BOOKS WITH A REALISTIC PORTRAYAL OF FRIENDSHIP
It’s not hard to find a book with friendship as a central theme. But it’s harder to find a book that portrays friendship well, realistically depicting friendships we have in our own lives. The following books feature friendships that feel genuine, even if they’re not always pretty.
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando: This book was such a nice surprise. The growing friendship between two college roommates-to-be, conducted mostly via letters, was as moving as many romantic relationships.
Parallel by Lauren Miller: This is one of those rare instances when the best friend character is written just as strongly as the main character.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: Ponoyboy! Johnny! Sodapop!
Cress by Marissa Meyer: I’m not sure who I’d rather have as a friend – Thorne or Iko.
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist: A young vampire girl and a bullied boy aren’t the most likely of friends, but these two help to save each other.
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick: Several damaged people join together for a road trip to help a man on a quest. If you enjoyed Quick’s The Silver Linings Playbook, I think you will enjoy this.
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales: Songs AND good and true friendships saved this MC’s life.
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein: I can’t think of a more critical situation requiring friends than among prisoners in a WWII concentration camp.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: A short (VERY short) but sweet friendship.
Noggin by John Corey Whaley: I had to get this book on here in some form or fashion, because I read it last week and absolutely loved it. If you liked TFIOS, check this out. And yes, there IS a great friendship in this story.
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