I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday.
This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.
This week’s prompt is: Top 10 Books About Friendship. Friendships are super important, and I think there’s not enough of them in YA. Seriously, ever third book is about friends who split up! Not fun. This is a fabulous prompt.
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Take me for instance, and my undying affection for my laptop.
The friendships in here are just so awesome I can’t even function. Gansey, Ronan, Noah, Adam, and Blue. What I love best though is the boy-to-girl friendships that don’t necessarily mean romance (well not straight away). I really think friendship should come before romance. Oh weird me. But also, there are 4 boys and 1 girl and it’s not some vicious love-competition.
It’s strong, bantering, sarcastic, and adventurous friendships. AND I LOVE IT.
I love how Scarlet and Rosie protect each other and…fight. Like real siblings. Friendship, especially between siblings, is pretty tight-knit (you live together, come on!) but it doesn’t mean you don’t fight. Are you seeing this, Mum?
Plus Scarlet and Rosie are kind of the female versions of Sam and Dean. Just so you know.
Honestly, this is one of the best friendships of ever. Maddy and Queenie shouldn’t have even met, but they made such a sensational team. They were funny and complimented each other’s personalities so well. They…they…
…’scuse me. I need a moment.
There are no words to describe the awesome wit that is Kenji and Juliette. What I particularly love about them is that they’re NEVER an item. They are always just friends. And it’s not awkward. It’s fabulous.
“Are you out of your goddamn mind? You think we can take on two hundred soldiers? I know I am an extremely attractive man, J, but I am not Bruce Lee.”“Who’s Bruce Lee?”“Who’s Bruce Lee?” Kenji asks, horrified. “Oh my God. We can’t even be friends anymore.”“Why? Was he a friend of yours?”“You know what,” he says, “just stop. Just—I can’t even talk to you right now.”
I’m sensing a pattern here…friends who are hilarious and funny together. I have to talk about Cath and Reagan. They’re dorm-mates and frankly Cath is freaked of any human with two eyeballs and a mouth. BUT THEY MADE A GREAT PAIR.
“I feel sorry for you, and I’m going to be your friend.”“I don’t want to be your friend,” Cath said as sternly as she could. “I like that we’re not friends.”“Me, too. I’m sorry you ruined it by being so pathetic.”
Regan pushes Cath (who is intensely shy) to be a good friend. She doesn’t try to change Cath though (which I really appreciate). She just realises that people like Cath, whether they admit it or not, NEED friends to help them function in places like school cafeterias.
John Green’s books usually feature fabulous friendships (as well as smushy romances), but I really love The Colonel and Miles’ relationship. For starters, The Colonel took one look at Miles and saw how skinny he was…and promptly renamed him “Pudge”. Peoples, that’s true friendship. Name calling.
This features a rather diverse friendship: a bully and a kid with down syndrome. When is the bully ever actually nice?! But, peoples, Dane and Billy D are fantastic together. They push each other into being better people, stretch their abilities, and give each other an incredibly tough time. And blackmail, loooots of blackmail. That’s how you know they’re excellent friends.
One of the strongest (and pretty consisten) friendships in here is Sam and Edilio. They’re pretty unlikely friends. They wouldn’t have met if the world hadn’t crashed and burned (see! Apocalypses are useful!) While everyone in this series pretty much lets someone down, Edilio is there for Sam. Backing him up. Supporting him even when he’s loony. Keeping peace. Digging graves. Gosh, I love Edilio.
Whose friendship do I even mention first?! This series is literally stuffed with worthwhile and fabulous friendships — diverse ones too. You know my favourite? Halt and Will. They start off as mentor and snivelly apprentice. The end up as partners. What I particularly love about their relationships is that: friendship doesn’t have to be limited by age. Halt could be Will’s father. But they’re still friends and family and colleges. ALL THE AWESOME. Plus there is serious snark. I love snark.
Will raised both eyebrows. “Well, you learn a new thing everyday,” he said reflectively.“In your case, that’s no exaggeration,” Halt said, completely straight-faced.
This is why I pick on Mime, obviously.
Cait’s best friend is her little sister, Mime. She calls Mime a freak. SEE? Sisterly love. Also, Cait loves books that are funny. If a book is funny, she is 99% more likely to love it to smithereens. She’s still snickering over most of Iko’s quotes. Currently, Cait’s reading TAKE BACK THE SKIES. It is not funny. Not at all.