It’s Tuesday and you know what that means! It’s time to link up with The Broke and the Bookish again. I may have read through a bunch of other people’s lists for today to settle on my own list because even though there are some great examples, lots of books focus too much on romantic relationships rather than friendship in my opinion.
1) Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: The entire series is a salute to friendships. Yes, there is magic and all kinds of other things going on there but the most important, underlying part that keeps it all together is the friendship between the Golden Trio but also the supporting characters. And there are so many of them! Those friendships aren’t all simple and nice; they’re messy and sometimes difficult to grasp but there is a place for Neville and even Luna which makes me happy because aren’t we all some kind of outcast?!
2) Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark: Yes, this is a story about young adult characters falling in love but it is also one that celebrates friendships, which to me, was the best part of the story.
3) Paper Towns by John Green: This was the first book that came to mind when I saw today’s topic. I think that John Green’s books in general celebrate friendships but somehow, this one stood out to me.
4) Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult: This may be a little cheat, I don’t know, but to me, it belongs on the list. Yes, the two main characters fall in love with each other but only after becoming friends. Really good friends and that’s what I love so much about it. I want to be in love with one of my best friends, that would be lovely and honestly, I don’t see any other way as to how to even fall in love. I love it when you can’t pinpoint exactly when it happens because it’s such an underlying progression of your friendship. Not that I’m saying people can never be just friends because that’s entirely possible but friendship teaches you how to truly value another person.
5) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell: This is my favourite Rowell book so far and that is due to a large part because of the friendship between Beth and Jennifer. They are amazing and I was jealous of them through reading the book. Not that I don’t have someone in my life like that but god that friendship is beautiful.
6) The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson: I read this because of the same sex relationship of two of the 3 friends in this story. Similar as with Sing You Home, they are friends first until something suddenly changes. I have my problems with the book for other reasons aside from the friendship part but that’s not what today’s post is about. Even after they break up, their friendship is what ultimately keeps them together, not as a couple but as friends. Their bond is ultimately stronger than their heartbreak.
7) Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien: Really? You need me to explain this pick? I didn’t think so. There are so many friendships here, just pick one. My personal favourite is Gimli/Legolas.
8) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I love Cath and her roommate, okay? I just do. I wish I had had a friend like that because she is really awesome.
9) Evening Class/Quentins by Maeve Binchy: I’m not sure if this qualifies as a book about friendship but I loved it very much, the two books actually. Throw together a whole bunch of strangers into a beginners foreign language class and by the end of it, you have created a group of friends. I also liked how this was kind of continued in Quentins.
10) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: I love Jo and Laurie, I really, really do.
So that’s my list. What are your favourite books about friendship?