Top 10 YA books that'll make you grateful for friendship

When the term #SquadGoals is actually relevant

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Sometimes your bookshelf can be oversaturated with the kind of love stories that involve vampires, werewolves, pixies, or science-fiction cyborgs. But, we all know that true love comes in many different forms; and one the sturdiest and most reliable categories is friendship.

So, in celebration of the fact that your pals will always, always be there for you, we asked Holly Bourne - author of What's A Girl Gotta Do? to list her Top 10 YA books on friendship: 

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Do you meet the love of your life when you're a teenager? Rarely. Do you meet friends you'll know for the rest of your life? Probably. Calvins and Toms may cometh and goeth, but the squad will always be there to welcome you home. That's why I wrote my Spinster Club trilogy, and why I ADORE YA books about friendship. Here are my favs.

1. The Girls in Love series by Jacqueline Wilson

Wilson was writing YA before it was even A Thing. Friends Ellie, Magda and Nadine manage to hold each other up through dodgy boyfriends, eating disorders, dead hamsters…

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2) The Night School series by C J Daugherty

When I was a teenager, my friends and I mostly sat on a bench in a naff park and drank two bottles of own-brand 11p 'cola' to get 'hyper'. But in Night School, they spend their spare time being kick-ass ninjas trying to take down the government.

3) The Ladybirds series by Jenny McLachlan

These books will make you honk with laughter so loud that loads of geese will turn up outside your window. But they're also heart-warming and made me cry at least three times. You will devour Bea, Pearl, Kat and Betty's books all in one big sitting.

4) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein


5) Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

I struggle to shut up about how amazing this book is. It's a beautiful, honest, unflinching depiction of how abuse doesn't just impact the victim, but everyone around it. Plus Sara takes the brave step of having absolutely no love interests in her book - leaving the limelight solely on Caddy, Suzanne and Rosie and their friendship.

6) Hollow Pike by Juno Dawson

Juno dedicated this book to 'everybody who has ever hated school' and Lis's group of anti-popular friends are just the fab people you want to watch Mean Girls with when there's a murderer on the loose.

7) Remix by Non Pratt

Set over a music festival, Non's ode to female friendship follows Ruby and Kaz as they navigate toxic ex-boyfriends, portaloos, pervy rockstars and tent sex.

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8) How To Be Bad by E Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski

This three-way co-authorship about three girls driving across America will make you ache for a chance to do the same. Apart from the bit where they almost get eaten by an alligator…

9) The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This book makes being a misfit positively aspirational. Yes, Charlie, Samantha and Patrick are fighting a LOT of inner-demons. But they're also dancing to the Rocky Horror Picture Show, throwing epic parties and driving through tunnels in the dead of night. #SquadGoals just for their taste in music alone.

10) The Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison

From their fish parties to their lunchbox berets, the Ace Gang in these books are the funniest, maddest loons in the loon galaxy. I want to smear my eyelashes with Vaseline and try and hang with them FOREVER.


Holly Bourne will be joining Sara Barnard, Sarra Manning and Sarah Pinborough to talk everything from best pals to toxic frenemies at the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) on Saturday 30th July. YALC is part of London Film and Comic Con at the Olympia London – get your tickets here.

Oh, and just a heads up: Evie, Amber and Lottie are back this summer. What's a Girl Gotta Do? – the third book in the Normal trilogy by Holly Bourne out on 1st August - will be available to buy exclusively at YALC or you can pre-order your copy now.

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