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12 BFFs from YA Books You Need in Your Life

April 19, 2021
Rachel Berquist

Everyone loves to talk about their favorite ships in young adult books, but the friendships are just as worthy of admiring. Romantic relationships come and go, but good friends will be your constants throughout your life. Best friendships are hard to find, which is why we’re jealous of these incredible friendships in YA! These are the BFFs in YA books that you wish you could be your support system.

12 BFFs from YA Books You Need in Your Life

1. Kat and Stevie — Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

I feel like every high school has a Kat and Stevie, two best friends that are inseparable and do everything together, even get lost in New York City! One of the truly great things about Kat and Stevie is that yes, they do get in a fight, but both of them learn, grow, and become better friends to each other as a result. I don’t know about you but that sounds like the type of friends I’d want in my life.


2. The Killa Honeys — Bruised by Tanya Boteju

After Daya’s parents die in a car accident, the last she wants to do is deal with the pain she feels in her heart. Instead, she joins the Killa Honeys, a roller derby team, so that she can cover her grief with bruises that she can control. This colorful group of friends and teammates is just what Daya needs to slowly begin to heal and learn that strength is in the soft parts.


3. Sky, Bree & Marshall — The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

There are so many great friends in The Sky Blues who all come together to help Sky Baker find the person who outed his promposal plans in a homophobic eblast. But for this article we are focusing on Bree and Marshall, Sky’s two best friends. Bree’s family takes Sky in when his kicks him out after discovering he’s gay and Marshall is Sky’s best friend since childhood. Having friends who will always have your back like Marshall and Bree is truly the dream.


4. Cordelia and Lucie – Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Cordelia and Lucie’s friendship began hard and fast. After spending just two weeks together, the two became fast friends, and developed a close relationship. After they parted ways, they remained in contact and sent each other letters every week. Cordelia and Lucie are essentially “BFF” pen pals and their relationship is a beautiful reminder that you don’t need to be in the same state, let alone country, as your best friend. Also, let’s not forget that Lucie named the protagonist of her novel, The Beautiful Cordelia, after her friend.


5. Will and Jem – The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

If you’ve read The Infernal Devices, then you know that Will and Jem are more than best friends, they are parabatai. For those who aren’t versed in Shadowhunter lore, a parabatai is a pair of warriors who fight together as lifelong partners, bound to each other by oath. Will and Jem’s friendship has survived a lot, from being in love with the same woman, to surviving multiple near-death experiences together, the two friends have always loved and supported each other. Will and Jem always put each other first, and their bond to each is beyond admirable.


6. Sloane & Emily – Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Some best friendships are comfortable and familiar. But some best friends don’t always make you feel comfortable! These are the friends that aren’t afraid to push you outside of your comfort zone. These friends ultimately make you better, because they know you better than they know yourself. They know deep down, you want to be more spontaneous and that you’re not afraid to have fun…you just need some coaxing. This is the friendship that Sloane and Emily have.


7. Addie and Lina – Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

When Lina’s mom dies, her best friend Addie is there for her without hesitation. Even after Lina moves to Florence, Italy, to be with her father, her best friend’s support never wavers. Addie and Lina have a friendship that we all should admire, because they support each other through their darkest moments, in addition to their happy ones. Addie & Lina are supportive and kind, and the kind of friends we would be lucky to have.


8. Milla and Iris – The Cold is in her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She’s never allowed to leave her village, and her loneliness eats away at her. But everything changes once Milla meets Iris. For the first time in her life, Milla has a friend. Someone to talk to, to confide in, to spend time with other than her family. When Iris is captured and imprisoned, Milla leaves home to rescue her and to break the curse. Milla and Iris’ relationship is friendship goals, because when Iris is in danger, Milla doesn’t hesitate to save her.


9. Pablo and Tice – Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

Pablo and Tice have been friends forever, they have the kind of friendship that can survive even the tough moments. In Permanent Record, Pablo isn’t the greatest friend to Tice, but that doesn’t stop Tice from being there for his best friend. Once Pablo finally reveals to Tice that he’s been dating international pop star Leanna Smart, and that she’ll be visiting their shared apartment, Tice cleans the entire place so that Pablo can impress her! In addition, Tice is the kind of friend that isn’t afraid to call Pablo out when he’s being kind of a jerk. Pablo and Tice have an honest, true friendship, that feels so real and special.


10. Stella and Poe – Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Stella and Poe both have Cystic Fibrosis, so they can relate to each other in a way that they can’t with their other friends. However, Stella and Poe’s bond is so much more than just CF. They know each other inside and out, and they are the best support system for each other. Stella and Poe are the kind of friends that you could call at 3am. They have a beautiful friendship and we would all be lucky to have them in our lives.


11. Claire and Kiera – SLAY by Brittney Morris

Some friends write songs together, while other friends create a virtual reality video game that is played worldwide. Both Kiera and Claire have alter egos in the game, and decide to keep their identities a secret to protect themselves.  But once the future of the game they created together becomes uncertain, the girls allow their walls to come down and reveal who they truly are. Claire and Kiera’s friendship began online, but that doesn’t make it any less real. Although for most of the novel, they don’t know each other’s real names, they still show up and support each other in so many real ways. They trust each other entirely and their friendship shows that so often, “internet friends”, are real friends too!


12. Rowan and Tyger – Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Rowan and Tyger are both “lettuce-kids.” Kids sandwiched in the middle of large families, and according to them, not their parents’ favorites. Rowan and Tyger initially bond over their families’ disinterest with both of them. Rowan and Tyger have opposing personalities, while Rowan is level headed and methodical, Tyger is spontaneous, and dreams of being a party boy. But despite their differences, they do support each other. Rowan and Tyger are friends without judgment, and we’d be lucky to have partners in crime like them.

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