Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books About Friendship


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Books About Friendship


1. Looking for Alaska by John Green

The friendship between the characters in this book is simply beautiful. When I think about Pudge, the Colonel, and Alaska, I get very emotional. Snapshots of their friendship flash through my head, and I realize that I am in love with these three characters because what they had as friends is very real to me.

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” The bond between the friends in this book is incredibly special. This is the story of a wallflower who is pulled from the wall—because when we are in our darkest places, our friends are often the ones to reach us and pull us out.

3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I realize that this isn’t the traditional choice. Amir is a terrible friend to Hassan, but truly, this is a book about friendship and the mistakes we can make as friends. My students and I spend a lot of time discussing what the meaning and value of friendship when we read this text, and Amir teaches us many lessons.

4. Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Dear Caitlin, There are so many things that I want so badly to tell you but I just can’t. This is a book that is about the devastating loss of a friend. The power of Caitlin and Ingrid’s friendship still lingers with me, five years after I finished this book. The youtube trailer is beautiful. I always show it to my students before they start their book trailer projects, and they love it.

5. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

George and Lennie. I love these two guys. We learn an awful lot (both good and bad) about friendship from them. They hold a special place in my heart.


1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

You can’t have a friendship list without talking about Wilbur and Charlotte. She was such an amazing friend to him. Shows you will find the best of friends in the most unlikely places.

2. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I love that Rick Riordan never turned these books into romance books. Annabeth and Percy are just friends and are friends that will risk their lives to save the other.

3. Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems

These books are so funny, and it is because of the dynamic between Elephant and Piggie. They are such perfect friends–they need each other!

4. Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

Like Elephant and Piggie, Frog and Toad are opposites that make the best friends because they balance each other out.

5. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This is story ultimately is about friendship and how friends can save your life.

What are your favorite books that celebrate friends?

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9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books About Friendship”

  1. I really loved the friendship in Looking for Alaska. It’s definitely my favorite John Green book as well; it’s just so amazing. I loved the friendship in Perks of Being a Wallflower too! Sam, Patrick, and Charlie were just so wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  2. The Perks Of Being a Wallflower great choice and I see we both did Charlotte’s Web a timeless classic.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Lots of great picks! I’m kind of bummed I didn’t even think about animal friendships:) That’s what great about these lists – seeing all the similarities and differences in how people respond to the topic. Thanks for stopping by my list!

    • I didn’t think of animal friendships either, Stephanie. I love seeing how others respond too! Even seeing how my blog partner responds is interesting. 🙂

      • It is interesting to see the different lists! There are books people mentioned that I didn’t even see as friendship books, but when explained it definitely makes sense. 🙂


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