BFF’s: Top Ten Fave Authors Writing about Friendship

spongebob friendshipTop 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 ZarrRoomies  (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.

8. Daisy Whitney – In The Mockingbirds series we see how friends band together to help you through your darkest hours. And When You Were Here features an awesome platonic male-female friendship.

9. Lindsey LeavittGoing 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 booksOpen 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


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What are your favorite book friendships?


15 thoughts on “BFF’s: Top Ten Fave Authors Writing about Friendship

  1. ChrissiReads says:

    You’ve picked some great books this week. I can’t wait to read The Duff. I’ve had it for a while now and really need to get around to it as soon as I can. I agree with you about Going Vintage. I’m glad to see we have TSWSYL in common. I adored the friendships in that book!

  2. Cait says:

    I really loved The Duff! I can’t wait for the movie…though I’m a little nervous. 😉 This Song was excellent for friendships too…because I love how friendship ended up being what saved her…well, friendship and music. 😉
    My TTT!

  3. I know you aren’t going to be surprised but I haven’t read any of these BUT I am going to give this list to my friend Wendy. Her daughter is getting to the age where she needs some strong friend reads!

  4. This is a great list because it gives me a good reference on who I should be reading for books with good friendships in them. I also tend to go for the ones with the good romance in them, which is how I ended up changing my TTT post a bit this week too. 🙂

  5. Summer/Sunny says:

    Oh! TSWSYL is such a great pick, I loved reading about the friendships in this one and how Elise started to find her place with a group. I have Attachments and haven’t finished, but I do love reading the correspondence between the two friends. Great list!

  6. Chachic says:

    Attachments is a great choice! I missed that one. I totally agree that everyone needs friends in the workplace. I have Open Road Summer on my TBR pile.

  7. bebeboss666 says:

    These are awesome picks! Great post 🙂
    My Top Ten this week!

  8. cayce006 says:

    Oh, The DUFF! I LOVED that book and am really looking forward to the movie (hope it won’t disappoint…) Hm, I haven’t read the others… though I did read Fangirl 🙂 Oh, and I’m reading Everything Leads To You too (it’s so good~)

  9. Great choices. I completely forgot about This Song Will Save Your Life. I love that book and it had some great friendships in it, gutted I forgot that one. Nice list 🙂 Here’s my TTT.

  10. I LOVE your list! Perks! Noggin! Open Road Summer! The DUFF! Attachments! All really great reads and highlights friendship in a meaningful way.

  11. As much as I didn’t enjoy When You Were Here, I will have to agree to some extent on Danny’s platonic relationship with Kana being MUCH more interesting than that other girl (I forget her name already…hah). Even Danny and his dog was more interesting. But I digress.

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

  12. The DUFF was so much better than I expected it to be! I can definitely see why This Song Will Save Your Life ended up on your list too!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  13. Maggie says:

    Great list! I love how you switched it up and did authors, I never thought of it that way, but I agree with all your picks. Also, how did I forget about Maggie and Roux!?! I really like that Going Vintage cover, too, I hadn’t seen it before.

  14. kay says:

    That is one awesome list! I absolutely agree with Hold Still, Going Vintage and This Song Will Save Your life. Enjoyed all of these and they certainly featured some great BFFs!

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