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BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg – LAUNCH PARTY Blog Tour & Giveaway
February 16th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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We’re celebrating the launch of

BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg

Publisher: Point (Scholastic)

Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

SIGNED copies can be pre-ordered or purchased after the Better Off Friends Launch Party on February 25, 2014 through Boswell Books by calling (414) 332-1181

Summary From Goodreads:EEshot copy

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.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?

REVIEWS:

“…a pitch-perfect rom com. With a nod to When Harry Met Sally, rising YA romance writer Eulberg situates relatable characters in realistic situations. There’s depth, too… A humorous and cozy story about friendships and relationships, and the oh-so-fine line between them.”
– Booklist

“Reminiscent of When Harry Met Sally, Eulberg’s account of an evolving relationship offers witty banter interspersed with pangs of unrequited love. …their roller-coaster relationship provides plenty of entertainment and romantic thrills along the way.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Can a guy and a girl ever really be friends, as in ‘friends, but just friends?’ This is the question that animates this delicious, delightful romantic comedy. Readers will devour each chapter, narrated in Macallan’s and Levi’s alternating voices, correct in their confidence that Eulberg is going to deliver on her promise of an enormously satisfying story.”
– Children’s Literature

MY REVIEW:

I absolutely loved, loved, loved, loved this novel, and since it’s set in Wisconsin, it made it even better. Levi, as my friends at Swoony Boys Podcast would say, is totally swoon worthy!

Macallan and Levi relationship goes through many roller coaster rides. Sometimes their perspectives and values don’t match up, but ultimately there’s no doubt that they were made for each other. But are they “better off friends?” Readers will cheer them on & you have to read the book to find out what happens.cheeseball

Told in alternating points of view, BETTER OFF FRIENDS IS contemporary YA novel perfection. <3 <3

FOOD:

Cheese Ball

Cheese Ball

There’s something else that is absolutely delicious about this novel, and that’s the food!!!!!

Wisconsin is known for all sorts of cheese, and Macallan and Levi enjoy plenty of dishes that have cheese it it. Fried string cheese?  Cheese curds? – Welcome to Wisconsin. Elizabeth Eulberg included her mom’s cheeseball! I made it  and shared the recipe for our WI/IL Author/Blogger/Librarian luncheon back in December, but I’ll share the recipe again here:

 

BACKSTORY:

Better Off Friends came from a conversation my editor, David Levithan, had with one of his colleagues, Erin Black, who said she was looking for a YA story like When Harry Met Sally… that grapples with that age old question: can a guy and a girl really be just friends? When David mentioned it to me, I called dibs.Over the course of a year (while I was writing Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality), I thought about how I could tell the story in a fresh way. I went back toWhen Harry Met Sally… and loved that it’s a story that takes place over a long period of time so you can really see the relationship develop between those two characters. So I knew that I wanted Better Off Friends to be over the course of a few years as well as have little moments of the characters bantering throughout the book so the reader can see right from the beginning the kind of friendship they have.I began to slowly develop the characters of Macallan and Levi, and map out their friendship through five years. When I began writing the book, I decided on a whim to have it set in Wisconsin, which ended up becoming a character of its own. As someone who grew up in Wisconsin, it was fun to set a book in a place that I have such affection for. This also provided me with countless ways to insert my love for the Green Bay Packers (from Levi’s last name, Rodgers, to the various teachers names throughout the book). GO PACK!

Writing this book was a lot of fun, but it also made me cry in a few places. I’m really proud of Better Off Friends and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

GREAT LINKS:

Blog Tour: (Check out each link for a separate post and giveaway of a signed copy of BETTER OFF FRIENDS!)

Feb 16 Liza – WhoRuBlog – Review & some more recipes & giveaway of a signed book http://www.WhoRuBlog.com
Feb 17 Sarah – Novel Thoughts  – Review and and giveaway of signed book  http://www.novelthoughtsblog.com
Feb 18 Jaime and Erin – Fiction Fare – Quotes from the book with Wisconsin references & giveaway of a signed book http://fictionfare.blogspot.com
Feb 19 Andrea – Mrs. Payan Reads – History of Culvers and giveaway of a signed book http://mrspayanreads.blogspot.com
Feb 20 Erica – The Book Cellar – (still to be determined) & giveaway of a signed book http://thebookcellarx.com
Feb 21 Heidi – YA Bibliophile – Irish references and giveaway of a signed book http://www.yabibliophile.com
Feb 22 Rachel – As told by Rachel – Pictures of places mentioned in the book from Wisconsin and giveaway of a signed book http://tigerlilyrachel.com
Feb 23 Kelly – Belle of the Literati – WHEN HARRY MET SALLY: Can girls and boys be friends? Kelly is asking her friends for for their thoughts! http://belleoftheliterati.blogspot.com
Feb 24 Jillian – Heise Reads and Recommends – Reviews from Students & giveaway of a signed book http://www.heisereads.com

We’ll be tweeting: #BetterOffInWI @ElizEulberg

GIVEAWAY: One signed copy of BETTER OFF FRIENDS (US/Canada Only)

 

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12 Responses  
Joli @ Actin' Up with Books writes:
February 16th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I am so excited about this book. I had crushes on too many friends and they always wanted to date my best girlfriends. I think this book will be really funny and cute and even if I don’t win, I’m definitely going to get it!

Kristen writes:
February 16th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

You know, I can’t recall having a crush on a friend. At least, not the kind of crush that made me want to date anyone. And I was always too shy to talk to anyone anyway, so it didn’t really matter if I did or not. I’m still getting over that shyness.

Hannah @ The Irish Banana Review writes:
February 17th, 2014 at 9:11 am

I love that a review is never just a review with you, Liza. You always add some extra flare that just catapults it into the next level. A recipe with it? Extra little review snippets to tantalize? You definitely know how to sell me on a book. I can’t wait to go home and grab my copy! <3

Jenny @ Supernatural Snark writes:
February 17th, 2014 at 10:43 am

Oh my. That cheese ball! Is it weird that I just sort of want to stick my face in it and start eating? Yes? *hangs head in cheese-craving shame*

I’m so excited for this book Liza! I love the whole friends to lovers (or in this case, friends to dating) setup, it never fails to make me happy. I want this book in my hands immediately, fantastic review!

Angela writes:
February 17th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I *thought* I liked one of my friends, but once he asked me out, I realized I didn’t. So that worked out well. 🙂

Vivien writes:
February 18th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I’ve had a crush when I was a lot younger. Never acted on it 🙂

may writes:
February 18th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Yes… I did… but I grew out of it.

Gabby writes:
February 18th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I kept it hidden! 🙂

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels writes:
February 19th, 2014 at 9:44 am

I sure did! Didn’t we all? I had a crush on one of my best friends all through high school, but nothing more than friendship ever came out of it. It kind of sucked liking him because his friends were my friends and always made fun of me for it. I even heard them talking about my crush on him behind my back and laughing about it. “She’s so in love with you, hahaha”, things like that.

High school boys are mean, lol.

I’m not really friends with any of them now, but I am friends with my old crush’s wife. How weird is that? 😛

bn100 writes:
February 20th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

No, I haven’t

Marina writes:
February 24th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I can’t wait to read my copy (=

Holly writes:
February 24th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

I have, but as I’m looking back, I’m thinking, “What did I see in you before?” I mean, most of the guys in my school are pretty silly and immature.

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