Tom Ellen, half of the excellent writing duo behind ‘Lobsters’ and ‘Never Evers’, is sharing some of his favourite fictional friendships with us! We think he’s made some rather fab choices.
Fred Weasley, George Weasley & Lee Jordan (Harry Potter)
I have never been able to forgive Fred and George for leaving Lee out of the Umbridge fireworks attack. These three are such a great trio for the first five books, and then, for no apparent reason, the Weasley twins decide to mount their attack on Umbridge without Lee. They promptly get expelled, and Lee is left all alone. At the end of The Order of the Phoenix, there’s a really sad little moment where Harry spots Lee wandering the Hogwarts corridors forlornly, without his two best mates. Despite this rather sad ending, though, these three provide some of the funniest moments of the entire Harry Potter saga, so they deserve a spot on our favourite YA friendships…
Bree & Holdo (The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting)
Obviously, they spend a large chunk of the novel very much NOT being friends, but their friendship at the beginning and end of TMOHTBI is one of my favourite things about Holly Bourne’s great book. Bree’s good-natured, long-suffering patience with Holdo’s rather endearing pretentiousness and cultural snobbery always makes me laugh. And I’m 100% with him on banishing ‘text speak’.
Matt, Coop & Sean (Swim The Fly)
These three 15-year-olds are a bit like an American version of The Inbetweeners. In Don Calame’s excellent novel, they set themselves the goal of trying to see a real, live girl naked before the end of the summer, and while they end up almost always embarrassing themselves, they always have each other’s back – as all good friends should.
‘Never Evers’ tells the story of three girls, three boys and a hamster on a school ski trip that will have you laughing so hard you’re crying. It’s a lovely tale of friendship, fame and first love.
‘Never Evers’ was published by Chicken House on January 7th. We love it and we think you will too!
Who are your favourite fictional friendships? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks
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