Monday, February 24, 2014

#BetterOffInWI Blog Tour: BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg & Giveaway

Elizabeth Eulberg is one of my favorite authors when I want a guaranteed enjoyable book (we bonded over our cheeseheadedness) and have been a huge fan of all of her books since I first read THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB. Then came PROM & PREJUDICE, followed by TAKE A BOW, and the latest, REVENGE OF THE GIRL WITH THE GREAT PERSONALITY. So I was thrilled when I heard that Elizabeth's latest book was set in Wisconsin (finally!) and even more excited when I was able to get an early copy of BETTER OFF FRIENDS to read in September. And let me tell you, I was up early the next morning to keep reading the book because I couldn't stop thinking about Macallan and Levi. When I finished later that day, I declared it Elizabeth Eulberg's best book yet. And now (well, tomorrow) you get to read it, too! We Wisconsin bloggers were so excited that Elizabeth's launch part would be in Milwaukee, and I knew I had to be a part of the blog tour. And the best part? Elizabeth is visiting my school today! 
In honor of her visit, I wanted to share some of my students' thoughts/blurbs for BETTER OFF FRIENDS. 

"I LOVED it! It was mind-blowing and heart-breaking."

"A sweet and entertaining book that'll have you hooked by page 1!"   

"This book was so amazing. I love Levi & Macallan together. No other girls will compare to Macallan and how nice and cool she is. I think Levi is pretty cool too with his long haired self."

"Girls and guys can be best friends too...just like Levi & Macallan were." 

"My all time favorite bok of the year. Perfect setting, since it's Wisconsin, perfect names, perfect story, just everything about this book is perfect."   

"A book full of love, friendship, and cheese curds!"  

"...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."

"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

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.

*If you can't make it to the launch party event,  SIGNED copies can be pre-ordered or purchased after the Better Off Friends Launch Party through Boswell Books by calling (414) 332-1181. If you want it personalized, you have one more day to order!

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Feb 16 Liza @ WhoRuBlog
Review & some more recipes & giveaway of a signed book
Feb 17 Sarah @ Novel Thoughts
Review and and giveaway of signed book 
Feb 18 Jaime and Erin @ Fiction Fare
Quotes from the book with Wisconsin references & giveaway of a signed book
Feb 19 Andrea @ Mrs. Payan Reads
History of Culvers and giveaway of a signed book
Feb 20 Erica @ The Book Cellar
The Packers in Better Off Friends & giveaway of a signed book
Feb 21 Heidi @ YA Bibliophile 
Irish references and giveaway of a signed book
Feb 22 Rachel @ As Told By Rachel
Pictures of places mentioned in the book from Wisconsin and giveaway of a signed book
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! 
Feb 24 Jillian @ Heise Reads and Recommends 
Reviews from Students & giveaway of a signed book

Thanks to Liza Wiemer at for organizing this blog tour!


  1. I do think guys and girls can be just friends!

  2. I guy and girl can definitely be friends!...under certain circumstances. :P

  3. I love you students comments. And as far as boys and girls being just friends. Yeah, I think it can happen, but it's very rare indeed. Personally, I've never known anyone who has sustained a girl/guy friendship. They've either gone separate ways or ended up being much more than friends. :D

  4. Guys and girls can be friends. Just sometimes it leads to a little more.

  5. think they can just be friends

  6. Better Off Friends is by far my favorite book of Elizabeth everr! I want more of Macallan and Levi!

    I do believe guy/girl can be just friends, i for one experienced it and my guy bestfriend is still just my bestfriend and i'm glad we're just friends and not more. Haha.

  7. Better Off Friends is by far my favorite book of Elizabeth everr! I want more of Macallan and Levi!

    I do believe guy/girl can be just friends, i for one experienced it and my guy bestfriend is still just my bestfriend and i'm glad we're just friends and not more. Haha.

  8. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I really really want to read this one!! It just sounds so good! Yes, I think boys and girls can be just friends. In fact, most of my friends are guys and I dont have feelings for them, vice versa!

  9. The lonely hearts club is one of my favorites!

  10. They definitely can! I'm friends with boys. :) And I loved The Lonely Hearts Club! Such a cute story.

  11. I've read all of Elizabeth's books, but my fave is definitely The Lonely Hearts Club. Love Penny. Love the concept!

  12. I haven't read any of her books yet but I'm really looking forward to this one. I definitely think guys and girls can just be friends. I have several guy friends and as far as I know neither of us have ever wanted anything more than friendship.

  13. Guys and girls can be just friends. I have been with several of my guyfriends for years.