter between Macallan and Levi in between each chapter. I looked forward to that so much! I was watching how many minutes left to end each chapter so I get to it. Fantastic writing. This is one I would DEFINITELY recommend!