We all know it’s very, very common to have romantic relationships in YA literature. In fact, it’s pretty hard to find a YA book where there are no romantic relationships whatsoever. Now, I don’t mind romance at all, but there are times where I wish authors would focus more on friendships because, let’s face it, friends usually outlast romantic interests (even though every author likes their readers to believe their love pairing will stay together FOR EVER). They’re going to be their at your best and your worst (hopefully) and they’re going to love you no matter what you look like or who you are.
In short, friendship is important, y’all, and we need to see more amazing and realistic (!) friendships in (YA) books. If anyone were to ask my opinion – which they’re not, but I’m going to tell you anyway – I’d like to see more friendships likes these in ALL YA books…
- Frances & Aled in Radio Silence: a boy and a girl who’re friends?? GASP. Shocking, I know, but these two NEVER have any romantic feelings for each other whatsoever. They’re both into the same things–mostly the Universe City podcast but they’re also both fangirls/boys and they like a lot of the same “nerdy” things — and I love how Frances never gave up on Aled even when he was kind of being a jerk (though there’s an explanation for that). That’s what friends are for, you know?
- Frances & Raine in Radio Silence: I know, I know, I’ve already mentioned this book, but Alice Oseman really knows how to write friendship. I love Frances’ dorkiness combined with Raine’s I-don’t-give-a-damn attitude and her sassiness. She had some of the best lines in the book.
- Cath & Reagan in Fangirl: these two are kind of similar to Frances & Raine. Reagan is blunt, sassy, and kind of mean sometimes whereas Cath is shy, awkward, and a huge fangirl (obviously, hence the title). They’re from two different worlds, but they still make a great pair.
- Harry & Ron in Harry Potter: the OG bromance as far as I’m concerned.
- Simon & Abby in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: I’ve expressed my love for these two many times before and I’m going to do it again. Simon is precious and Abby is a rockstar (not literally, but you’ll know what I mean if you’ve read the book). They’re recent friends but that doesn’t make their bond any less strong, which just goes to show you that you don’t have to know someone a gazillion years for them to be your BFF.
- Pudge & The Colonel in Looking for Alaska: This friendship is a little one-sided at first with Chip (the Colonel) helping Miles (Pudge) to break out of his shell but things get better as Miles grows more comfortable around his new friends and in his new life. Their frienship really shines when THAT happens to Alaska.
- Rufus & The Plutos in They Both Die at the End: I don’t want to say too much since the book hasn’t been released yet, but these guys have each other’s back. They’d do anything for each other and it’s beautiful.
- Mallory & Ainsley in the Problem with Forever: another drama-free friendship between girls. Mallory struggles to talk but she finds a way to be there for Ainsley when she needs her the most and Ainsley always has Mallory’s back even when she has her own issues to deal with.
While making this list, I was thinking about other friendships I really like and want to share but don’t fit in the YA lit category. But this is my blog and I can do what I like, so here you go…
- Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas in the Lord of the Rings: Legolas & Gimli have the best ever friendly rivalry and Aragorn is there to lead them and make sure they don’t actually kill each other (at least at first). It’s a great dynamic of fun and brooding.
- Mr Bingley & Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice: Mr Darcy is kind of a jerk in the beginning, but if you look at it from his POV, he was just protecting his best friend from what (he thought was) a bad relationship. And he comes around in the end so all is forgiven.
- Bucky & Steve in Captain America: Talk about never giving up on someone…
Do you like my choices? Which are some of your favourites that are not on this list? Do you wish we’d have more friendships in YA or do you think there are plenty? Let me know in the comments!