Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books about Friendship. When I was looking at my favorite “friendship books” I noticed several of the same authors popping up in my favorites so decided to celebrate authors instead. These authors include romance in their books but know the value of creating meaningful friendships in their stories as well.
These authors are all friendship bracelet worthy:
1. Sara Zarr – Roomies (by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando) is a wonderful friendship book about two potential roomies “meeting” the summer before school starts. I still have a few more Sara Zarr books to read, but I like that in The Lucy Variations and How to Save a Life that the friendships are complex with imperfect characters.
2. Amy Spalding – If you’ve ever been in show choir you know you have a built in family of friends, and that is the case for the new girl in The Reece Malcolm List. Ink is Thicker Than Water also realistically covers friendships that grow apart, and new friendships that blossom due to shared interests.
3. Kody Keplinger – Did you know The Duff is being made into a movie?! The Duff is about a group of friends, and one of them feels inferior to the others- relatable, right? I like that Keplinger’s books don’t talk down to teens, and I often compare her books to Judy Blume. A Midsummer’s Nightmare is set in the same world as The Duff and is another book not to be missed.
4. Leila Sales – In This Song Will Save Your Life Elise really needs a friend. Music saves her from a tough time, as does a new supportive group of friends.
5. Nina LaCour – I just finished reading Everything Leads To You, and Emi and Charlotte’s friendship is a great addition to the story. They support each other through the rough stuff and are their own best cheerleaders. ALSO, Hold Still and The Disenchantments feature strong friendship bonds.
6. Robin Benway – One of my all-time favorite friendships in YA is between Maggie and Roux in the Also Known As series. Roux is such a character, and just lights up the page. I liked Victoria and Audrey’s friendship in Audrey, Wait! too. I always know that friendship will be done right in Benway’s books.
7. Rainbow Rowell – Attachments was the first Rainbow Rowell book I read, and it showcases the friendship between two co-workers. Having a friend at work you can chat with makes the time fly by and Beth and Jennifer talk about everything, even though their company email is being monitored. I like Cath and Reagan’s friendship in Fangirl too.
9. Lindsey Leavitt – Going Vintage showcases the bond between sisters. They are so supportive of each other and definitely know how to have fun. I haven’t had a chance to read The Chapel Wars yet, but I hear the MC has a great group of guy friends.
10. And don’t miss these notable stand-alone books – Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira, Noggin by John Corey Whaley, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, and Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
What are your favorite book friendships?