Top Ten Books With Positive Female Friendships

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Top Ten Books With Positive Female Friendships.

There are few things that will entice me to purchase a book more than the inclusion of positive female friendship. These relationships can prove some of the most life-changing, positive and empowering in our lives. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, positive female friendship continues to be a relative rarity in books aimed at the young adult audience. All too often women are portrayed as little more than antagonists, cast in the role of romantic rival. Thankfully, this is not always the case. Below are ten of my favourite examples of positive female friendship in books that I also happen to adore.

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

1) Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (Audrey & Victoria)

2) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (Beth & Jennifer)

3) Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae (Pippa & Morgan, Pippa & Chiara)

4) Hourglass by Myra McEntire (Emerson & Lila)

5) Golden by Jessi Kirby (Parker & Kat)

6) Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty (Jessica & Hope)

7) Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne & Diana)

8) Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen (Letty, Cordelia & Astrid)

9) Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (Emily & Sloane)

10) The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts (Mac, Emma, Laurel & Parker)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post has been brought to you by my favourite female friendship of all – Meredith and Christina on Grey’s Anatomy. Even when the writing was less than stellar, watching these two characters stand side-by-side brought me back to the series, week after week. Here’s to The Twisted Sisters!

“If I murdered someone, she’s the person I’d call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor.”




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10 responses to “Top Ten Books With Positive Female Friendships”

  1. I absolutely love your list. I think it’s great to have some strong female friendships out there. I can’t wait to read Since You’ve Been Gone. I’m also reading Golden soon, so it’s good to see both books on your list this week!
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  2. Lucy says:

    Mer and Cristina…sob!!! I can’t imagine Grey’s without their friendship.

    Great list, Jen! We have Attachments and Audrey, Wait! in common. I totally meant to add Golden but forgot, oh well.

    Since You’ve Been Gone is my next read so I’m happy to see it made the cut!
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  3. Nobody says:

    Awesome List! I have Since You’ve Been Gone downloaded and taunting me on my kindle I just haven’t gotten to it yet =)
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  4. Melissa says:

    Hourglass has such a striking cover!
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  5. Judith says:

    I love love love this topic! Good female friendships are so hard to come by in books and it often makes me sad. I’ve only read Golden and Since You’ve Been Gone but YES, those are such excellent examples. Have you read Open Road Summer? Because Reagan and Dee are my FAVORITES. I also adore the friendship in Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor, because those girls are like sisters. Love this topic, Jen!

  6. How did I forget about Jessica Darling??!!! I can’t believe she slipped my mind, aaahhh. So we’ll just pretend she’s on my list, okay? haha

    I love that you specifically chose strong female friendships to highlight. I think it IS a rarity in YA and definitely needs to be pointed out.
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  7. Betty says:

    I love good female friendships in books!!! I had Attachments on my list too– their friendship felt so real to me! I have Wish You Were Italian and Since You’ve Been Gone on my TBR list. I’ve owned Golden for a loooong time, but haven’t gotten to it yet– you’ve inspired me to get to it!!
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  8. Oooh, I adored Beth and Jennifer in Attachments. I loved how they supported each other, teased each other, forgave each other, and ultimately just loved each other. Such a wonderful friendship! And I REALLY love your shout out to Grey’s Anatomy. Meredith and Christina are a sensational team, and I will miss Christina so much!!
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  9. Sarah says:

    Sigh….GIRL you had at me at Anne of Green Gables. I mean, it’s the ULTIMATE female friendship! Bosom friend, kindred spirits…Anne Shirley and Diana Barry!!! I’m obsessed with these novels (and the PBS mini-series) and am so happy I had such a great literary example of female friendship from such a young age. I could go on and on about those two ladies!

  10. Jess Gofton says:

    What a great choice! There is a real lack of positive female relationships in YA and the media, isn’t there? It’s one of the things I look for now when I’m reading; I always find it disappointing that men get a ‘bromance’ while women are left to be romantic rivals or arch enemies.

    I almost included Attachments on my list, too, but I only read it fairly recently so I decided to go for a lot of the books I read during my childhood. I keep seeing Since You’ve Been Gone everywhere – I really need to get a copy! 🙂
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