Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TTT - Top Ten Books About Friendship

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

Because, you know, I haven't talked about books NEARLY often enough in the past week, let's talk about books some more! Yes? YES. So. Books about friendship, you say? Let's do this thing. (All images from Goodreads)

1. Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
I foresee this appearing on a lot of lists today, and with good reason. It was the first book that sprang to mind when I saw the topic, because it's a book about friendship first and foremost, and a book about girls doing awesome and badass stuff in World War II second. You want proof? Boom: "It's like being in love, discovering your best friend."

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
Look, all the Harry Potter books are about the importance of friendship. But there's one particular moment in Deathly Hallows that, to me, perfectly sums up the friendship between the Golden Trio, and that's the moment after Ron's destroyed the locket in the forest. Ron's on his knees, crying, because the Horcrux knew his deepest darkest fears, and now Harry does too. And Harry just puts a hand on Ron's shoulder and says "She's like my sister. I love her like a sister and I reckon she feels the same way about me. It's always been like that. I thought you knew." He doesn't make a big deal about it, he doesn't try to comfort Ron. He just tells it like it is and lets his best friend know that he's there. 

3. Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
There's something so incredibly REAL about Beth and Jennifer's friendship, even though everything we see of it takes place through email exchanges. There are the random bits of nothingness that you talk about with your best friend as well as the reminiscing, the mutual hatred of certain individuals, the utterly inappropriate moments, and the big things that you can't tell to anyone else. This book is about that friendship as much as it is about Lincoln moving on with his life. 

4. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

To me, there are three distinct things that stand out when I think about this book:
1. Leisel's friendship with Rudi;
2. Leisel's friendship with Max, formed under the most difficult of circumstances; and
3. Leisel's relationship with Hans/Papa, which is more like a friendship a lot of the time.

It shows us that even when things are really bleak, friendships can help you get through it. 

5. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Sure, this is the story of Hazel and Augustus falling in love. But it's also the story of Isaac losing his girlfriend and his eyes more or less simultaneously. And when he does? Gus is there to help him egg her car. Similarly, Hazel isn't the only one who loses Gus. Isaac loses him too, and his eulogy - albeit delivered with Gus present and making snarky interruptions - sums it up perfectly: "When the scientists of the future show up at my house with robot eyes and they tell me to try them on, I will tell the scientists to screw off, because I do not want to see a world without him."

6. Soulless - Gail Carriger
Sometimes, friends are polar opposites. And often, friends poke fun at each other. While the story between Alexia and Ivy isn't at the heart of Soulless, it's still a fabulous friendship despite the fact that Ivy despairs of Alexia's behaviour and Alexia frequently tells Ivy that her hats are the ugliest things on the face of the earth. Because sometimes? That's what friends do. 

7. Tomorrow, When the War Began series - John Marsden
Yes, I'm counting the entire series here, whatever. This series shows you pretty much every aspect of friendship. The friend who's basically a sibling. The friend you make when you're thrown together unexpectedly. The friendship that slowly ends because one of you isn't the person they used to be. The friend who's willing to sacrifice themselves for the rest of the group. The friend who you can giggle with about silly things at night. Basically? It will give you all the friend feels you could possibly want. 

8. Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta
Oh, hey. Two Aussie YAs back to back! In this book, Francesca learns that you can find friends in the most unlikely places and with the most unlikely people. Also that friendships can fall by the wayside when you realise that your friends aren't the people you thought they were and that maybe, just maybe, they never really liked you that much to start with. Good thing she's got those new friends to help pick up the pieces...

9. Days of Blood and Starlight - Laini Taylor
Even though Zuzana has no idea what the hell is going on with Karou, has no idea where Karou even is, and is caught up in her shiny nauseating love bubble with Mik, she doesn't give up on her friend. She doesn't have to understand everything to do what her friend asks of her, to be there when she's needed. Because sometimes, friendship is about not giving up on people.

10. Redwoodian - Alysia Gray Painter
There's a lot going on in Redwoodian friendship-wise. We get to see the friendship between Fair and Sutton in detail for the first time, and it's adorable. Fair's slowly coming to terms with her shiny new friends and old neighbours, the Overboves, as well as coming to terms with the fact that there might be something more than friendship brewing between her and Gomery. And then her favourite movie star, Prior Yates, is thrown into the mix and she has to deal with the concept of being friends with the man who is absolutely nothing like she'd imagined him to be. Fabulousness. 

What books would you put on your list?

K xx

14 comments:

  1. Wilhelmina UptonMay 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Lovely picks. I didn't even think of Attachments when I was thinking about this topic but you're right. Beth and Jennifer's friendship is amazing and I was a bit jealous of it, reading the story.

    I think TFioS would have been my least likely John Green pick. Not that I don't agree with what you said about it, but my first thought was Paper Towns when I saw this.

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  2. I love your picks for this week :D Haven't yet read Attachments or TFIOS but they are in my TBR :D

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  3. Oh I completely forgot about Beth and Jennifer! I agree, their friendship is just as important as Lincoln's story. I suppose it is even the catalyst for everything that happens to Lincoln. After all, he wouldn't have continued to read their emails if there was no banter.

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  4. Reviews from a BookwormMay 21, 2014 at 4:26 AM

    Great choices. Awww that HP moment is absolutely perfect and does show just how amazing the friendships in that book are. It was at the top of my list, adore those books! <3 Nice list :) Here's my TTT.

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  5. I loved the friendship in The Fault in Our Stars! I can't wait for the movie. I haven't read Tomorrow, When the War Began though I have seen the movie and I thought the movie had some pretty good friendships. I'll definitely have to read the book sometime and maybe the rest of the series as well.

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  6. I read the title of this post and thought, "Code Name Verity" so, yes. Also, I wouldn't have thought to put TFioS on this list, but you are right about how it deals with friendship. I've spent so much time talking about why I think that book is less than, that I think I've forgotten the good points about it.

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  7. All of these are FANTASTIC! I did some of the same ones, but you had some great books too I wouldn't have thought of. TiFioS, Souless (Alexia and Ivy I LOVE!), Attachments, wonderful.

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  8. It's funny how the same couple of books seemed to pop up on everyone's lists!

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  9. I think I blame a Tumblr post about Isaac and Gus' friendship for the fact that TFiOS ended up on my list!

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  10. Oh man, the books are so much better than the movie was. I think it's partly because the book was published in like 1994, so when they made the movie like 15 years later, they had to make a bunch of changes to the story... SIGH.

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  11. There are a ton of moments throughout the series that show their friendship, but that moment says it better than anything for me! :)

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  12. I JUST WANT TO BE FRIENDS WITH BETH AND JENNIFER, DAMMIT. Such an amazing friendship.

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  13. Oh man, they're both so great. So, so great.

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  14. Yeah, I thought of Paper Towns to start with, but I read it so long ago that I'm pretty hazy on the details. Thanks to the movie version leading to a millionty Tumblr posts, I'm a little more familiar with TFiOS at present!!

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