My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Such a sweet contemporary YA story! I loved the dynamic between the two best friend characters, Macallan and Levi. And honestly, when I read all the descriptions of this being like a "When Harry Met Sally" but in a teen cast and environment I wasn't sure it would work; mostly because those are big shoes to fill (that film is a classic!) and also because the humor is so important to that type of story working that I knew I'd be disappointed if it was lacking it.
When I started reading this I also wasn't sure what exactly the title was suggesting...does better off friends really mean the story will pan out and show that platonic co-ed friendships not only can happen but also work better than if those two people had dated? Or does it mean the title is playful and this couple of friends were really best friends and then more? Because it could go either way and I'd have been happy because this book was written so well, with humor and emotion that feel real and worth it all either way too.
So I won't spoil that outcome, just read it and enjoy the funny and tender moments that only best friendships can bring you. Especially those "oldest best friend" relationships that spring up magically in school days and last as magical footholds throughout our adult lives. Definitely read Better Off Friends if you're in the mood for something sweet and fun:)
Thank You to Scholastic for the review copy via NetGalley.