10. Nancy Drew and friends. And many other books I read as a kid including the Oz series and the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. All the books on my list are YA — my love of stories of friends started with the books I read when I was young and continue today with the many inventive stories that are available.
9. Dead Rules by Randy Russell. Showing that teenage drama and desire for friendship survive after death.
8. A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner. Not really related to number 9, but this one shows what to do if your best friend dies.
7. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. A book I read before I started this blog but mentioned several times in my review of number 8.
6. All-American Girl by Meg Cabot. Friends from art class in Washington D.C. where you never know when you’ll have the opportunity to prevent an assassination.
5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Cinder, like Cinderella, is mostly a loner, but she does have her robot friend, Iko. In the later books in the series, Scarlet and Cress, that limited friendship experience helps her develop allies in her quest to save Earth from domination by the Lunar people.
4. Etiquette & Espionage and Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger. Sophronia Temminnick makes new friends in finishing school, even though she was reluctant to attend — just in time, since she’ll need help solving the mysteries in this alternate history Victorian, steampunk, fantasy world.
3. The Name of the Star and The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson. Another school-based novel series. This one is contemporary, but things get very weird before the end of the first book. Fortunately, our heroine, Rory Deveaux, finds friends both in and away from school who can help.
2. Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. The epic sort of friendships that grows only in the environment of a teen rock band, with the added challenge that the narrator and band manager is hearing-impaired.
And, my number one pick for a book on friendships….
1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. The most memorable friendship I’ve ever read in a book.
What are your top picks for friendships in books?