With summer comes great weather, no school, and total happiness. But it also brings camp, summer jobs and family vacations that can take us away from our besties for months. Pray you have cell service and WiFi so you can keep up on their Snapchat stories. In the meantime, these YA queens will serve as great substitute-BFFs until you are reunited:
Mariko from Flame in the Mist
Even though Mariko is disguised as a boy for most of this book, this badass chick is straight up BFF material. Even Ōkami and Ranmaru, the members of the Black Clan, can’t help but be charmed by her intelligence, sharp wit, and resourcefulness. You NEED this girl in your life.
Mira from Midnight Jewel
Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls, and that’s why we love her. She’s not in it for the life of glamour and leisure, she is searching for something much more practical: freedom. We are 100% on board to help her take down everyone that tries to stop her. #Fempire
Jilly from Once and For All
While we love Louna from Once and for All, we also can’t help but want her BFF Jilly to be ours as well. Jilly is that friend who is loud, confident, and encourages you to step out of your comfort zone which is something Louna, and many of us, seriously need from time to time!
Polly from Exit, Pursued by a Bear
When Hermione experiences a terrible trauma at cheer camp, her FIERCE BFF Polly is there by her side every step of the way. Whether it’s dismissing her enemies, holding her hand, or insisting they devour a mountain of ice cream, Polly is the kind of “I love you–I know” friend that every girl needs.
Scarlett from Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here
Are you stuck in your nothing town for the summer, scrolling through Instagram and hating how many likes people who take a picture of a random beach are getting? Scarlett Epstein is your girl. Full of snark and wit, she’ll make you feel at home spending your days scrolling through Tumblr, eating pizza, and doing your thing.
Amani from Rebel of the Sands
Spending your summer with Amani DEFINITELY won’t be boring. She has a dry wit and an attitude that might get you in trouble, but you’ll be too busy enjoying the ride to care. She can definitely teach you a few new skills too, like how to sharpshoot, tame a wild magical horse made of sand, and – well, maybe something else that won’t get you grounded.
Shahrzad from The Wrath and the Dawn
Maybe you want to fall in love this summer—or you’ll fall in love by accident. No one knows how to handle that mess better than Shazi. She’ll be able to give you some perspective, like it’s not going to be any worse than falling for the boy you swore to kill in an act of vengeance. Shazi will also be able to point you to some great new places to eat—it’s obvious she’s a huge foodie.
Helene from An Ember in the Ashes
On the other hand: What if you want to spend your summer getting over someone, and you need a friend who is just SO on your page? Helene gets you. She might be a tough nut to crack, but if you want to spend your days working out, focusing on yourself, and being a general bad-ass, Helene can show you how.
Zahra from The Forbidden Wish
Zahra is a jinni, so those perks are pretty clear. But if you need a friend who has timeless wisdom, perspective, and depth, Zahra will definitely be fun to bond with this summer. Plus—you can wish for unlimited pancakes! Or world peace, but…pancakes.
Want to meet more awesome YA ladies? Try these YA heroines who are #iconic!