The second book by award-winning author CJ Flood is finally here! ‘Nightwanderers’ is a gorgeous novel about friendship, family and nightwandering. CJ is going to share her favourite BFFs in YA!
In ‘Nightwanderers’, Rosie and Ti are the best of friends, despite being from different backgrounds and opposites in many ways. Regardless of their different personalities they have lots in common, including their love of family and food, and their craving for adventure. Throughout the course of the story their friendship is tested, and when it seems it would be easier for them to lose touch than stay friends, they must decide exactly how much their friendship means to them.
As I’ve grown older I’ve learnt how a falling out can strengthen a friendship, and how getting through awkwardness or forgiving betrayal can lead to a deeper and stronger bond. In the process of hurting each other, you might discover how badly you want to work to fix the relationship instead of just letting it drift away, like all those other pals have over the years. Fighting with a friend can lead to an even better friendship.
With this in mind, here are my all-time top five BFFs from YA.
‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ by ?Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a story about a mismatched pair of teenage boys, Ari and Dante, who become close in spite of their differences. They end up setting each other free by allowing each other to stop hiding their true selves. I would recommend it wholeheartedly for anyone who knows what it is like to feel trapped by expectation and heritage.
‘The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants’ series by Ann Brashares is the story of four best girlfriends, Tibby, Lena, Bridget and Carmen. Even as their lives move them away from each other they promise to keep in touch, through the act of sharing the best pair of jeans they have ever found. These lucky pants – which fit each of them perfectly in spite of their different shapes – bring them back together again and again. This story of friendship is so beautiful, moving and funny that it is an absolute must read.
In ‘Before I Die’ by Jenny Downham, Tessa is dying, and her lively and courageous best friend Zoey helps her to complete her bucket list, against the wishes of Tessa’s concerned and overwhelmed father. There is a big romance in this story too, but it doesn’t overshadow the true love of Tessa and Zoe. For fans of anyone who love The Fault in Our Stars (i.e. everyone.)
‘Daylight Saving’ by Ed Hogan is the surprising and hilarious story of Daniel Lever and his sad father’s holiday at Leisure World, which takes an unexpected turn when Daniel meets Lexie, a mysterious girl covered in scars. The two begin a friendship that becomes increasingly intense in this thrilling and heartfelt ghost story.
‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio is about Auggie, a ten year old boy born with a facial deformity who ends up going to a regular high school after a period of home schooling. Here, he makes a friend called Jack, or so he thinks until he overhears Jack say something unforgivable about his appearance. The pair’s friendship is severely tested, and Auggie must decide if Jack is worth the effort of forgiving.
This is a great time for YA books with best friends at their centre, and I am dying to read: ‘Remix’ by Non Pratt, ‘Someone Like You’ by Sarah Dessen, and ‘Beautiful Broken Things’ by Sara Barnard. What are your favourite books about friendship?
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