For those of us with siblings, we all know that the relationships are anything but simple. Sometimes they’re great and sometimes they’re fraught with tension, but if you’re lucky, they’re the best friends you get to also be related to.
Here are my favorite books with sibling relationships that might not be perfect, but are precious and truly important.
1. The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris
From the acclaimed author of SLAY, comes a gripping, evocative novel about a Black teen who has the power to see into the future, whose life turns upside down when he foresees his younger brother’s imminent death.
2. Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
In this riveting, keenly emotional debut fantasy, a Black teen from Houston has her world upended when she learns about her godly ancestry—and with evil sinking its claws into humans and gods alike, she’ll have to unearth the magic of her true identity to save both her worlds, and especially her sister still in Houston.
3. You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Twin sisters Adina and Tovah don’t have a lot in common, but when the diagnosis of Huntington’s disease effects one of them and not the other, their world and relationship get put to the test.
4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean is very close with her sisters Margot and Kitty. In fact, Lara Jean had a major crush on her sister Margot’s boyfriend Josh. When Margot and Josh break-up as Margot gets ready to go off to college, things get super complicated for Lara Jean. All’s fair in love and war, right?
5. Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
This book is both about mending sibling relationships and international romance, so this definitely on my list of books to read this summer. When Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of Ireland, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with her brother, Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan, she hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.
6. All in Pieces by Suzanne Young
Savannah’s love and defense for her brother Evan, sparks a series of events throughout the book. Even though life is a challenge at every turn for Savannah, there’s not doubting her deep love and willingness to do everything she can to protect her brother.
7. The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith
When Brooke’s mother is arrested for murdering her abusive father, Brooke and her siblings are on their own. Over the course of a year, Brooke has to confront her family’s violence and figure out her place in the world.
8. Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee
Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins, Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. This book is told in alternating perspectives and is such a heartwarming, unconventional story.
9. Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
This book shows us what it can be like dealing with the unthinkable—the sudden loss of a beloved sister. When Rumi’s sister Lea dies in a car crash, she has to process all the emotions that come with losing a sister that meant so much to her. You’ll need plenty of tissues for this one, but it is a heart-breakingly beautiful read.
10. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
Stella has grown up with Cystic Fibrosis, and the one thing that always made her feel better were the drawings, gifts, and support from her older sister sister. Five Feet Apart really shows how a sister can support another when dealing with serious illness. Plus, the movie is out now, so you’ll want to check that out!