This month our Selective Collective book is “Better off Friends” by Elizabeth Eulberg. Like a “When Harry Met Sally” for teens, the book follows young Levi and Macallan who first meet as middle schoolers, bond over an obscure British sitcom, and quickly become best friends. Over time, their friendship evolves and begins to test the age old question, “Can men and women be friends?” Having read her other books, Diana and I think this is Eulberg’s best novel to date, and we hope you will add it to your TBR list for an adorable take on a never-ending theme. Thanks to Scholastic for sending us all a copy!
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?
This month, we’ve got the fun job of pretending we’re casting directors assigned to find an ensemble for “Better Off Friends” the movie. We actually really think it would make a cute movie!
Aren’t they adorable? We don’t watch “The Carrie Diaries,” but my kids do like “Shake It Up.” I can’t vouch for their acting skills, but they look the parts.