Top Ten Friendships in Books

Posted May 20, 2014 by Debby in Uncategorized

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As I looked at the topic for this week I had a moment like, “Wait, didn’t we do this topic just last year?” Well, we didn’t, but roughly a year ago I wrote an elaborate mushy post including examples of best friendships in books as a part of my “Keys to My Heart” discussion series. Awwwwwww. Year-ago-Debby was so cute. So, much of this list is repeated from that, but there are also some new examples of books I’ve read in the meantime.

smart girls

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
We were beautiful.

“Three goddesses,” Neerja said.

“Three friends,” I said.

Bea, in the middle, squeezed us to her. “For-ever.” Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Parallel by Lauren Miller
Suddenly, the depth of the chasm between us is unbearable. I don’t want to be in a fight with her anymore. She’s my best friend. She’s part of who I am.

I’m not Abby without Catilin.

Please, God, give me my best friend back.

I’m redialing her number when she calls me back. Parallel by Lauren Miller
the duff

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
“I wanted to make sure you were fine…and that he was okay, too. You didn’t, like, stab the boy, did you? I mean, I totally disapprove of murdering hotties, but if you need help burying the body, you know I’ll bring the shovel.” The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
shatter me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
“Hey, um, I’m sorry to bother you, but I’m looking for a friend of mine,” he says. “Have you seen her? She’s a tiny little thing, cries a lot, spends too much time with her feelings-“

“Shut up, Kenji!”

“Oh wait!” he says. “It is you.” Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
I debate it for about five minutes but then decide to call Bianca instead. She went through a phase in fifth grade where she had night terrors and she used to call me at crazy hours when she woke up and couldn’t fall back to sleep. We would end up talking movies and the cute boys in our class until Bee felt better and then we’d both doze off in class the next day. She hasn’t made a late night call in years, but she won’t mind if I wake her up just this once.

She picks up on the third ring. “Are you okay?” she asks. The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

Golden by Jessi Kirby
Kat waves a dismissive hand. “Please. You’ve aced every essay you’ve ever written, mine included. You’re gonna get it.”

I laugh, but apprehension seeps into my stomach. “I don’t even have any ideas on how to start.”

“You will,” she says, with a certainty that makes me feel a little better. “You’ll figure it out and come up with something brilliant, and then you can put all your energy into more important things. Like Trevor Collins.” She sits back in her chair and smiles, shakes her head. “I knew there was something you were sitting on. You’re a shitty secret keeper.” Golden by Jessi Kirby
pivot point

Pivot Point by Kasie West
Ten minutes later there was a knock on my window. The window was how she snuck into my room in the middle of the night. She didn’t need to use it in that moment, but I was glad she did. I felt betrayed by my parents and didn’t think they deserved to know how much I needed my best friend.

I powered open the window and screen. Laila climbed like a pro over he struggling bush in the flower bed and into my room. She immediately threw her arms around me. “I’m so sorry,” she said again. “This sucks.” Pivot Point by Kasie West
ruby red

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
“I’m so glad I have you. You’re the best friend in the world.”

“You’re not so bad as a friend yourself,” said Lesley. “I mean, you’ll soon be able to bring me back cool stuff from the past. What other friend can do that? And next time we have a history test, you can research the whole thing on the spot.”

“I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have you.” Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
“And, for what it’s worth, I’d pick you over a thousand ordinary and extraordinary friends. I think even if we just met on the street, even if I just saw you in passing, I’d know what you are.”

Celaena cocked her head to the side. “An assassin?”

Nehemia’s dark eyes were bright as she shook her head. “The sister of my heart.” The Assassin and the Princess by Sarah J. Maas

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
“So violent. You want to mug and tase everybody these days.”

“I do,” Zuzana agreed. “I swear I hate more poeple every day. Everyone annoys me. If I’m like this now, what am I going to be like when I’m old?”

“You’ll be the mean old biddy who fires a BB gun at kids from her balcony.”

“Nah. BBs just rile ‘em up. More like a crossbow. Or a bazooka.” Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

That’s it! Which books made your list?

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7 responses to “Top Ten Friendships in Books

  1. I LOVE YOUR GRAPHICS and the little excerpts! I haven’t read any of these besides Daughter of Smoke and Bone (and I love Zuzana!). I definitely need to read pretty much ALL of these, especially Throne of Glass, Shatter Me series, The Art of Lainey, Parallel. I also have Code Name Verity on my list 😀

  2. I put Throne of Glass and Shatter Me on mine as well – those two are some of my favorite. Forever crying over that Throne of Glass quote though!

    I’ve heard a lot about Lauren Miller lately, with Free To Fall being released, and I think I’ll take a look at Parallel as well.

  3. This is such a stunning post! Fantastic graphics and I agree so much with some of the friendships you’ve mentioned! Addie & Laila, Lainey & Bee, Celaena & Nehemia aaaand Karou and Zuzana!!

  4. I love that excerpt from Daughter of Smoke & Bone. It perfectly shows Zuzana’s character. Those two made my list, of course; I don’t know how you could do a top 10 friends list without including them!