Today is national Best Friends Day.
So I started thinking… there are some really great friendships in books. There are also some books that are seemingly devoid of friendship. Or ones in which it’s just a weird, jealousy-based dynamic that the author TELLS us is friendship.
But then there are the friendships that are utterly transcendent. And those are the ones I want to talk about.
Be prepared: There will be a lot of these. As a result, I can’t talk about them as much as I would like to. Also: This is a list of NON-ROMANTIC relationships in which family is NOT a factor (I haven’t included any pairs of people who are related to each other).
Let’s get this party started.
Phedre no Delaunay and Alcuin no Delaunay (Kushiel’s Legacy, by Jacqueline Carey). THEY’RE NOT ACTUALLY RELATED. ADOPTED. So I can include them here.
Rowan and Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass series, by Sarah J. Maas)
Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Harry Potter (Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling). Okay, two of them DO end up together, but… I’m thinking of the three of them as a group, y’all. As a group. Golden Trio.
Kenji Kishimoto and Juliette Ferrars (Shatter Me, by Tahareh Mafi).
Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon). I know, I know, they’re technically cousins… but they were estranged! So they didn’t really know each other!
Aria and Roar (Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi)
Fermín Romero de Torres and Daniel Sempere (La Sombra del Viento, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón)
Deeba I’m-Blanking-On-Her-Last-Name and Zanna Moon (Un Lun Dun, by China Miéville)
Septimus Heap and O. Beetle Beetle (the Septimus Heap series, by Angie Sage)
Anne Shirley and Diana Barry (Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery)
Sevro and Darrow (Red Rising, by Pierce Brown)
Kelsier and literally everyone else in the entire series (the Mistborn series, by Brandon Sanderson)
Murra-yari and Stephen (the Valley of Secrets, by Charmian Hussey)
Hugo Cabret and Isabelle (the Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick)
Kolya and Lev (City of Thieves, by David Benioff)
SO MANY BFF PAIRS (the Redwall series, by Brian Jacques)
Jonah Griggs and Chaz Santangelo and Raffy and Taylor and EVERYONE (On the Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta)
Almondine and Edgar Sawtelle (The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski)
Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders (The Chosen, by Chaim Potok)
Maddie Brodatt and Julie Beaufort-Stuart (Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein)
Simmon and Kvothe and Wilem (the Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss). Was tempted to put down Kvothe and Auri here as well.
Karou and Zuzana (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor)
Sam and Frodo (the Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkein)
Rudy Steiner and Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak). I didn’t want to put this one on here, because it is my opinion that Liesel DOES love him back, she only realizes it too late, but… My mom insisted that they remain on this list. So here they are.
Callanish and North (The Gracekeepers, by Kirsty Logan)
Harper Price and Bee (Rebel Belle, by Rachel Hawkins)
Blackjack and Luther (Fool on the Hill, by Matt Ruff)
Bishop and Ragnarok (Fool on the Hill, by Matt Ruff)
Joe Leephorn and Jim Chee (all of those mystery books by Tony Hillerman)
The Gumm Street Girls, all of them (The Gumm Street Girls, by Elise Primavera)
Kira and Matt (Gathering Blue, by Lois Lowry)
Milo and Tock (The Phantom Tolbooth, by Norman Juster)
Hollis Woods and Josie Cahill (Pictures of Hollis Woods, by Patricia Riley Giff)
Candy Quackenbush and John (all of the multiple heads) (Abarat, by Clive Barker)
Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams)
Bentley and Slally (Prince Ombra,by Roderick MacLeish)
Finnick Odair and Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins)
Frog and Toad (Frog and Toad, by Arnold Lobel)
The Penderwicks and Jeffrey (The Penderwicks, by Jane Bird)
Sam Gribley and ‘Bando’ (My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George)