Monday, February 24, 2014

ARC Review & Interview| Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

ARC Review & Interview| Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg" class="ubb-image alignleft">Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2014-02-25
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY . . . for teens, from romantic comedy star 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?

I received an ARC from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

PicMonkey CollageI’ll never forget the day my mom brought home a copy of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg. As soon as I started reading it, I knew that this author would become one of my favorites and I was right. Every time Elizabeth announces a new book, I find myself anxiously awaiting it to hit store shelves. Imagine my excitement when I had the opportunity to meet Elizabeth two years ago at YALLFEST in Charleston, SC. It was a definite fangirl moment for me.

A few weeks ago, I saw that Better Off Friends was on Netgalley and I jumped on that request button and crossed my fingers and my toes that I would get THE email that I had gained access to it. Well, I did and I squealed with excitement!

Not long after I got access to this title did we have a freak snow storm in good ol’ North Carolina. Really, it’s not normal in this neck of the woods. So what did I do to pass the time of being snowed in for three days? I read of course! Better Off Friends was the first in my snow day reads and one of the absolutely best! And one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.

I adored this book and wanted nothing more than to bottle up Levi & Macallan’s relationship in a bottle and keep it forever. The dialogue in this book was brilliant and one that I found myself smiling to throughout the entire book. Dare I say this is Eulberg’s BEST?! There is just so much about this book that I want to gush, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone! Better Off Friends is a book that I will be shoving in peoples hands and begging (asking nicely) to read and just enjoy. It’s THAT good! I love a feel good read that leaves you wanting more long after you’ve finished the closing line and Better Off Friends is just that.

It’s brilliant fun! 

One of my favorite features in this book would be the commentary between Levi & Macallan that is found at the end of each chapter. It really made me, the reader, feel as if I knew them on a personal level and as if they were friends of mine.

Macallan is my kind of gal and a character that I could definitely see myself being friends with. She has so much strength even when she doubts herself and apparently she is a mean cook. And Levi, being the new boy in town proves himself to be one stand up character through and through. Their families are also major characters in the book and I really loved that. I felt that it really took the book to a whole new level and tied everything together in the most perfect way.

So, if you’re looking for a new book to read, THIS is the one. You’ll enjoy every single page.

I promise.

5 out of 5 brilliant stars!

BUT WAIT! I had the privilege to interview Elizabeth! 
Check it out! 

1. Out of all the books you’ve written and all of the characters you’ve
created, who is the one you relate to the most? The least?

I think Penny Lane Bloom in The Lonely Hearts Club is the person I relate
to the most, it was my first book so I put a lot of myself and my
experiences into writing that character. But I relate to all of them in
some ways (like Emme in Take Bow, who struggles with going from behind the
scenes to being in the spotlight – it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I
wrote that book while promoting my first book! And like Macallan, I stand
up for people.)

The character I relate to least is Sophie in Take a Bow. I’m not an
egotistical or entitled person (at least I hope I’m not!), but I did enjoy
writing from her viewpoint.

2. Where did your inspiration come for writing?

It comes from so many different places. The seed for Better Off Friends
was planted by my editor, but over the course of a year (while I was
writing Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality) I spent time
thinking about the characters. I’m inspired by many things from my own
life (like my trip to Ireland) to movies (the banter between chapters was
an homage to When Harry Met Sally…).

3. When writing Better Off Friends, did you always know how it was going
to end or did it change as you wrote and developed the characters more?

I always knew how I was going to end it – I focused more on the
character’s journey and how to get them from point a to point z. Of course
I couldn’t make things easy for them!

4. Three words to describe Better Off Friends. GO!

Besties, Banter, Blimey 🙂

5. What is your current read?

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd – it’s another Scholastic book that
comes out the same day as Better Off Friends!

Happy reading!


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