Review: Better Off Friends

Review of Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg from thegirlsinplaidskirts.comAuthor: Elizabeth Eulberg

Age: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Released: February 25, 2014

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Yes, hi, my name is JB and I have a new OTP, thank you very much.

So here’s the story behind how I became aquainted with Levi and Macallan. (You can skip this part if you want and scroll down for just the review. You’ll only hurt my feelings a little bit.)

Before Jules and I went to the North Texas Teen Book Festival, we both read lots of books by authors who were attending the festival. So I read books by Leigh Bardugo and A.G. Howard and Sarah Mlynowski while Jules read all these books. One of those books was Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg.

So Jules gets in my car (30 minutes late, mind you) and at some point once we were finally in an awake state of being (we had to meet at like, 5 so we could drive to Dallas and get to the festival on time), we began discussing the books we had read in preparation for the festival. And the reason Jules had shown up late that morning was because she overslept because she had stayed up all night reading Better Off Friends. She went on and on and on about it and how adorable it was and it was a clean read and I totally needed to read it.

Fast forward to the festival and Elizabeth Eulberg is in the first panel I go to. Now, at the time, I didn’t realize she was the author behind this fantastic book that Jules had been going on and on about. What I did know was that she was hilarious and I wanted to be her best friend. So I text Jules and told her she had to go to a panel that Elizabeth was in. And she did, and also decided that we should make Elizabeth our new bestie.

During the book signings, we pranced ourselves to our new BFF’s table (even though she was unaware of the fact that she was our new BFF—minor issue) and introduced ourselves even though we didn’t have any of her books. She gave us stickers and signed our bags and fangirled over Ally Carter with us. It wasn’t until after we had left her table that we put two and two together—this lady we’d fallen in love with was the author behind THE book. So we found her again and Jules told her how much she loved THE book while I stood there having no idea what was going on.

A week or so after the festival, I downloaded the ebook from my library and read it super fast. I was in love. So in love that I reread the book the next day. As far as I know, I have never done that before. A reread a week later? Yeah, I did that with The Selection. But the next day? That, my friends, is true love.

If you read my entire saga above, bless you. Now on to the actual review.

THE ACTUAL REVIEW

I’m a sucker for an adorable romance. We all know this already, but still.

Better Off Friends tells the story of how Levi and Macallan became best friends. And they’re the most adorable best friends ever. (Okay, second most adorable best friends ever, second only to us and our new BFF.) Their bantering is too cute and they are both obsessed with the British TV show Buggy and Floyd (I was so sad to find out it’s not a real show), and everyone thinks they’d make an adorable couple.  But, hey, they’re just friends.

I really think Macallan and Levi could be tossed into any situation and I’d read about it. Washing the car? Picking up stuff at Wal-Mart? I don’t care what they’re doing. They’re such a fun pair, and I love to read their dialog. Their banter makes the book.

The book takes place over several years, starting with the first time they met in 7th grade and telling the stories of their hardships and new experiences over the next few years. It’s fun to watch how their relationship grows and changes over time as they make new friends and drift away from old ones.

One of my favorite parts of the book is the interstitials. (I only know that word because it was on Elizabeth’s blog.) Between every chapter (which alternates POV between Macallan and Levi) is some banter as they reminisce on their relationship. (For an example of this, read the first page here.)

It’s adorable to see them looking back on old memories. Jules says she pictures them as old grandparents telling their grandkids the story of how they met.

If you’ve read any of my reviews for romance books, you know my big problem with them: the L word. And… this story has it. And… I’m okay with it. WHAT? I know, right? I think the reason it doesn’t bother me is because the story is told over a long period of time, and the reader can really see their love unfold, whether the two realize it or not. Now if their entire relationship were to take place over like, 2 weeks and then they were all I LOVE YOU, then I’d have a problem with it. But these two truly know each other and, I believe, truly love each other. (This is probably one of the few times I’m not going to hate on the use of the L word in a romance book, which is a big deal.)

Basically, you need to read this book. Especially if you love romances with fun characters and banter. Like, seriously. Go read this now. Five out of five stars!

Content Advisory:

Language: 2 I think there was one or two curse words. (For some reason, I didn’t take notes when I read this book, so I don’t have it marked!)

Sexual: 2 Some kissing, a few innuendos

Violence: 2 *minor spoiler alert* She punches a guy because he makes fun of her mentally retarded uncle. (In my opinion, the guy totally deserved it.)

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Review: I Love Him, I Love Him Not

23129506Author: Ella Martin

Age: YA

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Released: September 29, 2015

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This is the second book in the Westgate Prep series. For the release of the first book, we held a super fun Westgate Spirit Week! Check out those posts here.

Review:

I’m still binging YA contemporary romance books like there’s no tomorrow, so I was super excited when Ella Martin emailed us an e-ARC of the newest Westgate Prep book! I had included it in my Top Ten Sequels I Want to Read, so I couldn’t help but read it immediately!

Here’s some things I love about Ella Martin’s books:

  1. They are CLEAN! Oh, how we love clean reads! The Westgate Prep series is published by Clean Reads (previously Astraea Press), and they have strict guidelines that authors must meet. This means there is no cursing and no sex. (I don’t know the guideline specifics, but Ella mentioned that they are fairly strict.)
  2. They are ADORABLE! All the warm fuzzies, all the cute boys, all the adorable romances that make you want to squee. (I will elaborate on this later.)
  3. They are RELATABLE! One of my favorite things about both Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? (book 1) and I Love Him, I Love Him Not is that there are some very serious, yet very real and relatable situations.

So onto why I loved I Love Him, I Love Him Not!

The “very real, very serious, relatable” issue in this book is the fact that Talia’s mom gets remarried! As a daughter of divorced parents, I feel like this is an issue that a lot of kids deal with, and Ella makes it incredibly realistic. It’s hard when someone new pops into your life and you aren’t sure if you want them to be a part of it. That’s how Talia feels about her mom’s new husband as she struggles with a new father-figure in her life.

Then, we have the adorable-ness. It was incredibly obvious to me by page five that Jake liked Talia because he programmed her phone to play “I Want You to Want Me” when he called. Isn’t that so cute? And aren’t teenage girls so oblivious? (The answer to both is “yes”, and I am entirely guilty of that last one.) Jake is a musician, and I’m a sucker for a cute guitarist, so I found myself all smiley when he was around.

Another thing I love about this series is how the characters appear in each others’ books. We met Talia in WTRPCPSU, but we really get to know her in ILHILHN since we’re seeing things from her perspective. She’s such a spunky, fun character. It’s really fun to see Bianca (the narrator of book one) from Talia’s view, and see how her story pans out after WTRPCPSU.

I Love Him, I Love Him Not has a fantastic cast of characters, an adorable romance story, and some twists and turns that hit me out of nowhere. If you’re a fan of cute romances, this is a must-read! Five out of five stars!

Content Advisory:

Language: 0 None!

Sexual: 2 Nothing more than basic kissing, but there are a few comments such as “What do you think would happen if a roach had sex with a lobster?” (All of these comments came from a stupid teenage boy, so.)

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