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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bookanistas Review: Better Off Friends

Sometimes I get in a certain kind of book-reading mood. I don’t want anything heavy. I don’t want anything complex. I don’t even want beautiful words that make me envious as a writer. I just want something happy.

Like hot chocolate after playing in the snow.

With marshmallows.

The good kind, not the microscopic pellets that come in the pack.

The book equivalent: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg.

I’m a sucker for best-friends-in-love stories, but even if I were tired of such storylines I’d have found this book adorable. This isn’t an issue book. It isn’t deep and meaningful. It won’t rip your heart out or change the way you view literature. It’s fast—get upset in the morning and you can breeze through this and be smiling by dinnertime. It’s light, kind of like cotton candy. I mean that in the best way possible.

The book is told from the POV of Levi and Macallan, from seventh grade through their junior year. With so few pages, I was worried the story may feel rushed, but it was perfectly paced. The characters were loveable, the conflict real without being too intense, and the romance? Gah, the romance was flippin’ perfect.

The end-of-chapter discussions between present-day Levi and Macallan were funny and sweet and totally adorable.

And, no, there is no limit to the amount of times I can use the word adorable in this review because it’s about the best adjective to describe every aspect of the book. I dare you to read this without a smile on your face.

Here’s what the other Bookanistas are reviewing today:

What’s your favorite best-friends-in-love story?

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