Okay, so I’m a little late for The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday. But I started writing this post yesterday, so it still counts, right?
The theme this week was top ten books about friendship.
I think it can actually be really hard to create a realistic friendship in a book. Friendship is defined by intricacies like inside jokes, nicknames, and silly quirks that can be hard for an “outsider” to understand. The books that succeed at depicting friendship, in my opinion, are ones that make the reader feel like he or she is part of that friendship. Here are my picks:
1. Will Grayson, Will Grayson
To quote this book: “Being in a relationship, that’s something you choose. Being friends, that’s just something you are. [But] I do pick you. We’ve been friends too long to pick, but if we could pick, I’d pick you.”
2. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Okay, this one is obvious. But when I read the series in high school, the characters were really relatable and reminded me of my own friends.
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
This book is all about the importance of friendship. Charlie starts high school with literally no friends, and ends up with some pretty great ones.
4. The Book Thief
Liesel and Rudy’s friendship is one of the greatest of all time. It features plenty of jokes, hijinks, secrets kept, secrets told, and just the slightest hint of romance.
5. Frog and Toad are Friends
I’m pretty sure the title says it all, but if you never read a Frog and Toad book when you were little, you should definitely do it now. Frog and Toad may have their differences, but that means they balance each other very nicely.
6. The Outsiders
The friendships in this book are interesting because they are complicated. Is it always right to stand up for your friends, even if it means hurting someone else? And why do we draw imaginary lines restricting who we can be friends with based on our differences?
7. The Secret Garden
There are many parts of this book that really, really annoy me. But one of its main themes is the power of friendship and having empathy for others, so it made the list.
8. The Harry Potter series
Did you really think you would get to the end of this list without a Harry Potter shout-out? Harry, Ron, and Hermione have one of the most magical friendships of all time, hands down.
Hmmm… I’m having a hard time thinking of two more books with really great friendships. It seems like most books I read these days revolve around a romantic relationship, with friends pushed to the side. That’s actually kind of sad, now that I think about it.
What are some books with friendships you love?