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Top 5 Girl Squads of YA; because who run the world?


We love YA in all it’s shapes and forms, but we are partial to an honest to goodness girl squad. That group of gals that take on the world and slay, just like our fave Spinster Club from Holly Bourne’s ‘How Hard Can Love Be?’

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A budding girl squad that quickly bonds and becomes rock solid, Holly’s books deal with some big issues and themes but the heart of the story is never lost. These girls show how you can start anew, and get stronger.

In honour of Miss Bourne’s fabulous females and their fierce friendship, here we list some of our favourite girl squads of all time.

1. The Ladybirds from ‘The Ladybirds’ series by Jenny McLachlan

Each book focuses on a different member of the ‘squad’: Bea, Betty, Kat and Pearl. Their group become more tightly knit throughout the series, especially in ‘Sunkissed’ where prickly Pearl comes through for desperate Kat while on holiday in Sweden. These gals have a friendship that could take on anything. Twice over.

2. The March sisters from ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott

‘Little Women’ makes the list because of its place in many young readers’ bookish journey. It was YA before YA was a thing. (When was that again? It’s a world we wouldn’t want to live in, that’s for sure).

“Sensible Meg, impetuous Jo, shy Beth and artistic Amy”, these sisters make each others’ lives richer and more whole, and they prove time and time again that they can work through their differences to support each other.

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…Everyone wanted to be Jo, right?

3. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares

“Over a bag of cheese puffs” these girls make a pact to stay in touch over the summer and send the trousers on to each other as they go their separate ways.

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Not everyone has a great summer, but this girl squad find a way to be there for each other when they can’t ‘be there’ physically’.

4. Kaz and Ruby from ‘Remix’ by Non Pratt

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Sometimes all you need is two to make a squad. And this duo may go through a rocky patch but their relationship is real. Pure girl power that proves itself in the end.

5. Rio, Jenou, Rainy and Frangie from ‘Front Lines’ by Michael Grant

This awesome foursome are a different kind of girl squad in that they don’t all come together until near the end of the book. That said, they are a badass ‘squad’ in a literal sense. Fighting on the front lines of an alternative World War II and where having each others’ backs literally means life or death. Dayum.

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We couldn’t list all of our fave girl squads, but did we miss yours? Tweet us @maximumpopbooks

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Written by Sarah Clare

Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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