There are no real surprises here, but unpredictability is not what we’re craving from the best-friends-turned-romantic theme. This book is charming and comforting in its familiarity. Eulberg gives her male lead an unbelievable level of emotional maturity for a 15-year-old, but much of the friendship is true to life, as are the other relationships recounted throughout.

Spanning several years of middle and high school, Better Off Friends follows Macallan and Levi through some of the hardest years of their lives. Through family dramas, cheating girlfriends and about 100 trays of Macallan’s famous brownies, Levi and Macallan form an unbreakable bond. (POINT, Feb., 288 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780545551458, HC, 12 & Up)
Reviewed by: 
Ellen Parsons