It’s that time of the week again! Here is another installment of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the lovely blog the Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is Top Ten Books About Friendship. I think this is an interesting topic because most of the friendships I read about are romantic, since I read a lot of young adult fiction. For this list I’ve tried to focus on platonic relationships in novels instead of romantic ones. I think it’s a topic that isn’t focused on enough in YA novels. So, in no particular:
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Hermione, Ron, and Harry: the famous trio of friends. Yes, Ron and Hermione have a romantic thing going on, but when it’s the three of them together it’s like they are just platonic besties. There are other great friendships in this series as well- it’s chock full of them!
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Part of why I enjoyed this book so much was the fun relationship between BFFs Jennifer and Beth. Along with regular chapters written from Lincoln’s point of view, this novel also consists of emails written by these two women back and forth to each other. They are hilarious!
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini. This novel has more of an unusual friendship: the relationship between Eragon (a boy) and Saphira (a dragon). It’s a strange bond, but it’s a growing and lasting one nevertheless.
- Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. The entire fellowship that journeys with the Ring is basically one giant groups of friends, but there are also the closer individual relationships. Legolas and Gimli become closer as the story progresses despite the fact that dwarves and elves don’t normally get along. The hobbits also share a special bond, specifically Sam and Frodo.
- The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg. At first, this novel seems as though it will be more about bullying than actual friendship. However, as the story goes on it slowly becomes more and more focused on friends and how they can be found at unlikely times and in unlikely places.
- More Than This by Patrick Ness. I can’t tell you exactly what the friendship is in this novel, mostly because I don’t want to spoil the surprises of the story for anyone who hasn’t read it. Just trust me when I say that the friendships in this novel will warm your heart- and if you’ve read it before, then you probably know what I mean.
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green. I love the friendship between Will Grayson (John Green’s) and Tiny Cooper in this novel. These two boys are quite opposite from one another, but they balance each other out in a way that makes them both complete. Will keeps Tiny grounded when he is in love with yet another guy, and Tiny tries to get Will to break out of his quiet shell.
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. This novel contains the remarkable friendship of young Huck and Jim, a slave. A relationship such as this was unheard of in the historical setting of the story, so much so that it still strikes chords today. Not only is this book a great tale of friendship, but it is also an excellent example of satire at its best.
- Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. The Percy Jackson series includes a friendship must like that in Harry Potter: Percy, Grover, and Annabeth. These three kids fight together, travel together, and get out of some pretty sticky situations together. They would do anything for each other, and their loyalty is really something to admire.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I absolutely love the friendship between Charlie, Sam, and Patrick in this novel! Sam and Patrick include Charlie in their quirky group of friends even though he is a random freshman they did not know. It’s so heart-warming and tear-jerking and I just love this book! (the movie is amazing, too!)
What are your favorite books about friendship? Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments section below!