Better off Friends
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.
They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?
Initially I enjoyed the premise of this story and the characters personality, particularly Macallan’s. The idea of Levi and Macallan forging a solid friendship purely enjoying each other’s personality and shared interests was great. The attraction between these two took time and flourished with gusto, plausible feature.
The narrative was very sluggish, the characters wooden, dialog very adult like, overly mature and stilted. The book had a undeniably strong adult tone from the start and continued only increasing my dislike. Levi and Macallan were unbelievably sophisticated in dialog, actions and thoughts to the point of disbelief leading to the narrative feeling awfully contrived. These protagonists were too pollyanna and pious for seventh graders thru high schoolers. Half the time the novel felt more adult like as opposed to young adult.
Eulberg would create a scenario and the two characters would be uber grown up and do a complete 360 degree turnabout with extreme childish behavior causing a obvious contradiction.
Too fake feeling and too goodie goodie characterization, premise had endless potential but failed to work for me. Levi and Macallan acted like border line immature senior citizens. Cute book but drags, characters need to act like kids, narrative was predictable.
▪︎Published March 2014 by Point
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review