What is the determining factor for two people to become friends or become more than friends? This young adult book explores that question in a high school setting. Levi and Macallan first meet when they start the seventh grade. Levi is the new kid in school who is just trying to fit in. Macallan has just lost her mother and needs someone to listen to her hurting heart. Levi becomes just that person, being in the right place at the right time. Their bond lasts throughout their high school years, prompting speculation by everyone that they are a couple. Such rumors force Levi and Macallan to reconsider their relationship, a turning point for both of them.
This book is captivating and realistic. Don’t let the title fool you. It represents alternate points of view from the perspective of the two characters. And, of course, the guy’s and girl’s point of view is entirely different. Better Off Friends is a good read for both young adults and adults.