Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Better Off Friends.

Eulberg, Elizabeth.  Better Off Friends.  Scholastic Press/Point  2014  278p  $17.99  ISBN 978-0-545-55145-8  hs  Realistic fiction  E-BN    

Macallan and Levi become instant best friends after bonding over a favorite British sitcom on the first day of seventh grade. Macallan lost her mother to an automobile accident the previous year and Levi is a California native experiencing slight culture shock after his family moves to Wisconsin.  Their instant connection makes dating complicated as they move through high school, as everyone assumes their closeness means they are in a romantic relationship.  The story alternates between light, funny moments and the serious emotional challenges of growing up and first relationships.  Each chapter begins with a brief back-and-forth between the two main characters commenting on the events in the previous chapters, reminiscent of the interview scenes in the movie When Harry Met Sally.  This story will entertain those looking for a light romance novel.               

Summary: Macallan and Levi become instant friends in seventh grade after bonding over their love of a British sitcom. The pair have difficultly dating through high school, as others frequently assume they are a couple. Gr 9-12   

High school-Fiction, Friendship-Fiction         --Stephanie Pennucci

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