I’m no hater to romance. In fact, I love a well-written romance and I also love friendships-that-turn-into-romances but books which primarily focus on the friendship and the bonds that tie characters to each other tear at my heartstrings.
YA books have so little of that.
Yes, yes, love is a universal theme but so is friendship! Why not centralize the plot around how these friendships were created and how these friendships survived despite all of the trials and sufferings the characters went through? Why not end the book with the knowledge that these people will still be best friends forever even when the book is closed?
That’s a sign of true friendship.
Some of my favourite books have some of the strongest friendships I’ve seen:
Harry Potter: I appreciated the unshakable faith and support the three had for each other. And I would’ve been okay if Ron and Hermione never got together because I was so enraptured with how unwavering their friendship was. It was a constant theme throughout the entire series. Ron and Hermione had the opportunity to abandon Harry (and Ron did) but they always came back to him. Always.
The Raven Cycle: These 4 guys will always have each other’s backs. In a “if-you-touch-my-bro-I-will-punch-the-lights-out-of-your-head” way. If that doesn’t scream of loyalty, I don’t know what does.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Those bromances and sismances (?) were so stinkingly cute. That awkward-but-adorable friendship between Leo and Frank. The “I-respect-you-but-I-bet-I-can-still-kick-your-butt” bromance between Percy and Jason. And that familiar sister relationship between Annabeth, Piper and Hazel. Ahhh, the feels.
Vicious: Ohhh-kay. Maybe this isn’t quite a ‘friendship’ but hey, it started out as one. Victor and Eli could have been the world’s dangerous friends, destroying the world as we know it and I honestly would have happily accepted that because it was fascinating to see how they pushed each other to go beyond their intellectual limits.
What other books have you read that have friends who are ship-worthy? (Friend-ship. Get it? I’ll let myself out now.)