This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a freebie! And since I’ve had the incredible luck of reading a bunch of books that feature amazing friendships (with zero hints of romance!) recently, I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase them! Without further ado, here are ten of my favorite fictional friendships.
Rin and Kitay
I just finished The Dragon Republic, sequel to The Poppy War, and I’M DEAD. To the people who have yet to read it: Honey, you got a big storm coming.
But what became clear to me as I read The Dragon Republic was the power that Rin and Kitay’s friendship had. They know each other so well, and have seen each other at their worst. It’s such a comforting thought to think that no matter how dark the series gets, they will continue to be each other’s allies no matter what.
Frances and Aled
I know that Frances and Aled’s friendship is already widely hyped up as the ultimate platonic relationship, but I finally picked up Radio Silence this month and I can confirm that their friendship is amazing. Their relationship ultimately stayed strong despite numerous bumps in the road, and I appreciate that the author didn’t feel the need to force a romance between them.
Hannah and Gemma
Gemma is so supportive of Hannah, always pushing her in the right direction and staying by Hannah’s side even though she has secrets to keep. It’s mentioned in the book that Gemma is Hannah’s “muggle best friend,” and though this is true, Gemma is the ultimate muggle sidekick!
The Super Six
The last book I finished is Red, White & Royal Blue, and the hype did not lie, friends. This book was incredible, and part of the reason why is because it features such amazing friendships. There’s the White House Trio, made up of Alex, Nora, and June, who all have eccentric personalities but somehow work so well together. And then there’s Henry, Prince of Wales, his sister, Bea, and his best friend, Pez. All six of them make up the Super Six, a name given to them by the media. Their group chat texts are hilarious. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that each and every one of them is iconic.
Henry and Ling
I’m still a little salty that Lair of Dreams disappointed me so much, but one thing I loved about it was the banter between Henry and Ling. I loved seeing Henry annoy Ling into becoming his friend. Their friendship is also a welcome break from the sometimes infuriating drama happening between the other characters in the series.
Emily and Sloane
Since You’ve Been Gone is ultimately a story of friendship, and it’s about finding a way out of your shell through your best friend. Also, since it’s summer for most of you right now, Since You’ve Been Gone is the perfect light and fluffy summer read!
Melati and Vincent
Though Vince sometimes doesn’t understand what Mel is going through, he tries his best anyway. And, like with Frances and Aled, I love that the author didn’t force a romance between them! Also, this is your daily reminder to stop sleeping on The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf. It’s a beautiful book with amazing rep, and it deserves way more hype!
You all know a fictional friendship list wouldn’t be complete without The Dregs… or is it the Crows? Seriously what is the official name for Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Wylan and Jesper??
This group of criminals and outcasts progressed from being completely at odds with one another in Six of Crows, to becoming an incredible fictional squad in Crooked Kingdom, and I’m so proud of them.
Rumi and Kai
Rumi is not the most welcoming person, but Kai somehow convinces her to be his friend anyway. Kai is so understanding of Rumi being on the ace and aro spectrum, and I just wanna protect him!
Kate and August
Throwing it back to a book I read years ago, we have Kate and August. This Savage Song is hailed as a platonic Romeo and Juliet, and I completely agree with that pitch. Kate and August are both children of the leaders of two opposing groups, but they form an unlikely yet beautiful friendship anyway.
And that’s the list! I mostly included recent reads, but I just had to mention some throwbacks. I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite fictional friendships!
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