No Valentine this year? No sweat. Who'd want to be eating cheap chocs and holding someone's slightly sweaty hand anyway, when you could be spending your Sundaycurled up under a blanket reading great books?
We're all about Galentine's this year instead of the lovey dovey stuff, so spend your February 14th getting lost in a girl power story with the 14 best BFFs in books.
1. The Ace Gang: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Of all of the books of all the girls you can ever read about, the chances are that Georgia and her besties Jas, Ellen and Jools will probably remind you the most of the shenanigans that your own bunh of pals get into. Making up ridiculous words, passing notes, talking about boys, figuring out makeup silliness. Because let's be honest – the best friends you could possibly have are the ones that make you laugh until your eyes start leaking, but are also willing to tell you when your eyebrows look a bit weird.
2. Callie and Kat: Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Stolen as a child from her family, and on the run with her mum for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and her dreams are haunted by memories she'd like to forget completely. But when Callie's mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie's real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind and learn what friendship really is with her cousin Kat.
3. Emily and Sloane: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Since You've Been Gone is the story of Emily Hughes' summer. After her best friend, Sloane, disappears with her family and leaves no trace, Emily is left alone and friendless for summer. Without any indication of where she's gone or when she'll be back, Sloane mails Emily a list of challenges for her to do during the summer. Emily believes that if she completes this list, Sloane will return home and in her quest to tick every item off, Emily makes some of the best and sweetest friendships of her life. Seriously, only a true best friend would demand that you "hug a Jamie."
4. Mia and Lilly: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Lilly and Mia's friendship is a good example of two people who sort of annoy each other constantly but still can't live without each other. Lilly is the total opposite of wallflower Mia - brash, outspoken with a TV show called 'Lilly Tells It Like It Is', but all of these things are pretty awesome and mean that the majority of their friendship is ridiculously funny. Sometimes even a princess needs a friend who tells it like it is and helps keep her feet firmly on the ground.
5. Bridget, Lena, Carmen, and Tibby: Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares
Basically the bible of all BFF-based books. One summer, they come across a pair of thrift store jeans that magically fit all of their radically different body types, so they decide to use the pants as a means of staying in touch over summer. Err, that's got to be real love. The girls have been friends since the day they were born (literally) and are always there for each other, even when it means going all the way to Greece. And if you're feeling mega lazy on Galentine's, you can always just pop the film on instead which is equally as awesome. This series is about much more than pants, obviously, and you'll definitely cry at some point when you're reading it.
6. The March sisters: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Okay, okay, so technically these girls are actually sisters in the March family, but anyone with sisters knows that you're also stuck being best friends whether you like it or not. They go through everything together - from dramatic hair cuts to burning novels, to marriages, heartbreaking deaths and babies), but they always manage to forgive, love and support each other.
7. Queenie and Maddie: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Only in wartime could a lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a special operations executive. When a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France, she is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in 'Verity's' own words, as she writes her account for her captors. Truth or lies? Honour or betrayal? Everything they've ever believed in is put to the test. It truthfully describes the magic of having a best friend, and the plot begins as their friendship starts before taking you up to and beyond the moment when it's put to the ultimate test.
8. Karou and Zuzanna: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou and Zuzana are more than just close pals - they would do anything for each other, and we don't just mean making toast and a cuppa. We're talking crossing deserts, fighting battles, providing endless support, as well as banter about chocolate cake and world peace. They keep each other going over some pretty heavy stuff just as real friends would do, while Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.
9. Anne and Diana: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Yeeeah we know, but it's a classic for a reason so hear us out. When you're first reading Anne of Green Gables, Diana Barry will probably seem wetter than a lettuce leaf in the sink and like she'd never have anything in common with Anne, but the two girls manage to pull each other out of some serious depths of despair like bad hair dyes, accidentally getting pissed and overactive imaginations that always land them into trouble. It's just a super cute story about kindred spirits and one of the ultimate examples of true friendship.
10. Kaz and Ruby: Remix by Non Pratt
16 year-old Kaz and Ruby are best friends who've both have recently undergone bad breakups - but for 3 days the girls can escape their problems because they're going to Remix festival. Only it's not that easy to have fun when both girls have been keeping secrets and they're about to discover that even the closest of friendships can be pushed to breaking point by all the love and frustration that comes with caring for each other.
11. Reagan and Catch: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Most fans of Fangirl will errr... fangirl over the romance side of things, but the creation of female friendship is equally special. Female friendships in YA are usually of the frenemy or "BFF soulmates" variety, but Reagan and Cath's friendship is unique. There's never any fake politeness or hidden agendas - when Reagan thinks Cath is being ridiculous, she just tells her. They actually talk about stuff like rational human beings. They don't have to braid each other's hair or hang out together all the time to display a healthy, realistic lady friendship. It's basically just like your own best friendships.
12. Cam, Bex and Liz: The Gallagher Girls stories by Ally Carter
All too often in YA fiction, the best friend is demoted to an extra character replaced by a love interest, but that's not the case in Ally Carter's books. Whether it's secretly dating a boy or breaking into high security facilities, the female characters are always there for each other and the favour is always returned. Their loyalty is unbreakable, even when Cammie leaves the school (to protect her pals) and comes back without a word in months - pretty much exactly how friendship should be.
13. Halley and Scartlett: Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Halley has always followed in the wake of her perfect best friend, Scarlett - that's just how their friendship has worked. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she's carrying his baby, she's left understandably devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs to rely on Halley rather than the other way around. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it'll never break - because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.
14. Cinder and Iko: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is a cyborg and Iko is an android, so it's not exactly your typical BFF situation, but they're proof that opposites can create the perfect friendship. Hard working and ambitious Cinder must the world from an evil queen, while Iko cracks jokes and always tries to lighten the mood so Cinder can relax. The pair face everything together and face constant struggle, but their friendship still manages to see the bright side of things and they both prove they'll go to any lengths to save each other.
Fictional friendship goals innit.
Let us know if you're a fan of any of these book BFFs, or have we missed out your fave from the list? Let us know with a tweet to @Sugarscape.
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