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5 of the most iconic YA friendships!


What do we love about YA books?


Well, yes.


Also yes, but that’s not what we’re talking about right now…

WE LOVE THOSE #FRIENDSHIPGOALS. So we’re listing 5 of the most iconic friendships in YA books!


Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram 


Darius’s friendship with Sohrab is one of the purest bonds in all of YA. They meet when Darius visits his grandfather in Iran for the first time, and they find an immediate connection over everything from their shared love of playing soccer to their openness with talking about their feelings—in a way that teenage boys aren’t always encouraged to do. Honestly, at the risk of sounding too sappy, the world would be so much better if all of us had a friendship in our lives like that of Darius and Sohrab.


Wildcard by Marie Lu


(Spoilers for Warcross!)

The Phoenix Riders may be one of the most beloved YA gangs ever. And, let’s face it, teaming up to stop one of the most powerful people in the world/Emika’s boyfriend isn’t exactly easy. But whether they’re kicking butt in the Warcross championships or treading through sketchy parts of the Dark Web, Emika knows her friends always have her back, and we <3 that.


Steel Tide by Natalie C. Parker


We saw the fierceness of friendship and sisterhood in Seafire. But it isn’t until Caledonia has to take off and survive on her own that we realize just how much we miss Pisces and the rest of her unbreakable crew aboard the Mors Navis. This crew has each other’s backs to the very end (and, as we saw in Seafire…sometimes that’s the case.) This fierce sisterhood for sure deserves a special shoutout for #NationalFriendshipDay!


A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs


If you’ve been along for the ride since Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, you know that Jacob’s peculiar friends and the situations they are constantly stumbling into are both legendary and unforgettable. #StayPeculiar (Pssst, the next very peculiar installment The Conference of the Birds is hitting shelves January, 2020!)


Frankly in Love by David Yoon


Frankly in Love is hitting shelves NEXT MONTH!! And this list falls into reason number 8,947 we are so excited for you to read it and meet Frank and his best buddy Q. Q is without a doubt the best friend we all need in high school. These two have been through thick and thin and we won’t give anything away, but can’t wait for you to read some of the most hilarious back-and-forth in YA history. From their trips to Lake Girlfriend to impromptu video game sessions, we adore these two.



Did you know August is also Romance Awareness Month? Check out 8 of our fav YA romances here!


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