5 Books Featuring Best Friends

“A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy National Best Friends Day! To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of five books featuring epic friendships.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

By Ann Brashares

Over a few bags of cheese puffs, four girls decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

By J.K. Rowling

Arguably three of the most well known best friends in the literary world, Harry, Ron and Hermione take on magical and dangerous adventures in the first book of the Harry Potter series.

Best Friends Forever

By Jennifer Weiner

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes “a smart, witty fairy tale for grown-ups” (Maureen Corrigan, “NPR”) about the friendships that last a lifetime. Addie Downs and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever. 

Be a Friend

By Salina Yoon

It isn’t until Dennis meets a girl named Joy that he discovers the power of friendship–and how special he truly is! At its core, this book is a heartwarming story of self-acceptance, courage, and unbreakable friendship for anyone who has ever felt “different.”

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

By Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman

Although not featuring fictional best friends, this book makes the bold and compelling argument that a close friendship is the most influential and important relationship a human life can contain–helping you improve as a person and in your relationships with others.

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